Culinary Enjoyment and Human Health

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Plants produce a vast array of natural products which can enhance our lives through the flavor and health benefits which they add to our food

  • Michael Mazourek’s program is focused in part on development of specialty vegetables such as small, extra sweet squash and peppers with altered taste profiles for enhancement of the aesthetic and culinary appeal of New York produce.
  • Riu Hai Liu's program focuses on characterization of health-promoting compounds present in different foods

Understanding the medicinal and pharmacological properties of plant chemicals adds to the repertoire of compounds with applications for human health

  • Manuel Aregullin studies natural products chemistry with emphasis on identification of natural products having anti-cancer properties, and changes in cell lipid biochemistry linked to human health
  • Eloy Rodriguez’s work focuses on medicinal chemistry and toxicology of natural small molecules important to human and animal health