FACULTY INFORMATION
Banna, Jinan

Associate Prof. in Human Nutrition  


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Email:  jcbanna@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-7857
Special Skills and Knowledge:  

Nutrition Education, Community Nutrition
Butel, Jean

Jr Rsrch  


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Email:  jbutel@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-5319
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Caires, Kyle

Asst Extn Agent  


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Email:  kccaires@hawaii.edu
Phone:  878-1212, ext 27
Special Skills and Knowledge:  

Improving Reproductive Performance of Livestock, Genetic Improvement of Livestock, Youth Development in 4-H Livestock Programs, etc.
Draper, Jennifer Leigh

Lecturer  


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Email:  jdraper@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-9114
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Esquivel, Monica

Assistant Professor and Dietetics Program Director  


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Email:  monicake@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-8691
Special Skills and Knowledge:  

Registered Dietitian Community Nutrition Childhood Obesity Prevention
Fialkowski, Marie Kainoa

Assoc Prof  


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Email:  mariekf@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-8337
Special Skills and Knowledge:  

Infant Feeding, Nutrition and Health in Indigenous Populations, Nutritional Assessment, Nutrition Education for Underserved Populations, Online Nutrition Course Delivery
Hackney, Lara

Instructor  


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Email:  laraj27@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-3837
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He, Yanghua

Assistant Professor of Genomics and Epigenomics  


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Email:  yanghua.he@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-7090
Special Skills and Knowledge:  

1. Benchwork: Sequencing platforms: Illumina HiSeq; Mi-seq; 10*Genomics; Nanopore sequencing. Library constructions for sequencing: DNA-seq; RNA-seq; ChIP-seq and CUT&RUN; MBD-seq; MeDIP-seq; WGBS; RRBS; Bisulfite cloning sequencing; pyrosequencing; HiC; PLAC-seq; ATAC-seq. CRISPR-based technologies (Genome-editing and Epigenome-editing). sgRNA Library Screening. 2. Data analysis: Bioinformatics in Genetic and Epigenetic data analysis; Galaxy platform; Linux Operating System; Computational languages: Perl, Python, R, Matlab, SAS, C++
Ho, Kacie

Asst Prof  


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Email:  kacieho@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-8286
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Jamieson, Kristen

Waianae Farm to School Coordinator  


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Email:  kejamie@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-7095
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Jha, Rajesh

Professor and Graduate Chair of Animal Sciences  


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Email:  rjha@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-4122
Special Skills and Knowledge:  

Monogastric Animal Nutrition, Gut Heath and Physiology, Feed and Feed Additive Evaluation
Jun, Soojin

Professor  


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Email:  soojin@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-8283
Special Skills and Knowledge:  

Food Engineering, Food Processing, Food preservation, Biosensing
Kim, Yong-Soo

Researcher  


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Email:  ykim@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-8335
Special Skills and Knowledge:  

Growth physiology; muscle biology ; meat science: Cattle-ProductionSwine-Production-all aspectsCattle-PostharvestSwine-Postharvest
Lee, Chin Nyean

Specialist  


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Email:  chinl@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-4882
Special Skills and Knowledge:  

Reproductive Physiology Dairy Science: Cattle-Dairy -Pasture ManagementForage Crops in gen.-MarketingCrops in gen.-Agricultural DevelopmentAnimals in gen.-Agricultural DevelopmentPasture in gen.-Management
Lee, Cheng Sheng

Researcher and Exec Dir Ctr for Trop & Subtrop Ag  


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Email:  chenglee@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-3385
Special Skills and Knowledge:  

Reproduction control in marine finfish and marine shrimp; Early life history of fish and shrimp; Ecology of live feed organisms; and Aquaculture Management in general.
Lee, Mi-Jeong

Asst Prof  


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Email:  leemj7@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-9565
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Li, Yong

Assoc Prof  


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Email:  liyong@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-6408
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Mishra, Birendra

Assistant Professor  


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Email:  bmishra@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-7021
Special Skills and Knowledge:  

Reproductive Physiology of Domestic Animals and Poultry, Environmental stress on reproduction, Transcriptional regulation of egg formation in the laying hens, nutritional programming to increase the reproductive efficiencies.
Nakamoto, Stuart T

