College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
Phytochemicals and Health
The Cooperstone lab is interested in elucidating bioactive compounds from plants and understanding this bioactivity in vivo using pre-clinical and human models. We use targeted and untargeted metabolomics techniques on plants, foods and biological samples. Understanding what and how compounds from plants can affect health will allow breeding and management of crops to optimize levels of these bioactives to improve health outcomes.
Congratulations to Emma Bilbrey and Michael Dzakovich who each won first place for their oral presentations at the Horticulture and Crop Science Graduate Research Symposium! Emma placed first in the M.S. flash talk category with her talk on "Linking genomics and metabolomics for nutrition-driven germplasm improvement of apples," and Michael placed first in the Ph.D. research talk category with his talk on "Picking up the pieces: Carotenoid cleavage products differ in tomatoes as a function of carotenoid biosynthesis."
Jessica Cooperstone is quoted in an article about the potential health benefits of broccoli sprouts, in response to a paper in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry on the ability to convert glucosinolates into isothiocyanates after high pressure processing.