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Membership in the IFNH is open to the faculty, staff, and students of Rutgers University who subscribe to the vision, mission, and core values of the institute.

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James Simon, PHD
Distinguished Professor, Department of Plant Biology
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
jimsimon@rutgers.edu
848-932-6239
Affiliation: Director, IFNH Center for Agricultural Food Ecosystems (RUCAFE); IFNH Center for Childhood Nutrition Research
Research Interests: Agricultural food ecosystems, plant breeding, natural products chemistry, linking horticulture with nutrition, health & medicine, bioanalysis and bioavailability of foods

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Hassana Alidou, PHD
Visiting Professor
hassanatou2@gmail.com
202-699-2196
Affiliation: IFNH Center for Agricultural Food Ecosystems (RUCAFE)
Research Interests: Education Policy, Multilingualism/Multiculturalism, Diplomacy, Gender and International Development/Women leadership and public policy

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Ousseina Alidou, PHD
Professor, African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures
School of Arts and Sciences
oalidou@amesall.rutgers.edu
848-445-4301
Affiliation: IFNH Center for Agricultural Food Ecosystems (RUCAFE)
Research Interests: Linguistics, comparative cultural studies, literacy, women's and gender studies; African Muslim societies

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Arend-Jan Both, PHD
Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences
School of Biological and Environmental Sciences
both@envsci.rutgers.edu
848-932-5730
Affiliation: IFNH Center for Agricultural Food Ecosystems (RUCAFE)
Research Interests: Controlled environment agriculture, horticultural engineering, plant lighting, agricultural energy systems

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Cara Cuite, PHD
Assistant Professor, Department of Human Ecology
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
cuite@rutgers.edu
848-932-4544
Affiliation: IFNH Center for Childhood Nutrition Research; IFNH Center for Agricultural Food Ecosystems (RUCAFE)
Research Interests: Community food security, risk communication and public perceptions of food-related issues, including food safety and genetically engineered foods

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Shauna Downs, PHD
Assistant Professor, Department of Health Systems & Policy
School of Public Health
sd1801@spg.rutgers.edu
848-932-8055
Affiliation: IFNH Center for Childhood Nutrition Research; IFNH Center for Agricultural Food Ecosystems (RUCAFE)
Research Interests: Food system interventions to improve diets, characterizing food environments in low- and middle-income countries, climate and nutrition

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Ramu Govindasamy, PHD
Professor, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
govind@sebs.rutgers.edu
848-932-9192
Affiliation: IFNH Center for Agricultural Food Ecosystems (RUCAFE)
Research Interests: Agribusiness and agricultural, ethnic produce, value-added products, organic and local produce, agritourism, food hubs, value chain analysis

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Daniel Hoffman, PHD
Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
dhoffman@sebs.rutgers.edu
848-932-0272
Affiliation: Director, IFNH Center for Childhood Nutrition Research; IFNH Center for Human Nutrition, Exercise, and Metabolism; IFNH Center for Nutrition, Microbiome, and Health; IFNH Center for Agricultural Food Ecosystems (RUCAFE)
Research Interests: Energy metabolism and body composition, human growth, international nutrition, and economic development

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Thomas Leustek, PHD
Dean of Academic Programs
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
leustek@sebs.rutgers.edu
908-451-3266
Affiliation: IFNH Center for Agricultural Food Ecosystems (RUCAFE)
Research Interests: Plant sulfur and intermediary metabolism, mineral nutrition, nutrient sensing, and metabolic engineering

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Nolan Lewin
Director, Food Innovation Center
New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
nl95@njaes.rutgers.edu
732-445-6130
Affiliation: IFNH Center for Agricultural Food Ecosystems (RUCAFE)
Research Interests: Food and beverage business development in the state and the surrounding region - domestic and international companies

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Richard Ludescher, PHD
Professor, Department of Food Science
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
rdl@sebs.rutgers.edu
848-932-5489
Affiliation: IFNH Center for Agricultural Food Ecosystems (RUCAFE)
Research Interests: Science education and outreach using variety of media and venues

