HNFAS Faculty


FACULTY INFORMATION
Banna, Jinan
Professor in Human Nutrition  


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Email:  jcbanna@hawaii.edu
Phone:  (808) 956-7857
Special Skills and Knowledge:  

Nutrition Education, Community Nutrition
Butel, Jean
Asst Spec  


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Email:  jbutel@hawaii.edu
Phone:  (808) 956-7069
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Cacpal, Kristina
Extn Agent  


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Email:  kcacpal@hawaii.edu
Phone:  (808) 567-6929
Special Skills and Knowledge:  

Farm to School
Caires, Kyle
Associate Extension Agent  


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Email:  kccaires@hawaii.edu
Phone:  (808) 541-760-6317
Special Skills and Knowledge:  

Beef cattle support, livestock, 4-H livestock program
DuPonte, Michael W
Co Extn Agent  


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Email:  mduponte@hawaii.edu
Phone:  (808) 969-8218
Special Skills and Knowledge:  

Livestock and Pasture Management
Esquivel, Monica
Associate Professor and Dietetics Program Director  


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Email:  monicake@hawaii.edu
Phone:  (808) 956-8691
Special Skills and Knowledge:  

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, community based participatory nutrition, child health promotion, food and nutrition security
Fukumoto, Glen K
Co Extn Agent  


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Email:  gfukumot@hawaii.edu
Phone:  (808) 322-0165
Special Skills and Knowledge:  

Pasture, Livestock & Waste Management
Hackney, Lara
Instructor  


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Email:  laraj27@hawaii.edu
Phone:  (808) 956-3837
Special Skills and Knowledge:  

He, Yanghua
Assistant Professor of Genomics and Epigenomics  


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Email:  yanghua.he@hawaii.edu
Phone:  (808) 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
Associate Professor  


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Email:  kacieho@hawaii.edu
Phone:  (808) 956-8286
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Jha, Rajesh
Professor and Graduate Chair of Animal Sciences  


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Email:  rjha@hawaii.edu
Phone:  (808) 956-4122
Special Skills and Knowledge:  

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


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Email:  soojin@hawaii.edu
Phone:  (808) 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:  (808) 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:  (808) 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:  (808) 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
Associate Professor  


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Email:  leemj7@hawaii.edu
Phone:  (808) 956-9565
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Li, Yong
Professor  


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Email:  liyong@hawaii.edu
Phone:  (808) 956-6408
Special Skills and Knowledge:  

Food Microbiology, Food Safety
Mishra, Birendra
Associate Professor  


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Email:  bmishra@hawaii.edu
Phone:  (808) 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.
Morgan Bernal, Lydi
Jr Extn Agent - Oʻahu Farm to School  


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Email:  lydi@hawaii.edu
Phone:  (808) 956-7095
Special Skills and Knowledge:  

Farm-to-School, school gardens, teacher professional development, coalition building
Nakamoto, Stuart T
Extension Economist/Spec  


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Email:  snakamo@hawaii.edu
Phone:  (808) 956-8125
Special Skills and Knowledge:  

Agribusiness marketing/adding value (marketing of Specialty crops and products), agribusiness management, agribusiness economics, risk management, tea, blueberries
Novotny, Rachel
Professor  


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Email:  novotny@hawaii.edu
Phone:  (808) 956-3848
Special Skills and Knowledge:  

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


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Email:  jsodani@hawaii.edu
Phone:  (808) 956-7095
Special Skills and Knowledge:  

Small ruminant support and general animal health; diseases of terrestrial and aquatic livestock; Board-certified in veterinary anatomic pathology
Oshiro, Melelani
Asst Extn Agent  


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Email:  mabran@hawaii.edu
Phone:  (808) 322-0165
Special Skills and Knowledge:  

Small ruminant support and livestock
Reichhardt, Caleb Case
Assistant Professor of Livestock Animal Production  


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Email:  CCReichh@hawaii.edu
Phone:  (808) 956-7691
Special Skills and Knowledge:  

Beef cattle management and muscle biology.
Seale, Andre P.
Researcher  


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Email:  seale@hawaii.edu
Phone:  (808) 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:  (808) 887-7625
Special Skills and Knowledge:  

Grazing management and beef cattle support
Yang, Jinzeng
Professor & Chair  


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Email:  jinzeng@hawaii.edu
Phone:  (808) 956-6073
Special Skills and Knowledge:  

Molecular biology, animal biotechnology, transgenic animals, genetics, gene regulation, muscle biology, lactation physiology, mammary gland biology
CTSA in Kona 14 October 2022

CTSA in Kona

Aquaculturists see potential in grouper cultivation

This past summer, Cheng-Sheng Lee, Executive Director of the Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture, had the opportunity to see the progression of the Nenue project in Kona. With increasing unification in projects, he and Ocean Era President, Neil Sims, were able to discuss the possibilities and hopes for the future of aquaculture in Hawai’i.

