N.C. A&T FOOD SCIENTIST RECEIVES $490,000 USDA GRANT

Dr. Shengmin Sang, lead scientist for functional foods at the Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, has received a $490,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture to research the connection between diabetes and flavonoids, which are a group of compounds found in fruits, vegetables, herbs and teas.

Sang’s project was deemed “outstanding” by USDA’s competitive grants program, the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI). Recent research in Sang’s functional foods lab indicated that flavonoids could minimize complications of diabetes. The current study will continue and expand that work.

The Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies at the North Carolina Research Campus is administered by the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.