Yamile is a PhD student in Biological Systems Engineering researching physico-chemical changes of food during in vitro digestion. Her current projects include modeling the effective diffusivity of acid into food matrices, textural and microstructural changes in foods during digestion, and measuring the antioxidant activity of fruit juices after gastric and intestinal in vitro digestion as influenced by processing treatments (thermal and high pressure). Her research objective is to understand the influence of cooking or processing methods of foods on the physical and chemical changes during in vitro digestion and their relationship with nutrient absorption.
Karen Rios Villa
Karen is a Masters student in Food and Technology Department. Her research interest is studying the food processing effects over nutrients available using in vitro digestion models. Her current project is measure antioxidant bioaccesability and protein digestibility of protein enhanced juices during in vitro digestion as influenced by thermal and high pressure processing.
Clay is a PhD student in Biological Systems Engineering investigating multi phase-flows in digestion using a computational fluid dynamic approach with the objective of identifying design criteria for functional foods and medicines.
Alex is a PhD student in Food Science and Technology. He is interested in developing and validating a method which, by classifying food materials, would allow for the determination of the likelihood of a correlation between in vitro digestion trials run on the bench top and the digestion that occurs in the human body.
Danny Tagle Freire
Erik is a Dutch Masters student in Food Technology from Wageningen University (The Netherlands). During his time in Davis he is working on standardizing a method to classify high-protein food materials based on their behavior in the upper human digestive tract.
Clair Floyd is an undergraduate student in Chemical Engineering. She is studying the effects of varying processing methods on the properties of fruit and vegetable juices, including the antioxidant capacity after gastric and intestinal digestion.
Arash is an undergraduate student in Biosystems Engineering. He is studying a dynamic model of gastric digestion, specifically on almond milk. The goal is to provide a more realistic representation of digestion for in vitro studies.
Riley Graham is an undergraduate student in food science studying various digestion properties of fruits.