Current Grad Students

M.Sc. Students

Anjalika Abraham Anjalika Abraham
Dr. Peter Jones (advisor)
Research Project: Effect of consumption of functional foods consisting of high oleic canola oil, barley beta glucan and DHA on plasma lipids and cholesterol metabolism.
Aakangchhya Bhusal Aakangchhya Bhusal
Dr. Dan Brown (advisor), Dr. Chris Siow (co-advisor)
Currently I am working under the supervision of Dr. Dan Brown at St. Boniface Research center (CCARM). I am a masters student in the department of human nutritional sciences. My project is titled as "A comparative study of the antioxidant potential and metabolic profiling of lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis idaea) from Northern Manitoba and Newfoundland.”
Karlee Dyck Karlee Dyck
Dr. Miyoung Suh (advisor)
I am currently completing a MSc. I'm completing a pilot studying on the nutrient intake of pregnant women in Winnipeg. The nutrients of interest are those important to fetal brain and their implications for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
Ronak Fahmi Ronak Fahmi
Dr. Usha Thyiam-Hollander (advisor)
Research area: Antioxidant and antimicrobial properties of endogenous phenolic compounds from commercial mustard products.
Farnaz Farshidfar Farnaz Farshidfar
Dr. Semone Myrie (advisor)
Effects of Creatine Supplementation on Muscle Metabolism in an Alzheimer Mouse Model
Afroza Ferdouse Afroza Ferdouse
Dr. Harold Aukema (advisor)
Under the research area of nutritional lipidomics, my proposed research work will be on "Effects of dietary oils on Rat brain oxylipin composition". It will be done under the supervision of Dr. Harold Aukema.
Melissa Gabbs Melissa Gabbs
Dr. Harold Aukema (advisor)
My work is focused on omega-3 fatty acids and oxylipins, which are metabolites that are produced from polyunsaturated fatty acids.
Jess Gutkin Jess Gutkin
Dr. Christina Lengyel (advisor)
I am in my first year as a M.Sc. student under the supervision of my advisor Dr.Christina Lengyel. Within the area of community nutrition, I am researching the topic of dietary habits and health of baby boomer men and women. I will be taking a leave of absence next year to complete my dietetic internship and return the following year to complete my M.Sc.
Nikki Hawrylyshen Nikki Hawrylyshen
Dr. Christina Lengyel (advisor)
I am a first year M.Sc. student under the supervision of Dr. Christina Lengyel. My area of interest is community nutrition.  My research topic is on rural and urban dwelling baby boomer women residing in Manitoba and their body perceptions and food choices. In addition to my M.Sc., I am working towards a specialization in aging through the Centre on Aging. I will be taking a leave next year to complete my dietetic internship here in Manitoba and will return in 2017 to complete my M.Sc.
Amy Henderson Amy Henderson (Goulet)
Dr. Joyce Slater (advisor)
I’m a Masters Student with Dr Slater. Research area: Community-based research project with Food Matters Manitoba to build newcomer food security in Winnipeg’s North End. Involve the development and evaluation of a Newcomer Nutrition Program and Newcomer Food and Nutrition Network. Project title: Growing Roots: An Action Research Project to Build Newcomer Food Security in Winnipeg’s North End.
Md Ariful Islam Md Ariful Islam
Dr. Harold Aukema (advisor)
Currently I am doing my M.Sc. in Human Nutritional Sciences under the supervision of Dr. Harold Aukema. My research focus is examining the effect of dietary protein levels on kidney oxylipins. I have completed my B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Food Technology & Nutritional Science from Bangladesh. I received several scholarships and fellowships from many Local, National and International bodies; among which include International Graduate students Entrance Scholarship (IGSES), University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship (UMGF) and Manitoba Graduate Scholarship (MGS).
Olena Kloss Olena Kloss
Dr. Miyoung Suh (advisor)
Second year MSc student in the Department of Human Nutritional Sciences at the University of Manitoba. Currently, I am studying the effect of nutrition on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, under the supervision of Dr. Miyoung Suh.
Shan Leng Shan Leng
Dr. Harold Aukema (advisor)
I am currently a master student with Dr.Harold Aukema. My master project is focused on the fatty acid and oxylipin metabolism. Oxylipins are a new class of lipid mediators which play very important role in health. I have been demonstrating the different polyunsaturated fatty acid (different types of omega-3 and omega-6) altered the level of oxylipins.  There are over 100 oxylipins were analyzed by using developed lipidomic analysis which opend a new chapter of these lipid compounds for them to be discovered. This research is relevant to the concerns of dietary omega-3 and omega-6 recommendations.
Jingbang Lian Jingbang Lian
Dr. Usha Thiyam-Hollander (advisor)
My research area is ultrasonic bleaching of hemp and canola oil, and phenolic compounds and antioxidant activity of hemp and canola oil.
Tara Loader Tara Loader
Dr. Carla Taylor (advisor), Dr. Peter Zahradka (co-advisor)
Research area: Pulses and blood vessel function in hypertension
Kelsey Mann Kelsey Mann
Dr. Christina Lengyel (advisor)
I am a first year masters student working with Dr. Christina Lengyel on the Making the most of mealtimes (M3) research study. My thesis will utilize the data from this study and will examine factors related to eating assistance in long term care residents with dementia.
Maria Morales Maria Morales
Dr. James Friel (advisor)
My research focuses on the gut microbiota of preterm infants and its relationship with feeding and oxidative stress.
Elaheh Nosratmirshekarlou Elaheh Nosratmirshekarlou
Dr. Miyoung Suh (advisor)
I am doing my masters, started at Jan 2015. I am working on the Effects of Astaxanthin Supplementation on Fetal Oxidative Stress in a rodent model, Induced by Ethanol Exposure during Gestational Period.
Amalia Santiago Amalia Santiago
Dr. Michel Aliani (advisor)
I've been working with Dr. Michel Aliani since September, 2013 on the effect of flaxseed addition and storage condition on acceptability, sensory properties, and bioactive components concentrations in banana and cinnamon muffins., which are employed in a clinical trial.   Consumer acceptability, descriptive analysis, physical and chemical measurements were employed to test these effect.  I am in my last year of my degree as a Master's student.
Le Wang Le Wang
Dr. Michel Aliani (advisor), Dr. Carla Taylor (co-advisor)
Metabolomics study of the effect of bean consumption on Peripheral Arterial Disease patients.
Chunlei Zhang Chunlei Zhang
Dr. Rotimi Aluko (advisor)
My research area is screen meet protein hydrolysates as sources of bitter taste blockers.
Ruiyin Zhou Ruiyin Zhou
Dr. Michel Aliani (advisor)
Research area: Investigating the role of low molecular weight peptides as Maillard reactant flavor precursors in meat.
Haonan Zhouyao Haonan Zhouyao
Dr. Peter Eck (advisor)
Research Area: Field of nutrigenomics and molecular nutrition. I investigate the interaction between nutrients and the human gene. My current research projects are focusing on membrane transporters.

