A new inter-disciplinary study led by researchers at Tufts University found that coconut oil effectively controlled the overgrowth of a fungal pathogen called Candida albicans (C. albicans) in mice. In humans, high levels of C. albicans in the gastrointestinal tract can lead to bloodstream infections, including invasive candidiasis.
Biochemical & Molecular Nutrition
José Ordovás' research focus is molecular biology; nutrition and genetics; and lipoproteins and cardiovascular disease risk. He is a professor at the Friedman School, as well as a senior scientist and director of the Nutrition and Genomics Laboratory at the HNRCA.
Dr. Simin Nikbin Meydani, DVM, PhD, is Tufts University's Vice Provost for Research (VPR). Her research interests are age and nutrition induced changes in immune related diseases and their underlying mechanisms.
She is the president of the American Society of Nutrition.
Research focus: 1-carbon nutrients: modulation of carcinogenesis, Obesity: modulation of carcinogenesis, Colonic microbiome and carcinogenesis.
Paul Jacques' research focuses on the role of diet on metabolic markers of diabetes and cardiovascular disease risk, with an emphasis on whole grains, low fat dairy and flavonoids; the impact of FDA-mandated folic acid fortification of enriched cereal-grain products on folate status and health of Americans, with an emphasis on the effect of high folate intake in the presence of low vitamin B12 status; and the relation between dietary patterns, diet quality and risk of chronic disease.
Dr. Fielding is Director and Senior Scientist of the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, and Sarcopenia (NEPS) Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. He is also Professor of Nutrition at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, and Lecturer of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School. Currently, he also serves as the Associate Director of the Boston Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center.
Research focus: Energy regulation in humans; obesity; energy expenditure; body weight regulation; caloric restriction.
Irwin Rosenberg holds multiple appointments throughout Tufts University, and Friedman's affiliated research labs. His research focuses are nutrition and aging; folate nutriture; the relationship between homocysteine, B vitamin nutriture, vascular disease and cognitive decline.
Stefania Lamon-Fava is a Scientist I at the HNRCA's Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory, as well as program director of and an associate professor in the Biochemical Molecular Nutrition program at the Friedman School. Her research interests include nutritional and hormonal regulation of the expression of genes involved in lipoprotein metabolism, apolipoprotein kinetics in humans, and epidemiology of risk factors for coronary heart disease.
Sarah Booth is interim director of the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, as well as a senior scientist and director of the HNRCA's Vitamin K Laboratory. She also is a professor in the Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition program at the Friedman School. Booth's research interests include Vitamin K food composition, dietary assessment, nutritional assessment, and bioavailability.