Michael Dzakovich, M.S.

Michael Dzakovich, M.S.
Ph.D. Candidate
240 Parker Food Science and Technology Building
Degree Information: 
B.S. Horticultural Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
M.S., Horticultural Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Horticulture and Crop Science

Michael Dzakovich is a USDA National Needs Research Fellow in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science at The Ohio State University. Michael's research leverages genomic and metabolomic tools to understand how genetic diversity influences potentially health-promoting compounds in tomatoes. Additionally, Michael is utilizing animal models to determine how tomato consumption affects gene expression in tissues where tomato phytochemicals are deposited and metabolized.

In his free time, Michael has been studying guitar accompaniment for Andalusian folk music since 2009 and has accompanied several singers and dancers in Chicago and Columbus. Michael also enjoys cooking, baking, hiking, distance cycling, all things plants, and his cat, Sirocco

  1. Dzakovich MP, Gas-Pascual E, Orchard CJ, Sari EN, Riedl KM, Schwartz SJ, Francis DM, Cooperstone JL.  Analysis of tomato carotenoids: comparison extraction and chromatographic methodsJ AOAC Int. 2019;102(4):1069-1079.