Ph.D. Students

Jaime Clark Jaime Clark
In 2012 I graduated from the Faculty of Human Ecology at the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Human Nutritional Sciences. Later that year I began my MSc degree in Human Nutritional Sciences with Dr. Carla Taylor (Department of Human Nutritional Sciences) and Dr. Peter Zahradka (Department of Physiology and Pathophysiology) at the University of Manitoba, and in 2014 I transferred into the PhD pgram. My research area of interest includes the effects of pulses on vascular health, with a specific focus on phytochemicals from dry beans and their bioavailability and efficacy toward improving vascular function.
Jessay Devassy Jessay Devassy
Dr. Harold Aukema (advisor)
Jessay joined Dr. Harold Aukema’s lab in 2010 for a masters program and later transferred to PhD. His primary research interest is examining the effects of dietary fats and protein on fatty acid metabolism in health and disease. He is particularly interested in oxylipins, which are signaling mediators (e.g. prostaglandins) derived from polyunsaturated fats. Using lipidomics approach, he has done several studies investigating the effect of dietary lipids on oxylipidome of renal tissues in inherited cystic kidneys. His other research interest is in obesity management using high protein diets. While doing his PhD, he actively participated in organizing the ‘Functional food symposium’ at the University of Manitoba for 3 years. He is also an NSERC-FAST Trainee. He is currently in the final stages of his PhD.
Jennifer Grant

Jennifer Grant
Dr. Michel Aliani and Dr. Carla Taylor (advisors)
Obesity and vitamin D metabolism

Md Monirujjaman Md Monirujjaman
Dr. Harold Aukema (advisor)
Education: M.S. and B.Sc. (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.  Worked as a Research Officer at the Nutritional Biochemistry Lab, International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr, b) and Faculty member at the Independent University Bangladesh (IUB).
Research Interests: Nutritional Lipidomics. Examining the effect of dietary interventions (soy protein and fish/flax oil) in early disease progression of polycystic kidney disease. Also looking oxylipin profile and their roles in normal and diseased kidneys. Another research interest is to examine biosynthetic pathways of major oxylipins derived from Linoleic acid (LA) and α-Linolenic acid (ALA) and their tissue specificity.
Ifeanyi Nwachukwu Ifeanyi Nwachukwu
 Dr. Rotimi Aluko (advisor)
The physiologically active building blocks or sub-units of proteins known as bioactive peptides (BAPs) possess important health-promoting benefits. However, their usefulness as health-promoting agents is often limited. This is because they are not transported across the membrane of intestinal cells, also known as the intestinal epithelium, into the blood circulation in amounts that will be sufficient for their effects on the body to be fully exerted. My PhD project will investigate the various ways by which blood pressure-lowering BAPs from flaxseed are absorbed from the intestines into the blood circulation. This will deepen current understanding of this area of biomedical science and enhance the use of BAPs for the prevention of hypertension- a risk factor in stroke, heart diseases, and other related disease conditions such as kidney failure.