The Carotenoids and Health Laboratory plans to address two research objectives that focus on the bioavailability, metabolism, and function of carotenoids, retinoids and other bioactive food components by applying various advanced laboratory technologies and collaborating with other experts in the studies below.
1. Determine the ability of bioactive plant-based foods, including carotenoid-rich foods, to exert biological functions and affect genomic stability
2. Determine the vitamin A requirement of healthy U.S. adults
Guangwen Tang, Ph.D., Laboratory Director
Scientist I and Associate Professor, Nutritional Biochemistry
Research focus: carotenoid, retinoid, and phytonutrient and human health using stable isotope labeled plants
Elizabeth Johnson, Ph.D.
Scientist I and Associate Professor, Nutrition
Research focus: absorption and metabolism of carotenoid; relationships with body composition and age-related eye disease prevention
Kyung-Jin Yeum, Ph.D.
Scientist I and and Associate Professor, Nutrition
Research focus: biomarkers of free radical damage and antioxidant defense. Functional bioavailability of phytonutrients including carotenoids
Tawanda Muzhingi, M.S. Graduate Research Assistant
Julie Evans, M.S. Graduate Research Assistant
Rohini Vishwanathan, Ph.D. ,Postdoctoral Associate
Ning Qi, B.S.
Allyson Gotsell, B.A. Budget and Administrative Assistant
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