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About John H. Gieng, PhD

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

Dr. Gieng has conducted research on 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 whole-body 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 more healthily. At San José State University, Dr. Gieng bridges his knowledge of human metabolism, mammalian physiology, and applied nutrition education work into his ongoing scholarship and teaching.

Dr. Gieng's current research focus is on sustainable nutrition and health. He is interested in studying how humans can improve access to healthy foods and evaluating methods to enhance self-efficacy for maintaining and improving health. From this, Dr. Gieng has three high-level research aims:

  1. To study the health, nutrition, and production of traditional, cultural, and fermented foods.
  2. To study the nutritional value, implementation, access, and efficacy of sustainable foods and systems.
  3. To evaluate the efficacy of accessible tools and educational strategies to promote healthy behaviors.

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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Peer-Reviewed Publications (12)

Peer-Reviewed Conference Presentations (3)

Peer-Reviewed Abstracts and Poster Presentations (25)