NC State Plants for Human Health Institute

NC State Plants for Human Health Institute The Plants for Human Health Institute is a program of N.C. State University based at the N.C. Research Campus dedicated to enhancing human health.

At the Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI), our scientists are solving the grand challenges we face in agriculture, nutrition and human health. PHHI consists of Research and N.C. Cooperative Extension programs that create a dynamic, collaborative presence at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis. Our scientists conduct research on fruits, vegetables and other plants that will enhance the health benefits of food crops and has the potential to increase the economic impact of North Carolina agriculture. The PHHI Extension team works hand in hand with the institute's researchers and Cooperative Extension agents statewide to create and deliver research-based educational resources and outreach campaigns. Together, we're working to cultivate a bright and bountiful future for North Carolina's consumers, farmers and the agriculture industry. Discover more about the people and programs of PHHI at www.ncsu.edu/phhi!

Mission: Leading the discovery and delivery of innovative plant-based solutions to advance human health.

Cleveland County 4-H Camp visited PHHI. Students extracted DNA from strawberries. Genetics and genomics play a major rol...
06/27/2019

Cleveland County 4-H Camp visited PHHI. Students extracted DNA from strawberries. Genetics and genomics play a major role in the research projects at PHHI 🍓 #PHHISTEM #LifeAtPHHI

Meet The • ⭐️I N T E R N S ⭐️•Meet Luke Miller, this summer Luke is interning in Dr. Massimo Iorizzo's lab t...
06/27/2019

Meet The • ⭐️I N T E R N S ⭐️•
Meet Luke Miller, this summer Luke is interning in Dr. Massimo Iorizzo's lab this summer. He is working on completing a genomic blueberry project. Luke attended Rowan Cabarrus Community College. In his free time Luke enjoys kyaking 🛶 His favorite food is Dominoes pizza 🍕 Luke hopes to pursue a career path involving cell culture or microbiology. #LifeAtPHHI #MeetTheInterns
We're so excited to have you here this summer! ☀️

Meet The • ⭐️I N T E R N S ⭐️•Meet Anne-Marie Noblitt, she is interning in Dr. Li’s lab this summer. Curre...
06/26/2019

Meet The • ⭐️I N T E R N S ⭐️•
Meet Anne-Marie Noblitt, she is interning in Dr. Li’s lab this summer. Currently she is working on a project trying to see if certain seeds kept in storage for 10 years are able to germinate. Anne-Marie is a rising senior at UNC Chapel Hill and is planning to graduate in December. Fun fact! Anne-Marie can wiggle her ears! 👂 Anne-Marie’s favorite food is cake 🍰 #LifeAtPHHI #MeetTheInterns
We’re so excited to have you here this summer! ☀️

06/25/2019
School Garden Summer Institute – Plants for Human Health Institute – STEM

Time is running out! ⏳ Register to attend the PHHI School Garden Summer Institute. This event will be on August 14-15! 📆 Learn about vermiculture (aka worm farming!), hydroponics, fundraising, and more! We hope to see you there!

More Information and How to Register Here ⬇️
https://stem.plantsforhumanhealth.ncsu.edu/school-garden-summer-institute/

August 14-15, 2019 8:00am – 3:30pm Hosted by NC State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute at the NC Research Campus in Kannapolis, NC

Meet The •⭐️ I N T E R N S ⭐️∙Meet Kat Racine, Kat is a PhD student interning in Dr. Neilson’s lab. She is...
06/25/2019

Meet The •⭐️ I N T E R N S ⭐️∙
Meet Kat Racine, Kat is a PhD student interning in Dr. Neilson’s lab. She is in Kannapolis this summer trying to get a head start and help around the lab. This summer Kat will be helping with various projects as well as working to define the project she will be completing for her PhD. Kat just finished up her Masters in food science at Virginia Tech. Fun fact! Kat has run 10 marathons! 🏃‍♀️ She's excited to find new restaurants to try around the Kannapolis area. 🍴 #LifeAtPHHI #MeetTheInterns

Meet The • ⭐️I N T E R N S ⭐️∙Meet our next intern Calla Veazie, she is a rising junior at NC State Universi...
06/24/2019

Meet The • ⭐️I N T E R N S ⭐️∙
Meet our next intern Calla Veazie, she is a rising junior at NC State University and is majoring in communications. This summer Calla is interning in PHHI’s extension wing helping with social media and more! Calla’s favorite food is sushi 🍣 she loves trying new sushi places with friends. Calla cannot wait for NC State football to return in August! 🏈 #LifeAtPHHI #MeetTheInterns
We're so excited to have you here this summer! ☀️

Register for one of our summer tours and learn about the research happening at the NC Research Campus!
06/21/2019

Register for one of our summer tours and learn about the research happening at the NC Research Campus!

