Seminar Series

Manual librayThe Foods for Health Institute hosts a monthly seminar series, organized by Megan Sanctuary, that both highlights path-breaking work at UC Davis and invites researchers from around the world to share their work.


  • June 19, 2015 Nitin Nitin and Ian Kennedy (UC Davis), "Phages and Photonics- Applications in Food Systems"
  • April 13, 2015: Karsten Kristiansen (University of Copenhagen), "The gut microbiota in health and disease"
  • March 20, 2015: Kimber Stanhope (UC Davis), "Does consumption of added sugar contribute to the epidemics of metabolic disease?"
  • February 20, 2015: Pamela Ronald (UC Davis), "Tomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetics and the Future of Food"


  • October 9, 2014: Jens Walter (University of Alberta), "Dietary Modulation of the Human Gut Microbiota - An Ecological Perspective' 
  • Mary 16, 2014: Fawaz Haj (UC Davis), "Beige can be slimming: new insights into the metabolic functions of adipose pyruvate kinase M2"
  • May 1, 2014: Jairam Vanamala (Penn State University), "Food Systems Approach to Gut Health"
  • April 22, 2014: Ricardo Koyner (Kotowa Farms, Panama), "Panama as an Origin: Geisha, other traditional coffee varieties and effect of process on flavor"
  • April 18, 2014: Elizabeth Maga (UC Davis), "Dissecting the role of milk components on intestinal health using a pig model"
  • March 21, 2014: Judy Van de Wate (UC Davis), "Immune Dysregulation in ASD" and Luke Heuer (UC Davis), "Microbiome in ASD: What we know and what need to know"
  • February 21, 2014: Irva Hertz-Picciotto (UC Davis), "Environmental and Nutritional Causes of Autism and Developmental Delay"
  • January 24,2014: Bruce German (UC Davis), "'Evolutionary Nutrition: If only Darwin had been fascinated by food and not beetles!"