Maria Stewart, PhD; Associate Professor;
About my work and research areas:
My research lab focuses on health effects of dietary fiber. Most recently, I have investigated bacterial break down of dietary fibers from tropical fruits. I am interested in the identity of metabolites and rate of metabolite production. I also conduct nutrient analysis (proximate analysis) on tropical fruits. My research is considered translational because, in addition, to bench work to establish proof of concept and mechanism, I also extend my research to the “real-world” setting through clinical trials. I recently completed a clinical trial at a local hospital to evaluate the glycemic response to high-amylose rice.
Nutrient content of Hawaii-grown avocados Quantification and in vitro fermentation of banana fiber
How can students take part in my current work?
Students who are interested an experience in laboratory research and want to extend their lab findings to a real-world context are encourage to apply to my group. I have a small research group, so graduate students in my lab receive direct training and mentoring from me. I emphasize skill development through out graduate education.
I currently enjoy mountain biking, and I used compete in cyclocross at the semi-professional level. Home landscaping is my latest hobby: in the past three years, I’ve planted 7 different types of fruit trees in my yard.