More Males, Please 5 October 2022

More Males, Please

HNFAS studies how hormones regulate sex-dependent size

Size matters in commercial fish production. Species such as tilapia are known to exhibit sexual dimorphism, or sex-specific differences in body size, with males outgrowing females. As can be expected, tilapia producers have long employed a variety of approaches to favor all-male production.

In the Journals 2 August 2022

In the Journals

Rajesh Jha of HNFAS connects with prestigious publications

The journal Animals has awarded its 2022 Best Paper to Rajesh Jha and his grad students Razib Das, Sophia Oak, and Pravin Mishra, all of the Dept. of Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences. Congrats! Their paper, “Probiotics (Direct-fed microbials) in poultry nutrition and their effects on nutrient utilization, growth and laying performance, and gut health: A systematic review,” explores their alternative to the poultry industry’s routine practice of administering in-feed antibiotics to promote growth and manage gut microbiota. A growing understanding of the environmental and human health consequences of antibiotic overuse in livestock production has led to banning or regulating antibiotics as feed additives.

Culture Club 22 June 2022

Culture Club

HNFAS studies environmental changes’ effect on traditional fishponds

Sea cucumbers are a high-value commercial food, and the demand for local seafood is rising. But so are extreme climatic events that can rapidly change water conditions, especially in coastal environments that include the traditional Hawaiian fishponds where sea cucumbers are grown and harvested.

Wanted: Breast Cancer Survivors 22 June 2022

Wanted: Breast Cancer Survivors

HNFAS is asking Native Hawaiian and Filipino women to share strategies for a healthy lifestyle

Native Hawaiian and Filipino breast cancer survivors are being sought to share their strategies that support a healthy lifestyle. The study, TANICA (Traditional and New Lifestyle Interventions for Breast Cancer Prevention), is being conducted by CTAHR and University of Guam, as a U54 Pacific Island Partnership for Cancer Health Equity (PIPCHE) pre-pilot project.

Busy Bee 22 June 2022

Busy Bee

HNFAS prof has two new studies on adolescent eating and CAM

Adolescent eating is an important area of study, as adolescence is a time of transition to greater independence that is often accompanied with more convenience foods. But in the study, Relationship between Family Racial/Ethnic Backgrounds, Parenting Practices and Styles, and Adolescent Eating Behaviors, a multi-state team of researchers have collaborated to do just that by investigating the relationships among racial/ethnic backgrounds, parenting practices and styles, and eating behaviors in adolescents.

Fulbright Scholar 13 May 2022

Fulbright Scholar

Rajesh Jha of HNFAS is recognized

Congrats to Rajesh Jha of the Dept. of Human Nutrition, Food, and Animal Sciences, who was named a Fulbright U.S. Scholar. The award is granted by the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. The Fulbright Program is the federal government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Fulbrighters engage in cutting-edge research and expand their professional networks, often continuing research collaborations started abroad and laying the groundwork for forging future partnerships between institutions.

Nutrition Fellow 13 May 2022

Nutrition Fellow

HNFAS’ Rachel Novotny inducted into the 2022 class

The highest honor bestowed by the American Society for Nutrition is induction as a Fellow of the Society, and Rachel Novotny of the Dept. of Human Nutrition, Food, and Animal Sciences is among only 14 individuals nationwide who make up the 2022 class.

2022 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research 18 April 2022

2022 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research

Rachel Novotny of the Dept. of Human Nutrition, Food, and Animal Sciences

The 2022 CTAHR Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research recognizes the outstanding scientific contributions of Rachel Novotny, Professor of Nutritional Sciences. Since joining CTAHR in a tenure-track position in 1990, Rachel has developed a highly productive and significant research program focused on maternal and child nutrition and health, particularly among culturally diverse populations. She has obtained more than $40 million as the principal investigator of federal grants, including $25 million for establishing the Children’s Healthy Living Program, and recently an additional $10 million award to expand that program into a Center of Excellence in Food System Resiliency for Children’s Healthy Living. Rachel has published more than 150 peer reviewed papers and successfully mentored more than 50 graduate students and 15 post-doctoral candidates in Nutrition and Epidemiology. In briefly describing her research, she states that she “conducts intervention trials to improve diet, physical activity, community environment and other systems approaches to improve health of women, adolescents, and young children in diverse understudied populations.”

Rachel will be honored at the 2022 CTAHR 'Ohana Banquet.

Gold Award 7 February 2022

Gold Award

HNFAS prof is recognized by prestigious, peer-reviewed journal

Congrats to Jinan Banna of the Dept. of Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences for being granted a Gold Author Recognition Award from the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior! Jinan, who performs research on obesity prevention and nutrition education, has authored or co-authored on numerous topics in the journal over the past 10 years, including the dietary assessment of low-income Filipinos in Oʻahu and how to measure food waste of children and adolescents. Her work has implications for minority groups, youth, and the environment. 

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