Canada Research Chair in Human Nutrition and Vitamin Metabolism
Assistant Professor, Food, Nutrition and Health
phone: 6048271776
fax: 6048225143
FNH 245
2205 East Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4


University of Florida, Postdoctoral Associate, Human Nutrition
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, PhD, Human Nutrition
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Diploma, Human Nutrition


My enthusiasm for human nutrition research draws from my interest in the physiology and biochemistry of nutrition-related diseases and in targeted and population-based prevention strategies of chronic diseases. My research specifically focuses on B-vitamins and their kinetics and functions in human metabolism. B-vitamins are required for normal cell growth and neurological function and thus have an impact on human health from the embryo to the older adult. Low folate and/or vitamin B-12 status may yield pregnancy complications, low birth weight, cancer, and cognitive impairment.

The overarching theme of my research is nutrient adequacy. My research projects aim to investigate metabolic and functional effects of nutritional inadequacies and micronutrient interactions in various population groups. I apply stable isotope tracer protocols to determine the metabolic consequences of high and low B-vitamin intake in healthy individuals. The studies will help elaborate potential underlying mechanisms responsible for linkages between B-vitamin intake and chronic diseases and in the evaluation of optimal vitamin intake to maintain biochemical functions.

I am interested in supervising graduate students with strong interests in kinetic and bioefficacy trials and in quantitative analysis of biological samples – preferably with a solid background and/or high interest in mass spectrometry.


FNH 350:  Fundamentals of Nutrition

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Quay TAQ, Frimer L, Janssen P, Lamers Y. Barriers and Facilitators to Recruitment of South Asians to Health Research: A Scoping Review. BMJ Open accepted on March 31, 2017.

Jeruszka-Bielak M, Isman C, Schroder TH, Li W, Green TJ, Lamers Y. South Asian ethnicity is related to the highest risk of vitamin B12 deficiency in Canadian pregnant women. Nutrients – accepted for publication on March 19, 2017.

Chebaya P, Karakochuk CD, March KM, Chen NN, Stamm RA, Koreun H, Sophonneary P, Borath M, Shahab-Ferdows S, Hampel D, Barr SI, Lamers Y, Hougthon LA, Allen LH, Green TJ, Whitfield K. Correlations between maternal, breast milk, and infant vitamin B12 concentrations among mother-infant dyads in Vancouver, Canada and Prey Veng, Cambodia: an exploratory analysis. Nutrients – accepted for publication on March 08, 2017

Mujica-Coopman MF, Franco-Sena AB, Farias DR, Vaz J, Brito A, Kac G, Lamers Y (2017). Vitamin B6 status in unsupplemented pregnant women is associated positively with serum docosahexaenoic acid and inversely with the n-6-to-n-3 fatty acid ratio. Journal of Nutrition 147(2):170-178. doi: 10.3945/jn.116.239483.

Ho CL, Quay TAW, Devlin AM, Lamers Y (2016). Prevalence and predictors of low vitamin B6 status in healthy young women in Metro Vancouver. Nutrients 8(9). pii: E538. doi: 10.3390/nu8090538.

Book Chapters

Gregory JF, da Silva V, Lamers Y. Kinetics of folate and one-carbon metabolism. In: Folate in Health and Disease (2010). Editor: Bailey LB; 2nd edition. Taylor and Francis Group, Florida