DID YOU KNOW THE NRI GIVES TOURS THAT ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?

Each summer, the UNC Nutrition Research Institute offers tours for the public to come and see where nutrition discoveries happen. This year a new collaborative format includes our colleagues at the NC State Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) next door to the NRI. You will visit labs, talk to faculty and participate in a hands-on experiment... and it's free! Follow this link to register today: https://www.uncnri.org/index.php/appetite-for-life-2/

Students from the Gaston County Schools-Commissioners' School of Excellence visited PHHI this summer. They were introduc...
06/21/2019

Students from the Gaston County Schools-Commissioners' School of Excellence visited PHHI this summer. They were introduced to Dr. Slavko Komarnytsky’s research by using the antibiotic mobile discovery kit. They used their own saliva to introduce bacteria to a sterile media. They placed various plant material in the sample wells and after a short incubation, they will evaluate for bacterial growth or antibiotic activity indicated by less bacterial growth. #PHHISTEM🧬🥼

Meet The •⭐️ I N T E R N S ⭐️∙Meet our first intern Tessa Ferguson, she is a rising junior at NC State and i...
06/21/2019

Meet The •⭐️ I N T E R N S ⭐️∙
Meet our first intern Tessa Ferguson, she is a rising junior at NC State and is majoring in biological engineering with a concentration in ecology. This summer Tessa is interning in the NC Food Innovation Lab with Bill Aimutis and Cindy Calhoun. Fun fact! Tessa has been a vegan for over 3️⃣ years. She loves any type of pasta 🍝 One of her favorite things to do in Kannapolis is going out with her friend’s 2 year old son to Village Park and ride the train and carousel. 🚂🎠 #LifeAtPHHI #MeetTheInterns
We're so excited to have you here this summer! ☀️

PHHI partnered up with UNC NRI tours to give a glimpse into #LifeAtPHHI! Visitors were able to visit one of the labs and...
06/20/2019

PHHI partnered up with UNC NRI tours to give a glimpse into #LifeAtPHHI! Visitors were able to visit one of the labs and test out their pipette technique skills. Cheri Granillo showed visitors how to use the carotenoid hand scanner and visitors were able to get their carotenoid score in minutes from a quick scan of the hand. A good carotenoid score is in the 40,000-45,000 range. This score correlates to the amount of fruits and vegetables you eat! 🥕🍠🥦

The NC Food Innovation Lab is set to open very soon and we can't wait to see what's in store! 🔬Check It Out! ⬇️ht...
06/19/2019
The NC Food Innovation Lab

The NC Food Innovation Lab is set to open very soon and we can't wait to see what's in store! 🔬

Check It Out! ⬇️
https://www.ncfoodinnovationlab.org/

From concept to commercialization, the NC Food Innovation Lab offers a kitchen, lab and c-GMP pilot plant for plant based food.

Children from The Sunshine House got to be scientists 👩‍🔬👨‍🔬for a day with Amy Bowman. The students used...
06/18/2019

Children from The Sunshine House got to be scientists 👩‍🔬👨‍🔬for a day with Amy Bowman. The students used a refractometer to measure how much sugar is in different beverage choices. They tested a variety of drinks including soft drinks, pineapple juice, tomato juice, and Gatorade. Every student got to wear their own lab coat and safety glasses in the PHHI training lab!🥼 #LifeAtPHHI

06/14/2019

Can't get enough of PHHI on social media? Follow us on Instagram @NCStatePHHI.

In honor of the NC Blueberry Festival in Burgaw, NC this Saturday, let's take a look at NC blueberry stats. If you're th...
06/13/2019

In honor of the NC Blueberry Festival in Burgaw, NC this Saturday, let's take a look at NC blueberry stats. If you're there, look 👀 for the PHHI Extension team!

Who's excited about the North Carolina Blueberry Festival? The PHHI Extension Team! We've got some fun ways to share the...
06/13/2019

Who's excited about the North Carolina Blueberry Festival? The PHHI Extension Team! We've got some fun ways to share the health benefits of blueberries. Stop by our booth to learn more and take a photo! Saturday, June 15, in Burgaw, NC.

