The Office of International Programs (OIP), with the support of the ACES Office of Research, congratulates the most recent awardees of the International Joint Research Program. This program supports our faculty who work jointly with researchers who are based at approved peer institutions abroad and are funded at a matching level by their own institution or another agency.


Dr. Zeynep Madak Erdogan (Food Science and Human Nutrition) with Izmir Katip Celebi Research and Training Hospital, Turkey: "Determination of biomarkers to be used in the diagnosis of cardiac microvascular disease in postmenopausal women”

Dr. Joshua McCann (Animal Sciences) with Universidade Federal de Lavras, Brazil: "Harnessing the rumen microbiome for efficient beef production in Brazilian feedlots"

Dr. Hope Michelson (Agricultural and Consumer Economics) with Sokoine University, Tanzania: "Collaborating to test the market-level impact of fertilizer quality initiatives in Tanzania"


Dr. Hong Chen (Food Science and Human Nutrition) with Hebei Agricultural University, China: “International collaboration on utilizing bioactive food components from jujube and hawthorn for anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects against colon cancer”

Dr. Dan Miller (Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences) with the University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin: “Understanding the socio-economic impacts of international conservation finance in Benin over the long-term”

Dr. Andrew Margenot (Crop Sciences) with Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral, Ecuador:“Elucidating management effects on coffee yield and quality”

Dr. Cameron Pittelkow (Crop Sciences) with CIAT ‐ International Center for Tropical Agriculture, Colombia: “Enhancing sustainable rice production in Latin America”


Brian Diers (Crop Sciences) with University of Ghana at Legon: “Soybean Improvement Initiative for Increased Productivity at WACCI"

Yuji Arai (NRES) with China Agricultural University: “Understanding Iron Oxide Colloid Facilitated Transport of Phosphorus in Illinois Agricultural Soils”

Zeynep Madak-Erdogan (FSHN) with Bogazici University in Turkey: “Biomarker Validation for Developing Raman Spectroscopy-Based Cancer Diagnostics"

Maria Cattai de Godoy (Animal Sciences) with The Federal University of Lavras in Brazil:  “Use of Insect Meals as Alternative and Sustainable Protein Sources in Canine and Feline Nutrition”


Juan Andrade (Food Science and Human Nutrition) and Ali Almajwal (Division of Nutritional Sciences) with the King Saud University of Riyadh: “Pre‐Clinical and Clinical evaluation of legume‐based nanoaggregate as a delivery vehicle to address vitamin D Deficiency in Saudi Arabia”

David Bullock (Agricultural and Consumer Economics) with EMBRAPA Agrosilvoforestal Research Center Sinop, Mato Grosso: “Putting more data into data-intensive nitrogen management: Using precision technology to conduct large-scale field trials in Brazil and the U.S.”

Elvira de Mejia (Food Science and Human Nutrition) and Jack Juvik (Crop Sciences) with the University Federal of Viçosa (Brazil): “Impact on inflammation and atherosclerosis prevention potential of phenolic compounds and bioactive peptides from chia seeds (Salvia hispanica l)”

Hao Feng (Food Science and Human Nutrition) with Institute of Food Science & Technology, National Taiwan University: “Mano-thermo-sonication as a novel extraction method for ginseng saponins”

Kaiyu Guan (Natural Resource and Environmental Sciences) with Seoul National University: “Using novel satellite and field approaches to estimate crop yields of corn, soybean (U.S.) and paddy rice (Korea)”

Madhu Khanna (Agricultural and Consumer Economics) with Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi: “Promoting corporate social responsibility in India: Effectiveness of the CSR Act”

Youngsoo Lee (Food Science and Human Nutrition) with National Taiwan University: “Developing vitamin A and iron-fortified, less-sodium soy sauce”

Juan Loor (Animal Sciences) with Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi (Mexico): “Hypothalamic transcriptome signatures of feed intake regulation induced by propionic acid supplementation in sheep”

Michael Miller (Food Science and Human Nutrition) with Autonomous University of Queretero (Mexico): “Listeria monocytogenes and Hispanic-style fresh cheese”


Mary Arends-Kuenning and Kathy Baylis (Agricultural and Consumer Economics) with International Crops Research Center for the Semi-Arid Tropics: “Effect of Conservation Agriculture on Nutritional Outcomes in Southern Africa”

Gustavo Caetano-Anolles (Crop Sciences) with Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Brazil: “Untangling the Diversification of Bacterial and Fungal Plant Pathogens for Improved Agriculture”

Richard Cooke and Maria Chu (Agricultural and Biological Engineering) with Luiz de Queiroz College of Agriculture (ESALQ), Brazil: “Computational Modeling of the Impact of Drainage Design on Crop Yields and Nutrient Losses under Climate Change”

Matthew Stasiewicz (Food Science and Human Nutrition) with the University of Nairobi, Kenya: “Developing Optical Sorting System to Manage Mycotoxin Contamination of Locally Hammer-milled Maize in Eastern Kenya”

Pawan S. Takhar (Food Science and Human Nutrition) with International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), The Philippines:“A Multiscale Approach for Predicting Quality Changes in Rice During Cooking”

Yong-Su Jin and Michael Miller (Food Science and Human Nutrition) with Nanyang Technological University, Singapore: “Impact of Edible Polysaccharide Gels and Capsules Containing SCFAs on Gut Microbiota”

Yuanhui Zhang (Agricultural and Biological Engineering) with China Agricultural University: “Hydrothermal Processing of Human Waste for Water Reuse and Renewable Energy”


Hao Feng, Juan Andrade and Nicki Engeseth (Food Science and Human Nutrition) with Zhejiang University (China): “Plant protein/plant cell wall polysaccharide complex nano-structures for loading, protecting, and controlled release of lipophilic compounds”

Stephen P. Moose (Crop Sciences) with Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi (Mexico): “Uncovering transcriptional networks underlying Opuntia streptacantha adaptation to extremes of temperature”

Erik J. Sacks (Crop Sciences) with Yunnan Academy of Agricultural Sciences (China): “Improving domesticated Asian rice, Oryza sativa, with genes from its wild African relative, O. longistaminata”

Bryan White and Juan Loor (Animal Sciences) with Federal University of Paraiba (Brazil): “Microbiome characterization and transcriptional profiling of milk and teat of goats affected by subclinical mastitis”

Kent D. Rausch, M. Grace Danao, Richard S. Gates (Agricultural and Biological Engineering) and Hope Michelson (Agricultural and Consumer Economics) with University of San Luis Potosi (Mexico):“Assessing potential for improving food security in San Luis Potosí and Tamaulipas (Mexico) through prevention and reduction of harvest and postharvest losses of soybeans”

Elvira De Mejia (Food Science and Human Nutrition) with Federal University of Vicosa (Brazil): “Effect of storage time on nutritional composition of common beans and anti-inflammatory and anti-atherosceloric potential of bioactive peptides”