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Kevin Lyons, PHD
Associate Professor, Rutgers Business School
klyons@business.rutgers.edu
973-353-3347
Affiliation: IFNH Center for Agricultural Food Ecosystems (RUCAFE)
Research Interests: Developing and integrating global environmental, social, economic, ethical criteria and data into supply chain/procurement systems and processes; supply chain archeology

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Emily Merchant
Program Coordinator, Department of Plant Biology
evr.merchant@rutgers.edu
Affiliation: IFNH Center for Agricultural Food Ecosystems (RUCAFE)
Research Interests: Addressing barriers households face to consume healthy foods

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Joshua Miller, PHD
Professor, Chair-Department of Nutritional Sciences
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
joshua.miller@rutgers.edu
848-932-5428
Affiliation: IFNH Center for Nutrition, Microbiome, and Health; One Nutrition Program; IFNH Center for Agricultural Food Ecosystems (RUCAFE)
Research Interests: B vitamins (folate, B12, B6, B2), homocysteine, and one-carbon metabolism; vitamin D; cognitive function in older adults; microbiome

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Xenia Morin, PHD
Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Plant Biology
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
xenia.morin@rutgers.edu
848-932-3502
Affiliation: IFNH Center for Agricultural Food Ecosystems (RUCAFE)
Research Interests: Indoor cultivation, food waste, food systems and education

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Peggy Policastro, PHD, RDN
Nutritionist, Rutgers Dining Services
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
peggyp@rutgers.edu
848-932-5447
Affiliation: IFNH Center for Nutrition, Microbiome, and Health; Culinary Health Program; IFNH Center for Agricultural Food Ecosystems (RUCAFE)
Research Interests: Food literacy in school aged children, dietary patterns of college students, and in behavioral economics

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Ilya Raskin, PHD
Distinguished Professor, Department of Plant Biology
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
raskin@rutgers.edu
732-794-5600
Affiliation: IFNH Center for Nutrition, Microbiome, and Health; IFNH Center for Human Nutrition, Exercise, and Metabolism; IFNH Center for Agricultural Food Ecosystems (RUCAFE)
Research Interests: Effects of natural products on human health, metabolism and microbiome

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Mark Robson, PHD
Professor, Department of Plant Biology
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
mark.robson@rutgers.edu
848-932-6276
Affiliation: IFNH Center for Agricultural Food Ecosystems (RUCAFE)
Research Interests: Health risks associated with global food production; risk assessment associated with agricultural chemicals; global food security

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Oscar Schofield, PHD
Distinguished Professor, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
oscar@marine.rutgers.edu
732-586-3077
Affiliation: IFNH Center for Agricultural Food Ecosystems (RUCAFE)
Research Interests: Collaborating on unifying food messaging between marine and terrestrial food systems

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Ethan Schoolman, PHD
Assistant Professor, Department of Human Ecology
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
ethan.schoolman@rutgers.edu
848-932-9232
Affiliation: IFNH Center for Agricultural Food Ecosystems (RUCAFE)
Research Interests: Local and alternative food systems; climate-smart agriculture; environmental justice; environmental sociology; ethical consumption

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Dena Seidel, MA
Visiting Scholar, Department of Plant Biology
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
denaseidel@gmail.com
908-421-6245
Affiliation: IFNH Center for Agricultural Food Ecosystems (RUCAFE)
Research Interests: Science Communication, Ethnographic and Documentary Filmmaking, Anthropology of Pacific Islands, Indigenous Knowledge, Pride Based Pro-Environmental Behavior Change, Sustainable Development Goals

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Marissa Staffen
County Agent, Department of 4-H Youth Development
Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
marissa.staffen@rutgers.edu
415-218-7403
Affiliation: IFNH Center for Childhood Nutrition Research, IFNH Center for Agricultural Food Ecosystems (RUCAFE)
Research Interests: How to empower youth to be change agents in their communities (environment and food)

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Meredith Taylor, MA, MPH
Research Associate, Landscape Architecture
meredith.taylor@rutgers.edu
848-932-9337
Affiliation: IFNH Center for Agricultural Food Ecosystems (RUCAFE)
Research Interests: Urban agriculture and community-based food systems; environmental justice and social-determinants of health