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Margaret Slavin

Assistant Professor
NUTR 295 Coordinator

Margaret SlavinDr. Margaret Slavin, R.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies, and is an affiliate of the Krasnow Institute. She earned her Ph.D. in Food Science from the University of Maryland, College Park as a Flagship Fellow, and her B.S. in Clinical Dietetics and Nutrition from the University of Pittsburgh. She performed her coordinated clinical nutrition internship in the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center system to become a Registered Dietitian. Before coming to Mason, Dr. Slavin also served as Visiting Assistant Professor in the Institute of Food and Nutraceutical Science at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China.

Dr. Slavin’s research investigates the minor chemical components of food via analytical chemistry techniques, and their health promoting bioactivity via tissue culture assays. Her current interests involve the effect of food phytochemicals on inflammation and chronic disease, and how food processing might alter the levels and bioactivity of these chemicals.



Liu W, Wang J, Zhang Z, Xu J, Xie Z, Slavin M, and Gao X. (2014). In vitro and in vivo antioxidant activity of a fructan from the roots of Arctium lappa L. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, 65, 446-453.

Slavin M, Lu Y, Kaplan N, and Yu L. (2013). Effects of baking on cyanidin-3-glucoside content and antioxidant properties of black and yellow soybean crackers. Food Chemistry, 141, 1166-1174.

Zhang X, Gao B, Shi H, Slavin M, Huang H, Whent M, Sheng Y, and Yu L. (2012). Chemical Composition of 13 Commercial Soybean Samples and Their Antioxidant and Antiinflammatory Properties. J. Agric. Food Chem., 60, 10027-10084.

Slavin M and Yu L. (2012). A Single Extraction and HPLC-UV-ELSD Procedure for Simultaneous Quantification of Phytosterols, Tocopherols, and Lutein in Soybeans. Food Chemistry, 135, 2789-2795.

Ohlhorst SD, Slavin M, Bhide JM, and Bugusu B. (2012). Use of Iodized Salt in Processed Foods in Select Countries Around the World and the Role of Food Processors. Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety, 11, 233-284.

Jing P, Ye T, Shi H, Sheng Y, Slavin M, Gao B, Liu L, and Yu L. (2012). Antioxidant properties and phytochemical composition of China-grown pomegranate seeds. Food Chemistry, 132, 1457-1464.


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Slavin M and Patenaude J. (forthcoming in 2014) A Big MNT Headache. Identifying Dietary Migraine Triggers and Integrative Treatments. [Session organizer and co-presenter]. Food and Nutrition Conference & Expo, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. October 19, 2014, Atlanta, GA.

#Chaudhary S, #Koob C, Baranova A, and Slavin M. (2014). Effects of migraine provoking food compounds on CGRP Expression in rat thyroid C-Cell Line. (A methodology poster). National Conference on Undergraduate Research, April 3-5, 2014, University of Kentucky.

Slavin M and Smith L#. (2013). Effects of Extraction Solvent on Antioxidant Activity and Chemical Content of Cat’s Claw (Uncaria tomentosa) Extracts. Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting, July 13-16, 2013, Chicago, IL.

#Koob C, Baranova A, and Slavin M. Quantification of rat CGRP and calcitonin may provide a model for the screening of migraine-provoking food compounds. Virginia Academy of Sciences, May 23, 2013. [Biology Section, Oral Presentation Session].

[Invited] Slavin M and Yu L. (2012). Single-run HPLC-UV-ELSD analysis of tocopherols, sterols and lutein from soybeans. American Chemical Society – Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting. May 31 – June 2, 2012, Baltimore, MD.

Slavin M, Lu Y, Kaplan N, and Yu L. (2012). Effects of Thermal Processing on Anthocyanin Content and Antioxidant Properties of Black and Yellow Soybean Crackers. Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting, June 25-28, Las Vegas, NV.


Slavin M (PI) and Parry J. Effects of grape pomace extract on migraine biomarkers in vitro. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics – Herbert and Nylda Gemple Research Award. Submitted April 2013; proposed dates October 1, 2013 – September 30, 2014. $5,000.

Slavin M (PI). Effects of spices on migraine-related biomarkers in vitro. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics – McCormick Science Institute Research Award. Submitted April 2013; proposed dates: August 1, 2013 – July 31, 2014. $5,000.

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Department of Nutrition and Food Studies
10340 Democracy Ln
Fairfax, VA 22030
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Fairfax, VA 22030-4444