Research Laboratories

Functional Foods and Human Health Research Laboratory



Focus

The primary goals of our research program are to identify and critically examine functional foods, bioactive compounds, dietary supplements, and other dietary interventions that can effectively prevent and/or improve both established and emerging risk factors for chronic diseases associated with aging such as cardiovascular disease and cancer. This is achieved primarily through conducting clinical research studies and utilizing novel techniques aimed at obtaining mechanistic insights. A population of particular interest is postmenopausal women, as the physiological changes that occur in the menopausal transition and postmenopausal period have been shown to accelerate the development and progression chronic diseases and conditions.


Current Research Studies

Volunteers needed for research study evaluating red beetroot juice consumption and cardiovascular health


Personnel

Graduate Students:

  • Nicole Litwin, MS, RD – In the PhD program in Food Science and Human Nutrition with a Functional Foods for Health Specialization
  • Shannon Hartley – in the MS program in Food Science and Human Nutrition with an emphasis in Human Nutrition
  • Hannah Van Ark – in the MS program in Food Science and Human Nutrition with an emphasis in Human Nutrition

Lab Personnel
Left to right: Shannon Hartley, Sarah A. Johnson, Hannah Van Ark, and Nicole Litwin


Contact Us

Functional Foods & Human Health Laboratory
Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
201 Gifford Building
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1571
Phone: 970.491.0464
FunctionalFoodsLab@colostate.edu