Two KCH Students Receive Egg Nutrition Center Fellowships

Two students in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health were recently awarded highly competitive fellowships from the Egg Nutrition Center.  Grace Niemiro, a doctoral student in Dr. Michael De Lisio’s lab, and Stephan van Vliet, a graduate student in Nicholas A. Burd’s lab, were among those chosen for this prestigious award. 
In addition to the support from Dr. De Lisio, Grace’s application was supported by Dr. Chuck Hillman, Dr. Naiman Khan, and Lauren Raine of the Neurocognitive Kinesiology Laboratory in the Department of KCH.  Grace graduated in May 2014 from Illinois with a B.S. in chemistry. Her primary research interest is the role of circulating progenitor cells in obesity and exercise. 
Stephan has a research interest in the nutritional modulation of protein metabolism. His ENC-supported project will focus on the application of intrinsically labeled food proteins to assess in vivo dietary protein digestion and amino acid absorption kinetics and the subsequent postprandial muscle protein synthetic response in hemodialysis patients. This work will provide important information for the design of more effective strategies to attenuate the muscle mass loss that occurs in these patients, thereby improving their quality of life.

Grace Niemiro and Stephan Raine

The Egg Nutrition Center sponsors health-related scientific research that is primarily focused on eggs. They also monitor scientific findings and regulatory developments, and serve as a resource for health practitioners needing current nutrition information to share with their patients.

That two graduate students in the Department were selected for funding speaks to the caliber of our students and the research they do.  Congratulations, Grace and Stephan!