Diganta Kalita


  • Time Zone

  • Organization
    Colorado State University

  • Role
    Scientist Mentor: I will mentor teams of students online

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    I investigate the nutritional and phytochemical composition of newly developed potato cultivars in Colorado and some other places of USA. Also I analyse the health the beneficial or detrimental properties of processed potato food products. I analyse the levels of acrylamide in French fries and potato chips from different cultivars of potato and screen the potato cultivars with potential to produce lower level of acrylamide. I study the role of polyphenols in formations of acrylamide in French fries. I also investigate the potential antioxidant activities of polyphenol rich potato cultivars and other super foods such as pomegranate and blue berries. Also I extract and analyse different polyphenolic compounds present in plant and study their potential role in preventing diabetic complications.

  • Profile Question 1
    When and why did you decide to go into a science career?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    from my school days I was curious to know the fact happening in the earth. To understand world better I believed that science could only answer my questions.

  • Profile Question 2
    What is best about being a scientist?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    I can explain my observations. As I grew Biology, Physics, chemistry, and Maths could explain my observations. As a scientist I can explore the facts but still we have lots to do.

  • Profile Question 3
    What is your favorite plant? Why?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    Potato. Potato is the fourth major food in the world and number one favorite food from kids to adult. However there is negative publicity about potato that it is unhealthy food for diabetic people. I am curious for potatoes which can help in reducing diabetic complications.

  • Availability
    I am currently available for mentoring, please send me team match invitations

  • Capacity: How many teams at a time are you comfortable working with?

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