Dr. Massimo Iorizzo is researching ways to improve blueberry breeding traits. He is currently working with others to tar...
06/13/2019

Dr. Massimo Iorizzo is researching ways to improve blueberry breeding traits. He is currently working with others to target breeding trait priorities to develop new blueberry cultivars and improve blueberry quality as well as help find solutions to help the North American blueberry industry. 🥼🔬

Anthocyanins present in blueberries might just be particularly helpful in decreasing the risks associated with metabolic...
06/12/2019

Anthocyanins present in blueberries might just be particularly helpful in decreasing the risks associated with metabolic and cardiovascular disease. Dr. Mary Ann Lila, Dr. Slavko Komarnytsky, Dr. Debora Esposito, Dr. Mary Grace and Mickey Wilson worked with other researchers to learn more about metabolic effects of berries. https://plantsforhumanhealth.ncsu.edu/blueberry-citations/

PHHI researchers have looked at several ways that blueberries impact human health; from protection against neurodegenera...
06/11/2019
Blueberries: A Handful of Health [Infographic] | Daily Infographic

PHHI researchers have looked at several ways that blueberries impact human health; from protection against neurodegeneration to managing blood sugar.

Who else thinks we need a blueberry emoji? 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♂️

Infograph from
https://www.dailyinfographic.com/blueberries-a-handful-of-health-infographic

What could be better than a handful of health? A handful of sweet, juicy health. Blueberries have become a popular little snack for Americans, with good reason. These tasty little berries are packed with fiber, vitamin C and a whole host of health benefits.

Most commercial blueberry production occurs in the southeastern part of NC, but homeowners across the state can produce ...
06/10/2019

Most commercial blueberry production occurs in the southeastern part of NC, but homeowners across the state can produce an abundant crop in their home landscape. Blueberries are typically harvested 🚜 throughout June and July in North Carolina. Eat them fresh or freeze the harvest to enjoy later 🍴

The rain spread folks through the building, but the band played on (thanks Brothers Tire Sales) as the NC Research Campu...
06/07/2019

The rain spread folks through the building, but the band played on (thanks Brothers Tire Sales) as the NC Research Campus came together for lunch today at the annual SummerFest cookout. Fun times and full bellies!

In the lab of Dr. Penelope Perkins-Veazie; they are using a high-performance liquid chromatography machine to look at L-...
05/31/2019

In the lab of Dr. Penelope Perkins-Veazie; they are using a high-performance liquid chromatography machine to look at L-Citrulline in watermelon. 🍉 L-Citrulline can help boost your immune system and contributes to heart health. Get your seasonal dose of L-Citrulline with this summertime favorite: watermelon. #LifeAtPHHI

PHHI is proud to have hosted the BRIDGES students at the NC Research Campus as part of their STEM experience. They spent...
05/31/2019

PHHI is proud to have hosted the BRIDGES students at the NC Research Campus as part of their STEM experience. They spent an afternoon in the training lab learning about PHHI research and biodiscovery. Congratulations!

Congratulations to the 2nd Cohort of the BRIDGE program of Rowan County. BRIDGE (Building Research Investigators Doing Growth Experiences) is an after school and summer enrichment STEM program led by Neil Pifer and Amy Pruitt from Horizons Unlimited.

The Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education recognized the students and leaders at their May business meeting.

This club was made possible by a 3-year SSEP (Student Science Enrichment Program) grant award from the Burroughs-Wellcome Fund. The middle school students are eligible to attend a 5-day, 4-night all-expense paid trip to the mountains.

Thanks to the BRIDGE instructors: Kara Smith, Suzy Williams, Ashley Murray and Vanessa White.

#RSSinspires

Dr. Lila and Dr. Ferruzzi lend their expertise to this article published by CNN, discussing the nutritional fortitude of...
05/30/2019
Why frozen fruit and veggies may be better for you than fresh

Dr. Lila and Dr. Ferruzzi lend their expertise to this article published by CNN, discussing the nutritional fortitude of frozen fruits and veggies. Fresh or frozen, be sure to include a wide variety of fruits and vegetables in your diet for optimal health.

Research has revealed that frozen fruits and vegetables can have just as many vitamins -- and sometimes more -- as compared to fresh.

Erin Deaton is a research technician working in the lab of Dr. Penelope Perkins-Veazie; she is performing an antioxidant...
05/29/2019

Erin Deaton is a research technician working in the lab of Dr. Penelope Perkins-Veazie; she is performing an antioxidant test on clover blooms and leaves using a spectrophotometer. A spectrophotometer measures the amount of light absorbed by the substance being tested to produce a reading. #LifeAtPHHI 🧪🔬

Join us as we partner with UNC Nutrition Research Institute to offer summer tours. See below for full details!
05/17/2019

Join us as we partner with UNC Nutrition Research Institute to offer summer tours. See below for full details!

APPETITE FOR LIFE SUMMER TOURS: SEE WHERE NUTRITION DISCOVERIES HAPPEN - NEW FORMAT!

