The Human Nutrition Group’s research mission is to advance knowledge regarding the role of nutrition in human health. Our comprehensive approach includes studying the roles that whole foods, individual nutrients, and non-nutritive food components have at the whole body, cellular and molecular level in various population groups and model systems. We also examine environmental, social, and individual determinants of food choices and eating patterns.
Tenure-Stream Faculty in the Human Nutrition Group
My research focuses broadly on the social determinants of health and dietary choices. I am interested in how attitudes and behaviours related to eating, cooking, food selection, body image and body weight status are shaped by socio-cultural and neighbourhood-level factors.
My broad research interests include: maternal and child health, micronutrients, and global health. I am specifically interested in hemoglobin, iron and zinc biomarkers, the effect of inflammation on nutrition biomarkers, and genetic hemoglobinopathies and blood disorders (e.g., sickle cell, thalassemia).
I am interested 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.
Nutrition plays a pivotal role in health promotion and disease prevention. My overall research interest is to understand how nutrients act at the cellular and molecular levels with an emphasis on nutrient-gene interactions and their subsequent impact on metabolic functions.
Adjunct Professors in the Human Nutrition Group
- Michael Lyon
- Ryna Levy Milne
- Simon Wood
Recent headlines from the Human Nutrition Group:
- UBC News: Hitting the Sweet Spot
- Fitness Magazine: Should You Give Up Dairy to Lose Weight?
- The Province: To juice or not to juice? Vancouver dietitians dump on juice-cleanse trend
- Global News: Coconut oil the latest dietary craze in B.C.
- CKNW: Time for a (Coconut) Oil Check
- 24 Hours Vancouver: Temper that coconut oil craze
- One drop will do: UBC researchers develop simple new test for vitamin B12 deficiency
- The Globe and Mail: Campus eating beyond fast food or the meal plan
- UBC News: Kids eat better if their parents went to college
- Metro News: Kids with college educated parents have healthier eating habits: study