Meet the Scientists

George E. Inglett, Ph.D.

George E. Inglett, Ph.D., is a Research Chemist in the Cereal Products and Food Science Research Unit of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service Laboratory in Peoria, Illinois. Dr. Inglett created the TRIM food technologies, many of which are utilized to reduce the high calorie content of foods while simultaneously increasing a biologically active component, known as beta-glucan, for reducing blood cholesterol levels. These technologies have been licensed to private industries. He is a member of the Agricultural Research Service Hall of Fame and holds an elite position in the U. S. Secretary of Agriculture's Senior Scientist Research Service.

Elizabeth H. Jeffery, Ph.D.

Elizabeth H. Jeffery, Ph.D., is Professor of Nutrition and Toxicology in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition and the Department of Pharmacology (College of Medicine) at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include: functional foods (foods that may provide medical or health benefits beyond basic nutrition due to the presence of certain bioactive compounds); prevention of cancer through diet; and the role of detoxification enzymes in protection from cancer and toxicity.

Martina Newell-McGloughlin, Ph.D.

Martina Newell-McGloughlin, Ph.D., directs the University of California Systemwide Biotechnology Research and Education Program (UCBREP) and is an associate adjunct professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at UC Davis. Prior to this she was director of the UC System Life Sciences Informatics Program and the local UC Davis Biotechnology Program. She helped contribute to the formation of Science Foundation Ireland and is now a member of its Board of Directors. Her personal research experience has been in the areas of disease resistance in plants, scale-up systems for industrial and pharmaceutical production in microbes and microbiological mining. She has a special interest in Developing World Research and is part of the USAID Applied Biotechnology Research Program.

Navindra P. Seeram, Ph.D.

Navindra P. Seeram, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Pharmacognosy in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Rhode Island, where he leads the Bioactive Botanical Research Laboratory (BBRL). His work has been widely reported in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, trade magazines and at scientific conferences. His 15 years of experience in phytochemicals — plant-derived chemical compounds — is currently directed towards the in vitro and in vivo evaluation of foods and dietary supplements for the prevention and treatment of chronic illnesses such as cancer, cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases.