Extension Associate, CommunicationsNC State University Plants for Human Health Institute
Work 600 Laureate Way Kannapolis NC 28081 United StatesworkWork Phone: 704-250-5461workWork Email: INTERNET
Megan Bame is the Greenhouse Operations Technician for the Plants for Human Health Institute. She oversees the greenhouse operations and growth chambers to help ensure that research is carried out accurately, safely and effectively. Megan also receives and manages space allocation requests in coordination with the space allocation committee.
Mr. Jonathan Baros, coordinator of the N.C. Cooperative Extension component at PHHI, develops and sustains programs that help N.C. fruit and vegetable producers explore efficient economic options and optimize profits for their farming operations. He is charged with evaluating economic components involved in compliance with food safety rules; examining economical options for initiating cooling and postharvest handling programs in fruits and vegetables; assessing value-added and alternative enterprise opportunities in the traditional horticultural area; and developing cost-and-return estimates for traditional horticultural crops. He also coordinates PHHI Extension’s efforts and programs, which include communications, farm business management and fresh produce safety initiatives. Jonathan received both his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in agricultural economics from Texas A&M University.
Ms. Lorie Solomon-Beale works in the labs of Dr. Allan Brown and Dr. Mary Ann Lila. She is responsible for successive generations of broccoli and cabbage plants maintained for pollination experiments. She assists in the field harvest of broccoli and blueberry samples. In the lab, Lorie helps maintain inventory of supplies and makes stock solutions and prepares reagents used for plant natural product extractions. She extracts and isolates broccoli phytocompounds in preparation for analytical analysis.