Maureen Meister

A Georgia State University nutrition doctoral candidate from Canton has been selected for a predoctoral fellowship from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Maureen Meister of Canton is one of two Georgia State doctoral candidates, in chemistry with a concentration in nutritional sciences, who received the fellowship. The USDA-NIFA $120,000 two-year predoctoral fellowship will support their research training and dissertation work that will examine the therapeutic effects of berries.

The fellowship is part of the USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative — Education and Workforce Development program, producing future research leaders in food and agricultural sciences.

Meister’s research examines blackberry consumption as a therapeutic strategy in chronic lung disease induced by electronic (e)-cigarettes in hypertensive animals. Meister hypothesizes blackberries will prevent lung damage caused by the additive effect of e-cigarette use in hypertension. Meister is mentored by Rafaela Feresin, assistant professor of nutrition, and will also receive training from collaborator Christa Wright, assistant professor of environmental health in the Georgia State School of Public Health.

The proposed studies and training in these fellowships integrate nutrition science with advanced biomedical techniques, including analytical chemistry, complex animal surgeries, cell culture and proteomic analysis.

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