Kristy Du

Kristy is currently a PhD student in the Division of Nutritional Sciences with an interest in how diet may affect cognitive and feeding behavior. She received a B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of California Irvine. Kristy completed her M.S. in the Division of Nutritional Sciences with Dr. Lee Beverly, where she used a rodent model to study how breakfast dietary protein sources affect satiety and cognitive performance. Currently, Kristy is investigating how various diet supplementations can impact brain and behavior in an aged mouse model.





University of Illinois, Division of Nutritional Sciences, Nutrition Symposium, First place poster (2016)


University of Illinois, Research Park, Most Outstanding Graduate Student Intern Finalist (2015)


American Society of Nutrition, Emerging Leader in Nutrition Science, First place poster (2015)


Abbott Nutrition Scholarship for the certificate of Business Administration Program (2013)




Google Scholar Profile




1. Du, K., Markus, E., Fecych, M., Rhodes, J.S., Lee Beverly., J. 2017. Satiety and memory enhancing effects of a high-protein meal depend on the source of protein. Nutritional Neuroscience. In press.


2. Goates, S., Du, K., Branschweig, C.A., Arensberg, M. 2016. Economic burden of disease-associated malnutrition at the state level. PloS One.


3. Perez, S.D., Du, K., Rendeiro, C., Wang, L., Qian, W., Rubakhin, S.S., Vazhappilly, R. , Baxtere, J.H.., Sweedler, J.V., Rhodes, J.S. 2016.  A unique combination of micronutrients rejuvenates cognitive performance in aged mice. Behavioural Brain Research 320:97-112.


4. Rendeiro, C., Masnik, A.M., Mun, J.G., Du, K., Clark, D., Dilger, R.N., Dilger, A.C., and Rhodes, J.S. (2015). Fructose decreases physical activity and increases body fat without affecting hippocampal neurogenesis and learning relative to an isocaloric glucose diet. Scientific Reports.



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