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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Team



Yuriko Adkins, Ph.D.                 Nutritional Molecular Biologist

Dr. Adkins received her Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis.  She completed a research fellowship at the National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health and previously worked in the biotechnology industry as a scientific consultant in therapeutic concept for health and disease.  She currently investigates the mechanisms by which dietary omega-3 fatty acids as well as phytonutrients decrease the risk for developing metabolic syndrome, including cardiovascular disease, through the modulation of inflammatory signaling pathways.  She has extensive molecular and biochemical experience including quantification of fatty acids in tissues and experimental diets using gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC-MS), gene expression studies, expression of recombinant human proteins, isolation and purification of proteins using fast protein liquid chromatography (FPLC), preclinical evaluation of protein bioactivity and stability for therapeutic potential for health related conditions, and cell-ligand binding, uptake, and transport studies.


Dawn Fedor                               Ph.D. Candidate, UC Davis, Nutritional Biology

Dawn is studying the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on insulin resistance and inflammation. Her current research objectives include determining the effectiveness of individual fatty acids in the prevention and reversal of insulin resistance and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in an animal model. She will be examining the molecular mechanisms through which fatty acids regulate immune and inflammatory responses using molecular and biochemical techniques including lipid analysis (GC-MS) of plasma and tissues.


Divya Denduluri                         M.S. Student, UC Davis, Nutritional Biology



Shannon Householder               UC Davis Intern, Nutritional Biochemistry, Pre-Med






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