Harini Sampath is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences and the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health, at Rutgers University. In her work, she uses her training in Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition to identify cellular alterations that underlie metabolic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Her current research interests include: 1) understanding the consequences of oxidative stress on DNA damage and mitochondrial function; 2) designing rational nutritional and pharmaceutical approaches to enhance cellular tolerance of oxidative stress, and 3) disentangling the roles of different dietary macromolecules, including carbohydrates and fats, on influencing disease susceptibility. Her work has been funded by the NIH, the Marie-Curie Foundation, and the American Heart Association and has been published in numerous journals including the Journal of Biological Chemistry, the American Journal of Physiology, Cell Metabolism, and Endocrinology. Harini received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008 and her B.S. from the University of New Hampshire in 2002.
Hong joined the Sampath Lab at its inception in 2016 as Lab Manager. She manages various lab duties including genotyping, nucleic acid isolations, histology, and ordering. After work, Hong enjoys cooking and gardening and has a veritable green thumb.
Deeptha joined the Sampath Lab in 2017 as a Research Associate and supports the lipidomic needs of the lab. Deeptha operates and maintains the lab’s gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) instrument. In her spare time, Deeptha enjoys cooking and making intricate origami.
Dr. Priyanka Sharma
Priyanka joined the Sampath Lab in June 2018. Trained in academia and industry her research focuses on identifying new dietary phytochemicals with promising pharmacological activity against diseases posing a threat to public health. She is currently working on understanding the molecular mechanisms that link dietary factors, including macronutrients, micronutrients, and polyphenols, to induction of DNA damage both in vitro and in vivo. In her free time she loves to travel and develop her passion for nature photography.
Natalie is a doctoral student in the Molecular Biosciences program focused on elucidating the role of delta-9 desaturases in non-lipogenic tissues. In her free time, Natalie likes to exercise and to cook.
Bhavya is a graduate student in the department of Nutritional Sciences, who joined Sampath Lab in January 2019. Her research focuses on the modulation of exercise endurance by oxidative stress . While she is not in classes or in the lab, she enjoys spending time with her family.
Emmanuel joined the lab as an undergraduate researcher in 2018. He is currently pursuing a degree in Biochemistry and hopes to work as a pharmaceutical scientist in the future.
Camila joined the lab in 2020 as a G.H Cook Scholar. She is currently pursuing a degree in Biotechnology and a minor in Biochemistry. In her free time, she loves traveling, singing and photographing sunsets.
Aimun joined the lab in 2019 as a Freshman and is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Biology. She helps the lab keep on top of routine tasks, including genotyping our extensive mouse colony.
Sarah joined the lab as an undergraduate researcher in 2020. She is currently pursuing a degree in Nutritional Science and a minor in Biochemistry and hopes to pursue a career in functional medicine. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, exercising, and spending time outdoors.
Ranjita joined the lab in 2020 as a Freshman and is currently pursuing a degree in Nutritional Sciences. In the future, she hopes to have a career in pediatric medicine. In her free time, she enjoys singing, playing the ukulele, and spending time with her friends and family.
Lab Alumni and Current Positions
Sai Santosh Babu Komakula, Ph.D. 2020, Assistant Professor, Wroclaw University, Poland
Emely Fernandez, Sampath Lab undergraduate fellow in Biology and Mathematics, medical student at Rutgers University
Tasleenpal Akal, MS Nutritional Sciences 2020
Gloria Awuku, Undergraduate RiSE Scholar 2018-2019
Dr. Anupom Mondal, Post-doctoral fellow in Sampath Lab 2017-2019, Senior Scientist at Oncodeva
Emmanuel Marfo, accelerated MS 2019, Medical student at Eastern Virginia Medical School
Jana Tumova, Ph.D., Post-doctoral fellow in Sampath Lab, 2016-2018, UT-San Antonio
Rohit Aita, Undergraduate Researcher and New Jersey Governor’s STEM Scholar, Genetics
Terianne Englis, GH Cook Honors Student
Stephen Argentina, Undergraduate Researcher, Food Sciences
Melanie Logue, Dietetic Intern, Sodexho
Tyra Aversa, SEBS Biology Honors Student
Ashley Morales, SEBS Undergraduate Student