The Moore Family Center Endowed Director

Bob and Charlee MooreIn 2010 Bob and Charlee Moore, founders of Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods, made a gift of $5 million to establish the Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition, and Preventive Health in OSU's College of Public Health and Human Sciences. The center was created to build on the college's research on nutrition, childhood obesity and related topics, and help promote healthy eating throughout Oregon and beyond.

Bob Moore, the company's CEO, is one of the world's most prominent advocates for whole grains and healthy eating. He and Charlee started their business in 1978 in an historic flour mill near Oregon City with a mission to grind whole grains into flours, cereals, and mixes for the local community, moving people back to the basics with healthy whole grains, high-fiber and complex carbohydrates. Now based in Milwaukie, Ore., Bob's Red Mill has become a leading provider of whole grain natural foods with international distribution.

The Moores' gift provided endowments for the center's director and an additional faculty member. The gift also created two programmatic funds to support the center's research and outreach, an endowed fellowship fund for graduate students, and provided funds to renovate the food research laboratory in Milam Hall.


Emily Ho

Emily HoAn associate professor of nutrition and a principal investigator in the Linus Pauling Institute, Emily Ho was named the inaugural endowed director of the Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health in 2012. She is an international expert on diet and cancer prevention including the effects of cruciferous vegetables and dietary zinc.

"I have spent most of my career as a traditional 'bench-based' nutrition scientist, but I have found I am most excited when my science makes its way to the public — to make a real difference in how people live their lives and their health," she said. "As director of the Moore Family Center, I see an exciting new opportunity to bridge the science of nutrition with its application to the community."

Ho came to OSU in 2003 after studying at the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada), The Ohio State University, University of California, Berkeley, and Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute. She has received numerous early career honors, including the Phi Kappa Phi Emerging Scholar Award.


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