Joanne Curran-Celentano, Ph.D.

Joanne Curran-Celentano, Ph.D.


Educational Background:

 Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana, 1982
 M.S., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 1978
 B.S., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 1976

Recent Courses Taught:

Nutrition in Health and Well Being (NUTR 400)
Food and Society (NUTR 405)
Food Science Principles and Practice (NUTR 550)

General Area of Interest and/or Specialty:

Food science and food technology, food studies with a focus on the multidisciplinary issues around food, eating and cooking; bioavailability of dietary carotenoids in food systems and supplements.

Representative  Research Publications:

Lindbergh AC, Mewborn CM, Hammond BR, Renzi-Hammond LM, Curran-Celentano JM, Miller S. The relationship of lutein and zeaxanthin levels to neurocognitive functioning: An fMRI study of older adults. J International Neuropsychological Sciences 2016 (in press)

Mahoney, LL, Curran Celentano, J et al (2009) Investigation of Cyanidin and Pelargonidin Content in the Genus Fragaria L. Acta Hort 842:915-918.

Wenzel AJ, Fuld K, Stringham JM, Curran-Celentano J. Macular pigment optical density and photophobia light thresholds. Vision Res. 2006 Dec;46(28):4615-22. Epub 2006 Nov 7.

Kopsell DA, Lefsrud MG, Kopsell DE, Wenzel AJ, Gerweck C, Curran-Celentano J. Spinach cultigen variation for tissue carotenoid concentrations influences human serum carotenoid levels and macular pigment optical density following a 12-wk dietary intervention. J Agric Food Chem. 2006 Oct 18;54(21):7998-8005.

Wenzel AJ, Gerweck C, Barbato D, Nicolosi RJ, Handelman GJ, Curran-Celentano J. A 12-wk egg intervention increases serum zeaxanthin and macular pigment optical density in women. J Nutr. 2006 Oct;136(10):2568-73.

Burke JD, Curran-Celentano J, Wenzel AJ. Diet and serum carotenoid concentration affect macular pigment optical density in adults 45 years and older. J Nutr. 2005 May;135(5):1208-14.

Representative Public Presentations

How does “an apple a day” keep the doctor away? The role of fruits and vegetables in lowering the risk of chronic diseases associated with aging

Raising the next generation: Are we growing healthy kids? Blue Moon Evolution March 2014

You are what you eat – Monthly Seminar for Lee Agriculture Commission January – June 2014

Cheese 360: The Science within the Art of Cheese-making

The Francophone Symposium, Department of Languages, Literature and Culture 10/2013

Kitchen Science: Developing flavor appreciation and awareness in the next generation of consumers National Association of Flavors and Food Systems (NAFFS) October 2013

Cheesemaking Workshop – Seacoast Slow Food, May 2012

From Spinach to Mozzarella Cheese – Relating Food to Health and Back Again Retired Faculty UNH

Role of Diet in the Prevention of Age Related Eye Disease - University of Illinois, Institute on Aging, June 2013; Penn State University, November 2013


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