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Congratulations to Dr. Bunyatratchata!

November 24, 2020

The Barile Lab is ecstatic to announce the graduation of Dr. Apichaya Bunyatratchata (Garn) who has earned her PhD in Food Science! Garn joined our lab in Fall 2014 and submitted her dissertation entitled “Prebiotics in early life nutrition: a qualitative and quantitative investigation of gut microbiome-promoting compounds in liquid formulations for infants and calves.”

Barile Lab member, Amanda Sinrod, honored with the Jastro-Shields Graduate Student Research Award

September 03, 2020

Amanda Sinrod received the 2020-2021 Jastro-Shields Graduate Student Research Award to further her research on discovering potentially bioactive oligosaccharides in wine co-products to valorize a prominent waste stream while improving human health. The Jastro-Shields Graduate Student Research Award recognizes graduate students in the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences who demonstrate outstanding research potential.

Dr. Daniela Barile and UC Davis Collaborators Receive Innovator of the Year Award

June 16, 2020

As part of the 2020 UC Davis Chancellor’s Innovation Awards, Dr. Daniela Barile along with a team of five fellow UC Davis faculty (Dr. Bruce German, Professor, Food Science and Technology; Dr. Carlito Lebrilla, Professor, Chemistry; Dr. David Mills, Professor, Food Science and Technology; Dr. Jennifer Smilowitz, Faculty Affiliate, Food Science and Technology; Dr. Mark Underwood, Professor, Pediatrics) received the Innovator of the Year Award.

Barile Lab members present posters and receive scholarships at NCIFT Showcase

March 12, 2020

Undergraduates, graduate students, and post-doctoral scholars from the Department of Food Science and Technology at UC Davis gathered at the UC Davis Conference Center on Wednesday, March 11 for the Northern California chapter of the Institute of Food Technologists (NCIFT) Annual Meeting and Student Recognition Banquet. The event featured a research poster session, food industry fair, networking reception, scholarship awards, and a keynote talk by Jaime Rudolf Reeves (R&D Director, Del Monte Foods).

Dr. Daniela Barile featured in American Chemical Society webcast

February 25, 2020

Professor Daniela Barile recently took part in the American Chemical Society (ACS) webcast, “The Future of Food” in honor of Earth Day 2020. The live, interactive webcast was part of the ACS Program-in-a-Box series, and featured presentations from food experts Dr. Daniela Barile (Professor & Chemist, UC Davis), Dr. Selina Wang (Research Director & Professor, UC Davis), Dr. Ricardo San Martin (Research Director & Industry Fellow, UC Berkeley), and Kerri Jansen (Assistant Editor, Chemical & Engineering News).

Barile Lab members featured as the face of the UC Davis Women & Philanthropy initiative

February 25, 2020

Professor Daniela Barile and former Barile Lab postdoc Dr. Tian Tian are featured on the UC Davis Women & Philanthropy webpage. UC Davis’ Women & Philanthropy initiative aims to “unite women as leaders who inspire others to benefit lives.” The initiative’s initial objective is to build a community of 1,000 women who will come together to raise 1 million dollars in 2020 by working to inspire women and ignite connections to “harness the power of women working together for the public good.”

Barile Lab featured in Italian documentary

February 25, 2020

The Barile Lab was recently featured in the documentary Petrolio: DNA Revolution. The primary focus of the film is the discussion of the applications and controversies of CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats, an emerging technology used to edit genes), but also discusses the importance of gut microbiota for health.

Dr. Randall Robinson awarded the 2019 Kinsella Memorial Prize

June 17, 2019

Barile lab postdoc Randall Robinson been selected as the recipient of the 2019 Kinsella Memorial Prize which recognizes excellence in academic performance.  The selection was based on the recommendation of Associate Professor Daniela Barile, along with the chair of his graduate group, Dr. Maria Marco, and the review of the selection committee.

The Barile Lab featured in “A Healthy Revolution” by Agilent Technologies

April 30, 2019
Agilent aids research designed to prevent many chronic diseases

Daniela Barile is concerned about a disturbing trend: an increase in chronic diseases that are affecting people in all parts of the world. Conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, lactose intolerance, gluten sensitivity, and Crohn’s disease.

Barile Lab Graduate Student Apichaya Bunyatratchata presented in the 15th annual IMGC International Symposium

April 30, 2019

This year marked the 15th annual IMGC International Symposium, held in downtown Sacramento, California, November 13–15. In spite of noticeable haze outside from the nearby wildfires, researchers, graduate students, and scholars from around the world found community and collaboration inside the beautiful conference center. Twenty-six presentations and 25 posters were complemented by panel discussions, luncheons, and a group dinner and tour of the Golden 1 Center, home of the Sacramento Kings.

BASF and UC Davis collaborating to unlock new potential in human milk oligosaccharides

April 30, 2019

FLORHAM PARK, NJ and DAVIS, CA, July 25, 2018 – BASF and the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) announced a collaboration to unlock new benefits of human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs). The long-term objective of this strategic research partnership is to develop and validate second-generation HMO molecules as potent bioactive compounds that can influence the establishment and maintenance of the gut microbiome and provide benefits beyond the gastrointestinal tract, such as brain health, for infants, children and adults.

From Lab to Launch

April 30, 2019
Evolve Biosystems founding scientists: Daniela Barile, Carlito Lebrilla, David Mills and Bruce German.   In the early 2000s, a group of UC Davis scientists began working to understand a health puzzle in U.S. infants. Why, as our medical care and nutrition improved, did instances of long-term chronic disorders like allergies, asthma and obesity skyrocket?

New Portal Unites Campus STEM Network

April 30, 2019

Professor Daniela Barile, right, works with food science major Tian Tian to better understand the chemical and biological properties of bovine milk. (Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis)


A new portal has opened to connect faculty, staff, students and the greater community to UC Davis STEM programs.

Developed by the STEM Strategies group in the Office of the Provost, the portal is designed to help students discover opportunities to engage in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) at UC Davis.

Protein-Trapped Sugar Compounds Nourish Infant Gut Microbes

April 30, 2019

A new study shows that the sugar part of a sugar-protein milk compound nourishes beneficial bacteria in babies’ intestines. (ThinkStock image)


UC Davis researchers have shown that an enzyme produced by beneficial microbes in babies’ intestines is able to harvest specific sugar compounds from human breast-milk and cow’s milk. The discovery identifies the sugars — rather than associated protein compounds — as the key to nourishing those important, health-promoting microbes.