Extension Economist/Spec  


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Email:  snakamo@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-8125
Special Skills and Knowledge:  

Agr. marketing / adding value (marketing of specialty crops & products); agribusiness management; agr. economics; risk management; tea; blueberries
Novotny, Rachel

Professor  


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Email:  novotny@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-3848
Special Skills and Knowledge:  

Community and global nutrition; Maternal and child nutrition; Public health nutrition; Field assessment of nutrition status
Odani, Jenee

Associate Specialist, Extension Veterinarian, Pre-Vet Adviser  


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Email:  jsodani@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-3847
Special Skills and Knowledge:  

Diseases of terrestrial & aquatic livestock; board-certified in veterinary anatomic pathology,
Seale, Andre P.

Associate Research Professor  


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Email:  seale@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-8961
Special Skills and Knowledge:  

Comparative endocrinology, fish physiology, cell and molecular biology, signal transduction, aquaculture.
Thorne, Mark

Specialist  


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Email:  thornem@hawaii.edu
Phone:  887-7625
Special Skills and Knowledge:  

Rangeland ecology and Management, Livestock nutrition, health, and management.
Titchenal, C. Alan

Assoc Prof  


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Email:  titch@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-7411
Special Skills and Knowledge:  

nutrition and human performance, sports nutrition, energy balance, dietary supplements, iron nutrition, journalism
Tousman, Amy

Lecturer  


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Email:  tousman@hawaii.edu
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Vincent, Douglas

Animal Sci  


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Email:  vincent@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-7095
Special Skills and Knowledge:  

Reproductive physiology of domestic animals; animal physiology; reproductive endocrinology; estrous synchronization; animal welfare and well-being; impact of animal agriculture on the environment; ethics of animal use; farming systems; sustainable agriculture, food systems; grant writing
Yang, Jinzeng

Professor & Chair  


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Email:  jinzeng@hawaii.edu
Phone:  956-6073
Special Skills and Knowledge:  

Molecular biolgy Animal biotechnology Transgenic animals Genetics Gene regulation Muscle biology Lactation physiology Mammary gland biology
30 March 2021

LIVE with Kainoa and Laʻakea

HNFAS professor visits KITV and NPR to recruit study participants

LIVE with Kainoa and Laʻakea

“What Are Native Hawaiian Babies Eating? UH Researchers Want to Know” was the title for a segment on Hawaiʻi Public Radio this past Monday, featuring an on-air interview with Marie Kainoa Fialkowski Revilla of the Dept. of Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences.

Kainoa says there isn’t enough information about what guides feeding decisions for Native Hawaiian mothers during their baby’s first year. So she’s leading a study, “Exploring Diet Diversity of Native Hawaiian Infants,” with the UH John A. Burns School of Medicine, the UH Cancer Center, and Purdue University.

The researchers hope to recruit pregnant Native Hawaiian women, who will be asked to download the study’s app and upload photos of their meals and their baby’s meals at certain intervals over the course of a year.

“It’s all about improving the health of the next generation – and they’re going to be planting those seeds,” says Kainoa. “And it’s super easy; it’s on your smartphone. We’re always taking pictures of our food anyways and as moms, we’re always wanting to take pictures of what our babies are eating.”

The Sunday evening before, Kainoa was the guest on KITV Island News to discuss the study and recruit participants. She says the data collected can make a difference in the daily health and wellness choices among the Native Hawaiian community.

“Ultimately, I want the work that I do to promote a healthy lahui – a thriving Native Hawaiian community,” says Kainoa, “I believe a way I can do that is through promoting healthy thriving families, healthy thriving babies, and healthy thriving mommies who are giving birth to babies.”

Study participants must be 18 years of age or older, Native Hawaiian, and must feel comfortable using a mobile phone application to take photos of meals throughout the first year of babies life. To sign-up, call (808) 375-3785 or email whrc@ucera.org. The study is funded by the National Institutes of Health through JABSOM and Ola HAWAIʻI.

Photo: Kainoa and Laʻakea Mekaleoalohamaikalewalani Revilla having fun with their food.

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