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Josephine Shieh

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Nutritional Sciences

Ph.D. Student

Barrow Hall
115 DW Brooks Dr.
Athens, GA 30602



Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
M.S. Biology Valdosta State University May 2018
B.S. Science Education University of Georgia December 2013


GRSC 7770 Graduate Teaching Seminar (Co-instructor) - Fall 2020 (UGA) 

FDNS 2100E Human Nutrition and Food (Teaching Assistant) - Summer 2020 (UGA)  

FDNS 2100E Human Nutrition and Food (Instructor) - Summer 2019 (UGA) 

FDNS 4660S Food and Nutrition Education Methods (Teaching Assistant) - Fall 2018, Spring/Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021 (UGA)

ISCI 2001 Exploring our Ecosphere (Instructor) - Summer 2018 (VSU)

BIOL 1040 Organismal Biology Lab (Instructor) - Fall 2016 to Spring 2018 (VSU) 


Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Virginia Wilbanks Kilgore Scholarship UGA Department of Foods and Nutrition 2018
Leilia Alberta Ritchie Mize Scholarship College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2020
Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award Office of Vice President of Instruction / Center for Teaching & Learning 2020
Glenn & Helen Burton Feeding the Hungry Scholarship College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2021
FACS Funds for Excellence Scholarship College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2021
Degree Accelerator Award The UGA Graduate School 2021

Areas of Expertise

Basic lab skills, STEM education/literacy, educational psychology 

Current Research

I am currently researching the effects of urolithin isoforms (metabolites of polyphenols) in metabolic models of oxidative stress. Ellagitannins and ellagic acid are polyphenolic compounds derived from various plants. Fruits and nuts that are rich in ellagitannins include: pomegranates, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, muscadine grapes, and walnuts. However, these polyphenols exhibit low bioavailability following metabolism. Upon entering the gut, colonic microbiota catabolize these ellagitannins to a metabolite called urolithin, which has high bioavailability and can be better absorbed. Both in-vivo and in-vitro studies have shown that consumption of ellagitannin-rich sources have yielded protective health benefits in metabolic, inflammatory, cardiovascular, and neurological disorders, but more research is needed to elucidate the bio-protective effects associated with these compounds.    

Working Papers

Shieh, J and Kang, J. "Effects of Helix Dipole Membrane Field Potential Interactions on Hydrophobic Energies of Transmembrane Domains". Thesis

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