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Post-Doctoral Associate
Department of Plant Biology

Dr. Danyue ZhaoDr. Daisy Zhao was a post doctoral associate from 2016 to 2020. She has a keen interest in elucidating the mechanisms on how dietary polyphenols help boost health and reduce risks of degenerative diseases, and their interactions with gut microbiota. She has acquired comprehensive research experience in analytical chemistry, microbiology and biochemistry during her undergraduate (B.Sc. in Environmental Chemistry) and postgraduate studies ( Food and Nutritional Sciences) in Hong Kong. Her research in the past mainly focused on the bioactivity and bioavailability of dietary polyphenols in cell and mouse models, and the metabolism of polyphenols by probiotic bacteria, utilizing various analytical and biochemical techniques. She obtained her PhD degree from the University of Hong Kong and now is the principle researcher for the NIH-funded project Dietary Botanicals in the Preservation of Cognitive and Psychological Resilience with an emphasis on characterizing the metabolism, bioavailability and bio-pathway of grape-derived polyphenols in vitro and in vivo.

After completing her post doctoral studies, Dr. Zhao currently works as an Assistant Professor at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.