Donovan Lab Members
Alumni Page

Xiaohui (Sheila) Zhao, PhD

B. Med & M. Med Nanjing Medical College

Years in Training: 1991 - 1995

Thesis: Hormonal therapies during recovery from neonatal malnutrition in rats

Current position: Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, UC Irvine, CA

Zhao Xiaohui

Lisa Mangione, MS

BS - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Years in Training: 1992 - 1995

Thesis: Development of a breastfeeding education program for teen mothers

Current position: Public Health Nutritionist, Los Angeles, CA

Lisa Marie Mangione

Vicki Houle, PhD

BS - Carlton College, MN

Years in Training: 1993 - 1997

Thesis: Oral insulin-like growth factor-I and development of the small intestine in the neonatal piglet

Current position: Senior Medical Writer, Boston Scientific, Marlborough, MA

Vicki Marie Houle

Yoo Kyoung Park, PhD

BS and MS - Yonsei University, South Korea

Years in Training: 1994 - 1999

Thesis: IGF-I combined with partial enteral nutrition alters intestinal morphology and disaccharidase activity during parenteral nutrition in neonatal piglets

Current position: Assistant Professor, Kyung-Hee University, South Korea

Yao Kyung Park

Deshanie (Ganessunker) Rai, PhD

BS - University of Natal, South Africa   MS - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Years of Training: 1995 - 1999

Thesis: Route of nutrient administration alters intestinal immune cell composition in neonatal piglets

Current Position: Senior Scientific Leader, Scientific Affairs, DSM Nutritional Products, Belvidere, NJ

Deshanie Ganessunker

Megan McCarthy, MS

BS - Wake Forest University

Years in Training: 1998 - 2000

Thesis: Dietary long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids alter intestinal fatty acid profiles, but do not impact the digestive function of neonatal piglets

Current position: Financial Analyst, Biotechnology and Biomedical, RK Capital Mgmt, LLC, Boulder, CO

Megan Chase McCarthy

An-Chian Chen, PhD

BS - University of California, Berkeley

Years in Training: 1998 - 2004

Thesis: The soy isoflavone, genistein, as a modulator of intestinal development

An-Chian Chen

Nancy J. Correa-Matos, PhD

(co-advised w/ Kelly Tappenden)

BS & MS, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan

Years in Training: 1998 - 2005

Thesis: Effects of dietary fiber on neonatal intestinal development and resistance to Salmonella typhimurium infection in piglets

Current position: Assistant Professor, Dept of Public Health, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL

Nancy Correa-Matos

Jill Michelle Gorski, MS

BS - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Years in Training: 2001 - 2003

Thesis: Impact of dietary fatty acids on intestinal digestive and immune function in a piglet model of necrotizing enterocolitis

Current position: Project Leader, Renal Division, Baxter, McGaw Park, IL

Jill Michelle Gorski

Jessica Hartke, PhD

BS & MS - Southern Illinois University

Years in Training: 2001 -2006

Thesis: Intestinal development and gene expression of piglets suckling sows transgenic for human IGF-I

Current position: Program Coordinator, Division of Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Jessica Hartke

Karen L. Ochonicky, MS/DVM

BS - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Years in Training: 2003 - 2005

Thesis: Inhibitory effects of human and porcine milk oligosacchardies on sialic acid-dependent and –independent strains of rotavirus

Current position: Associate Senior Scientist, Elanco Animal Health, Eli Lilly and Company, Greenfield, IN

Karen L. Ochonicky

Aline Andres, PhD

BS & MS - Ecole Superieure d'Agriculture de Purpan

Years in Training: 2003 - 2007

Thesis: Effect of soy isoflavones on rotavirus infectivity in vitro and in vivo

Current position: Assistant Professor, Dept of Pediatrics, University of Arkansas

Aline Andres

Pascasie Adedze, PhD

(co-advised w/ Robin Orr)

BS - University of Dakar, Senegal   MPH - UCLA

Years in Training: 2002 - 2009

Thesis: Childhood obesity prevention program for children enrolled in Head Start

Current position: Nutrition Advisor (GS-14), Foreign Agriculture Service, USDA

Pascasie Adedze

Rose Ann Mathai, MS

BS - Miami University, OH

Years in Training: 2006 - 2009

Thesis: Soy formula components and intestinal function in health and disease

Current position: Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Rose Ann Mathai

Brooke Blue Schantz, MS, RD

BS - Purdue University

Years of Training: 2006 - 2009

Thesis: Soy infant formula components and adipocyte development in piglets

Current position: Outpatient Dietitian, Loyola University Medical Center, Chicago

Brooke Schantz

Mandy Mayeaux, MS

(co-advised w/ Soo Lee)

BS - Lousiana State University

Years in Training: 2008 - 2010

Thesis: Defining perceptions of picky eating: a qualitative and quantitative investigation of early childhood mealtime behaviors

Current position: Sensory Scientist, Bush Brothers, Chestnut Hill, TN

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Allyson L. Bares, MS

BS - University of Utah, Provo

Years in Training: 2008 - 2010

Thesis: Effects of early nutrition on the Wnt and bone morphogenic protein pathways in the developing intestine

Current position: Research Associate, Oregon Health Sciences University

Allyson Bares

Shannon Cope Thorum, MS, RD

BS - Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

Years in Training: 2008 - 2011

Thesis: Effect of novel nutritional ingredients on piglet response to vaccination

Current position: Registered Dietitian, Truality Healthcare, Portland, Oregon

Shannon Cope Thorum

Jin Lu, MS

BS - Tianjin Medical University, China

Years in Training: 2009 - 2011

Thesis: Effects of supplemental osteopontin on intestinal development and serum antibody responses to rotavirus vaccination in piglets

Current position: Doctoral Student, Columbia University, NY

Jin Lu

Sarah Comstock, PhD

PhD - University of California, Davis

Years in Training: 2008 - 2012

Thesis: Efficacy of mechanisms to modify the allergenicity of peanuts and tree nuts

Current position: Fixed-Term Assistant Professor, Michigan State University, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition

Sarah Comstock

Shelly Davis Hester, PhD, RD

BS - Purdue University

Years in Training: 2008 - 2012

Thesis: Impact of formula additives on immune and gastrointestinal development in the piglet

Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow at IUPUI in Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research

Shelly Davis Hester

Jill Shunk, MS

BS - Southern Illinois University

Years in Training: 2010 - 2012

Thesis: Effect of bovine lactoferrin on T lymphocytes cell phenotype and function and the response to vaccination in the neonatal piglet

Current position: Nutrition Specialist at Carle Hospital, Champaign, IL

Jill Shunk

Kilia Liu, MS

BS - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Years in Training: 2010 - 2012

Thesis: Effect of bovine lactoferrin on T cell and NK cell population and NK cell cytotoxicity in neonatal piglets

Kilia Liu

Undergraduate Students

Amanda Wolff

Amanda Wolff, class of 2014

Veterinary Medicine

Kyle Wogaman

Kyle Wogaman, class of 2014

Animal Sciences/Pre-Vet

Reeba Jacob

Reeba Jacob, class of 2012

Food Science and Human Nutrition

Rachel Chen

Rachel Chen, class of 2014

General Studies/Undecided

Sharon Kim

Sharon Kim, class of 2012

Mollecular and Cellular Biology

Melaine Mackeben

Melanie Mackeben, class of 2012

Food Science and Human Nutrition