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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, Topher McNeil, 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.

Barile Lab Graduate Students win 1st place and 3rd place at the The Sixth Annual Graduate Student Research Poster Competition

April 30, 2019

Fourteen graduate students from the Departments of Food Science and Technology, and Viticulture and Enology participated in the competition on December 10, 2015. Joshua Cohen and Randall Robinson were the first and third place winners, respectively. Josh’s poster was about a new Pilot scale isolation method for bioactive oligosaccharides from whey permeate. Randall presented his work in developing a novel, high-throughput method of oligosaccharide analysis by mass spectrometry.

Barile’s lab member wins 3rd place at RMI poster competition

April 25, 2019

Tian is a fourth year Ph.D. candidate in the Barile Lab. Originally from China, she joined UC Davis after obtaining her bachelor degree in Food Science and Technology from Jiangnan University. Her research interests are to understand the relationship between the chemical structure and biological properties of food components, especially the activity of functional carbohydrates as prebiotics, and to develop the efficient separation method for isolating the identified carbohydrates from complex food matrices.

Breast milk reveals clues for health

April 25, 2019

An interdisciplinary team is decoding the mysteries of human breast milk, figuring out what makes it so good for babies — and hoping to capture that goodness to help improve other people’s health, say, by boosting immunity in children in the developing world, and in cancer patients and the elderly.

Meet the New Shields Chair: Dr. David Mills

April 25, 2019

“The endowment secures infinite dairy research at UC Davis. As the fund’s market value continues to grow, its earnings allow for the Chair to invest in students, faculty and research programs, all designed to advance California’s position in the global dairy industry,” says Mills.