David A. Sela
Appointments and affiliations at University of Massachusetts
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Food Science
Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Microbiology
Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Microbiology and Physiological Systems (UMass Medical School)
Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Molecular and Cellular Biology
Education and previous appointments
Postdoctoral Researcher, Foods for Health Institute, University of California, Davis
Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology, Stanford University
Ph.D. Microbiology, University of California, Davis
M.S. Food Science (Microbiology), University of California, Davis
B.S. Biology (Molecular & Cellular), State University of New York, New Paltz
David Sela is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Food Science. Moreover he holds an adjunct appointment in the Dept. of Microbiology and Dept. of Microbiology and Physiological Systems at the UMass Medical School. Dr. Sela’s research is focused on the mechanisms by which breast milk molecules direct the population structure, and often function, of microbiota that colonize the infant gastrointestinal tract. Dr. Sela joined UMass Amherst after conducting postdoctoral research with David Mills in the Foods for Health Institute at University of California, Davis and David Relman at Stanford University School of Medicine.
Cynthia (Cindy) Kane
Senior Research Fellow (Research Assistant Professor)
Research Assistant Professor, Dept. of Medicine, University of Illinois, Chicago
Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Illinois, Chicago
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Division of Biological Sciences, University of Montana
Postdoctoral Research Associate, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Delhi, India
Ph.D. Biomedical Sciences, Institute for Genomics and Integrative Biology, University of Delhi
M.S. Biomedical Sciences, Ambedkar Center for Biomedical Research, University of Delhi
B.S. Life Sciences, Maharshi Dayanand University
Asha is a Senior Research Fellow in the Sela Lab. She earned her PhD in Biomedical Sciences, from Ambedkar Center for Biomedical Research and the Institute for Genomics and Integrative Biology, University of Delhi. Her research interests include role of microbiome in health and disease as a therapeutic intervention for promoting healthcare through translational research. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, spending time outdoors, cooking and catching up with friends.
Class of 2018
B.S. Public Health
Haley is pursuing her undergraduate degree at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Nutrition and Public Health, with a focus on Global Health. She aims to make a significant impact in the field of maternal and child health through a career focused in epidemiological nutrition research. She is interested in the impact of breastmilk and infant nutrition to an infant’s overall health and development. Outside of academics, Haley enjoys the outdoors, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
M.S. Biotechnology, Yeditepe University
B.S. Food Engineering, Middle East Technical University
Ezgi Özcan joins the Sela Lab as a Ph.D. student. She has previously earned a B.S. in Food Engineering as well as a M.S. in Biotechnology. Her research interest is focused on understanding the interactions of bioactive dietary components with one’s gut microbiota. This includes subpopulations such as lactic acid bacteria, in addition to investigating community-level relationships using in vitro models. When not in the lab, Ezgi enjoys stage and other performing arts. In her free time, she likes to go to concerts, dance performances and watching films, especially musicals.
M.S. Nutritional Biochemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.S. Nutrition Science, Shanghai Jiaotong University
Xiaomeng You joins the Sela Lab as a Ph.D. student. Previously, she earned a M.S. in nutritional biochemistry at UNC Chapel Hill. She is interested in promoting human health through healthier food development and dietary strategy. Particularly, her research is focused on food nutrients and other bioactive components that promote the growth of beneficial microorganisms to establish a protective microbiome. In her free time, she likes hiking, traveling, cooking and watching movies.
B.S. Biology, University of Scranton
Korin is a Ph.D. student in the Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) program at UMass Amherst. She graduated from the University of Scranton in Scranton, PA cum laude with a B.S. in Biology. Her research interests include how changes in nutrient intake affect the health and diversity of the gut microbiome. In her free time, she enjoys shopping, listening to EDM and hip-hop, and watching educational television with her cat.
M.S. Food Science, China Agricultural University
B.S. Biology, China Agricultural University
Yang Lyu joined the Sela Lab as a Ph.D. student. She earned her M.S. degree from College of Food Science at China Agricultural University. Her research interests include beneficial functions of probiotics, especially bifidobacteria and how diet modulates gut microbiota. In her free time, she enjoys reading, appreciating arts, traveling, and taking photos of cats.
M.S. Materials Science and Engineering, U of I at Urbana-Champaign
B.A. Physics and Chemistry, Oberlin College
Liv Dedon joins the Sela Lab as a Ph.D. student. Previously, she earned a M.S. in materials science and engineering at University of Illinois at Ubana-Champaign. Her research interests include the role of metabolic processes in directing and maintaining the microbiome. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, riding horses, and taking photos of her cats and carnivorous plants.
B.S. Food Science (Microbiology minor), University of Massachusetts Amherst
Undergraduate research assistant (joining lab as a graduate student Fall 2018)
Michelle is a senior Food Science major with a minor in Microbiology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is interested in fermented foods and how those foods interact with the human microbiome. Outside of academic studies Michelle enjoys skiing, skating with friends, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
B.A. Biology and Biochemistry, Marlboro College
Margaret recently graduated from Marlboro College with a degree in Biology and Biochemistry. She is interested in the evolution of inter-individual differences in human breast milk composition and how maternal genetics and environmental exposures influence the development of the infant gut microbiome. In her free time she enjoys plant-based cooking and baking, doing yoga, improvisational dance, taking long hikes, and being outside.
Commonwealth Honors College
Class of 2019
Veronica is pursuing a degree in Nutrition and completion of the Spanish and Health Certificate in hopes of working within the medical field in the future. She is interested in how the human microbiome can be impacted by an individual’s diet, and how this link plays a role in medicine. She can also be found tutoring at the Learning Resource Center on campus and in her free time, enjoys painting, spending time with friends, and spinning.