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About John Sin H. Gieng

Dr. John Gieng is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Science & Packaging at San José State University.

John completed his postdoctoral training in the Center for Nutrition and Metabolism at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI), his Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences (Minor: Physiology) at The Pennsylvania State University and his B.S. in Nutritional Sciences: Physiology & Metabolism at the University of California, Berkeley.

His research interests include:
  • health and nutrition of traditional, cultural, and fermented foods
  • role of food preparation techniques in nutrition, health, and disease
  • nutritional value of sustainable food sources and systems
  • effect of nutrition on performance and productivity
  • efficacy of novel tools and biomarkers of health and disease

John has done research in nutrition ranging from basic laboratory science to applied community education. In this capacity, he has utilized both in vitro and in vivo models for this work (human and animal cell culture, rodents, and humans). His early research examined, through the use of mathematical modeling in a biological system, the effects of acute and chronic inflammation on the kinetics of vitamin A to better understand nutrient deficiency in the context of concurrent disease and inflammation. His research focus then shifted to understanding the role and interactions of gut microbiota with host physiology and health in the context of diet-induced obesity and chronic inflammation. His recent research sought to understand the efficacy of teenagers as teachers of elementary-aged children in a garden-enhanced nutrition education setting, and, how this experience might improve teen self-efficacy and empowerment to live healthier lives. At San José State University, John hopes to bridge his knowledge of basic science and applied community work into his research.

Positions

Present Assistant Professor, San Jose State University Department of Nutrition, Food Science & Packaging
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2012 - 2017 Lecturer, California State University, East Bay ‐ Pre-Professional Health Academic Program
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2016 Lecturer, Santa Clara University ‐ Public Health Program
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2013 - 2014 Lecturer, Diablo Valley College ‐ Nutrition Program
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Curriculum Vitae


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Professional Service and Affiliations

2017 - Present Co-Chair, Nutrition Student Club, San Jose State Univeristy
2017 - Present Member, Student Advising Counsel, College of Applied Science and Arts, San Jose State University
2006 - Present Member, American Society for Nutrition
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Honors and Awards

  • Fourth best oral communication, 17th International Congress of Dietetics, “Teens as teachers in the garden: effects on youth vegetable intake and preference”, Granada, Spain
  • Award winner, Nutritional Immunology Research Interest Section Graduate Student Poster Competition, Annual meeting of the Federation of American Societies of Experimental Biology, San Francisco, CA
  • Woot-Tsuen Wu Leung Scholarship in Nutrition, The Pennsylvania State University
  • 2nd place, Vitamins/Minerals Research Interest Section Graduate Student Poster Competition, Annual meeting of the Federation of American Societies of Experimental Biology, San Diego, CA
  • 3rd place, Health and Life Sciences, Graduate Exhibition, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Honorable mention, Nutritional Immunology Research Interest Section Graduate Student Poster Competition, Annual meeting of the Federation of American Societies of Experimental Biology, Washington, D.C.
  • Jean Dearth Dickerscheid Fellowship, Phi Upsilon Omicron National Honor Society
  • Ruth Pike Scholarship in Basic Nutrition Science, The Pennsylvania State University

Courses

  • NuFS 106A: Human Nutrition in the Life Span
  • NuFS 106B: Research Methodology in Nutrition and Food Science
  • NuFS 219A: Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism

Education

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2001 - 2006 Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University ‐ Department of Nutritional Sciences
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1997 - 2001 B.S., University of California, Berkeley ‐ Nutritional Sciences: Physiology and Metabolism
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Publications (8)

Peer-Reviewed Conference Presentations (3)

Abstracts and Poster Presentations (23)