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Hang Xiao

Associate Professor Hang Xiao
Associate Professor
Food Science
(413) 545-2281
Department of Food Science
324 Chenoweth Lab
University of Massachusetts
100 Holdsworth Way
Amherst, MA 01003-9282

Epidemiological evidence has indicated that diet abundant in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as cancer, and this effect has been attributed to bioactive components present in these foods. For example, it was estimated that one third of cancer cases might be preventable by dietary modification.

My research is focused on identifying potential disease preventive dietary components (nutraceuticals), elucidating their molecular mechanisms, investigating possible synergistic interactions among these dietary components and commonly used pharmacological compounds, enhancing biological activities of dietary components by food processing and nanotechnology, with the long-term goal of developing diet-based strategies for the prevention of chronic diseases. The major approach of this research is the utilization of chemical, biochemical & molecular biology in cell cultures combined with in vivo animal models for human diseases.

Food Science
food functionality
disease prevention
nutraceutical bioavailability