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Jessica Cooperstone

Jessica  Cooperstone

Jessica Cooperstone

Dept. of Horticulture & Crop Science, Dept. of Food Science & Technology



348 Howlett Hall
2001 Fyffe Ct,
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Plant foods and health promotion/disease prevention
  • Metabolomics
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Secondary plant metabolites
  • Food science
  • Nutrition


  • Ph.D. Food Science & Technology, The Ohio State University, 2014
  • B.S. Food Science, Cornell University, 2009

Jessica Cooperstone obtained her B.S. in Food Science from Cornell University in 2009 and her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in Food Science and Technology in 2014 investigating factors that may make tangerine tomatoes, orange tomatoes with unique properties are a promising lycopene-containing food to be considered in cancer prevention studies. She was then a Postdoctoral Researcher and Research Scientist at The Ohio State University using mass spectrometry based metabolomics to understand in vivo response to plant food consumption. Jessica joined the faculty at Ohio State as a Discovery Themes Initiate hire in Foods for Health, with a split appointment in Horticulture and Crop Science (70%) and Food Science and Technology (30%) where she resides on the Columbus campus in Howlett Hall. 

The Cooperstone lab is interested in better understanding how factors affect the biosynthesis of phytochemicals and how these compounds affect human health. By better characterizing plants, we can better understand how they affect health while developing novel germplasm designed to test specific nutritional hypotheses. To do this, our group uses a variety of targeted and untargeted metabolomic approaches. To this end, our group is a mix of plant, food and nutrition scientists with diverse experiences and perspectives allowing us to uniquely tackle research challenges.