Donna Lee Beshgetoor, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
San Diego State University
Department of Exercise and nutritional Sciences
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182

Dr. Donna Beshgetoor is an associate professor of clinical nutrition in the School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences at San Diego State University. Dr. Beshgetoor’s research is focused in the areas of sport nutrition and medical nutrition therapy.
Christina Chambers, Ph.D.

University of California, San Diego
Department of Pediatrics
UCSD Medical Center MC 8446
200 W Arbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92103

Dr. Christina Chambers is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. She is a perinatal epidemiologist whose research interests involve identification of environmental causes of birth defects and other adverse pregnancy outcomes including nutritional factors, as well as research on prevention strategies related to health behaviors such as alcohol use in pregnancy.

Kathleen Foote

Senior Assistant Attorney General
California Department of Justice
1515 Clay Street, 20th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 622-2221

Kathleen Foote is a Senior Assistant Attorney General in the California Department of Justice, and current Chief of the Attorney General’s Antitrust Section. Her unit’s responsibilities include studying competitiveness in healthcare markets.
M. Eric Gershwin, M.D.

Distinguished Professor of Medicine
University of California, Davis
Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine
One Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 95616

Dr. Gershwin is internationally recognized for his work in the ara of nutritional immunology. He is currently the co-director of the UC Davis Foods For Health Institute.
Harold Goldstein, PH.D.

Executive Director
California Center for Public Advocacy
Post Office Box 2309
Davis, CA 95617
(530) 297-6000

Robert M. Hackman

Ph.D., Research Nutritionist
3150F Meyer, (530) 752-4645

Dr. Hackman’s research addresses the role of nutritional and botanical supplements for health enhancement. He is currently studying the role of nuts and flavanol-rich botanical extracts on vascular function and inflammation, and the role of mushroom and soy extracts in prostate cancer.

Lovell (Tu) Jarvis, Ph.D.

Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Associate Dean, Human Sciences
University of California, Davis
One Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 95616

Dr. Lovell Jarvis is Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Divisional Associate Dean for Human Sciences in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at UC Davis. Research by Dr. Jarvis focuses on agricultural, environmental and nutritional issues in less developed countries.

Desmond Jolly, Ph.D.

Agricultural Economist
Ag and Resource Economics
University of California, Davis
One Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 752-8136

Carl Keen

Ph.D., Professor
Nutritionist in AES
3135A Meyer, (530)752-6331

Dr. Keen’s research group has three main areas of activities: 1) The influence of diet on embryonic and fetal development; 2) The study of gene-nutrient interactions, with an emphasis on how subtle changes in cell mineral concentrations influence the expression of select genes; 3)The study of how diet influences oxidant defense systems.
Cassius Lockett, PhD

Epidemiology Program Manager
Associate Recruiter, USPHS
Disease Control and Epidemiology
7001-A East Parkway, Suite 600
Sacramento, CA 95823

Dr. Cassius Lockett is the Epidemiology Program Manager for the County of Sacramento and is responsible for managing surveillance activities and directing the applied epidemiology program. Research interest include infectious disease and maternal and child health.

George A. Manalo-LeClair, MSW

3062 Birdsall Ave
Oakland, CA 94619
(510) 532-6768

George Manalo-LeClair is Director of Legislation for California Food Policy Advocates. Mr. Manalo-LeClair seeks to engage policymakers in efforts to increase access to nutritious and affordable food for low-income Californians. He is very interested in ensuring legislators have up-to-date information on strategies for improving nutrition.
Avtar Nijjer-Sidhu, Ph.D., R.D.

5009 Rogue Water Court
Bakersfield, CA 93313

Dr. Avtar Nijjer-Sidhu is the Community Health Capacity Building Specialist (CHCBS) for the Kern County Department of Public Health. As a CHCBS, she works at building the internal capacity of the public health department to respond to the obesity epidemic through an initiative called the Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program (CCROPP) funded by The California Endowment.
Patricia Oteiza, Ph.D.

Professor of Nutrition and Environmental Toxicology
University of California, Davis
One Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 95616

Dr. Patricia Oteiza is a Professor in the Department of Nutrition and in the Department of Environmental Toxicology at the University of California, Davis. Her research interests focus on the anti-inflammatory actions of phytonutrients and on the impact of pre and perinatal nutrition on neurodevelopment and the risk of adult neurological disorders.
Robert B. Rucker

Ph.D., Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Nutritionist in AES
3135A Meyer, (530)752-2645

Dr. Rucker’s research interest focuses on the role of nutrients in early growth and development (emphasizing extracellular matrix relationships) and the physiological roles of quinone cofactors derived from tyrosine, such as pyrroloquinoline quinone.

Joan Sabate, M.D., Ph.D.

Chair and Professor, Department of Nutrition
Loma Linda University, School of Public Health
Nichol Hall Room #1102
Loma Linda, CA 92350

Dr. Joan Sabate is the Chair of the Dept. of Nutrition in the School of Public Health at Loma Linda University. His research interests are on the health effects of plants foods. His is conducting clinical trials and epidemiological studies on the effect of nuts on cardiovascular disease risk and risk factors.

Sheri A. Zidenberg-Cherr

Ph.D., Cooperative Extension Specialist
3149 Meyer, (530)752-3817

A major focus of Dr. Zidenberg-Cherr’s research and outreach program is the study of the nutritional status of populations considered at risk of nutritional deficiencies and exposure to environmental and physiological stresses.