See where and learn how scientific discovery takes place by touring two facilities on the NC Research Campus in Kannapolis. If you visit the Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) this summer you’ll get a bonus tour! We have partnered with our neighbors at NC State University so that your summer tour will include visits to research facilities at both the NRI and the adjacent NC State Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI). Points of interest at NRI include one of only a few whole-room calorimeters in the US, a body composition lab, and research laboratories. At PHHI, you’ll test your lab skills with pipette accuracy, extract DNA from a strawberry and scan your hand to determine your skin carotenoid score (a good indicator of how many fruits and vegetables you’re eating).

Tours are limited to 16 people. Sign up now to secure your spot on Thursday, June 20: https://www.uncnri.org/index.php/appetite-for-life-2/

Secure your spot now! Registration for the School Garden Summer Institute is now open. Space is limited to 50 participan...
05/13/2019
School Garden Summer Institute – Plants for Human Health Institute – STEM

Secure your spot now! Registration for the School Garden Summer Institute is now open. Space is limited to 50 participants. Aug. 14-15, 8:30-3:30 in Kannapolis. $25 fee, lunch is provided. Learn more here: https://stem.plantsforhumanhealth.ncsu.edu/school-garden-summer-institute/

August 14-15, 2019 8:00am – 3:30pm Hosted by NC State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute at the NC Research Campus in Kannapolis, NC

We recognize one of those faces! Dr. Abdulkerim Eroglu is one the the most recent faculty to join Plants for Human Healt...
04/09/2019
The New Face of Biochemistry at CALS | CALS Magazine | NC State University

We recognize one of those faces! Dr. Abdulkerim Eroglu is one the the most recent faculty to join Plants for Human Health Institute. Read more about his research goals in finding the optimal amount of carotenoid for human health. https://magazine.cals.ncsu.edu/the-new-face-of-biochemistry-at-cals/

The New Face of Biochemistry by Chelsea Kellner At first, it sounds like wizardry. Crystal growth chambers. Smoke billowing from cauldrons where there is no fire. Students revealing secrets of the visible world by influencing the invisible. CALS’ own Hogwarts, housed in Polk Hall? Nope. CALS’ ow...

What an honor for the Plants for Human Health Institute to receive the "Friend of Education Award" from the Kannapolis E...
03/22/2019

What an honor for the Plants for Human Health Institute to receive the "Friend of Education Award" from the Kannapolis Education Foundation today. Doug Vernon and Amy Bowman (center) have led the charge in coordinating Scientist for a Day, a unique, hands-on NCRC lab experience for science-interested KCS students; and building school gardens, delivering teacher trainings, and cultivating an outdoor classroom space where KCS students are #learningaswegrow.

Our PHHI graduate students take advantage of professional development opportunities, including specialized writing works...
03/07/2019
Graduate Writing Director Partners with Kannapolis Group | The Graduate School | NC State University

Our PHHI graduate students take advantage of professional development opportunities, including specialized writing workshops, by participating in the NCRC Catalyst group.

Graduate Writing Director Partners with Kannapolis Group Graduate students and postdocs at the NC Research Campus participate in writing workshops led by the Graduate School. (Becky Lane photo) March 5, 2019  |  Natalie Hampton The Graduate School’s Shannon Madden has partnered with the Catalyst...

Congratulations to Duke CTSI TransPop—MURDOCK Study on the 10-year milestone! Learn more about the MURDOCK Study and D...
02/18/2019
MURDOCK Study celebrates 10 years with study participants - Salisbury Post

Congratulations to Duke CTSI TransPop—MURDOCK Study on the 10-year milestone! Learn more about the MURDOCK Study and Duke's other research projects here: https://murdock-study.com/.

By Shavonne Walker [email protected] KANNAPOLIS — On Feb. 16, 2009, Bobbie Beam walked onto the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis where she signed up to be the first participant of a then newly formed MURDOCK Study. The Measurement to Understand the Reclassification of Disease of ...

Last week PHHI hosted Scientist for a Day, introducing another group of science-stoked elementary students to the world ...
02/13/2019

Last week PHHI hosted Scientist for a Day, introducing another group of science-stoked elementary students to the world of laboratory research. Perhaps some of these youngsters will be future Wolfpackers. #ThinkAndDo #STEMatPHHI

Glad to welcome Dr. Todd Wehner from NC State Dept. of Horticultural Science to the NC Research Campus to share his chal...
02/12/2019

Glad to welcome Dr. Todd Wehner from NC State Dept. of Horticultural Science to the NC Research Campus to share his challenges and progress in breeding Stevia for commercial production in the Southeast. The number of folks asking questions after the talk indicates lots of mutual research interest in this natural sugar alternative.

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