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 Expert  722653

Expert in Mineral Bioavailability, Calcium Metabolism, and Bone Health

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Indiana (IN)
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Expert's laboratory studies calcium metabolism during life stages of high demand, i.e., building peak bone mass during adolescence and bone loss in postmenopausal women. Calcium needs in adolescence is investigated with metabolic research camps (Camp Calcium). Dietary alternatives to estrogen replacement therapy for postmenopausal women are also being investigated in her laboratory by a novel approach of Ca-41 technology. Expert uses isotopic tracer techniques to intrinsically label foods or salts of interest in order to study factors that enhance or inhibit absorption and their biological fate in animal models or humans. She has screened many food sources for calcium bioavailability, and has developed rat models for studying calcium kinetics and bone strength. In addition, evaluating enhancers and inhibitors of calcium absorption by active and passive routes is a focus of on laboratory.



bone formation




mineral bioavailability

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Chicago, Illinois;  Joliet, Illinois;  Champaign, Illinois;  Indianapolis, Indiana;  Fort Wayne, Indiana;  South Bend, Indiana;  Gary, Indiana;  Hammond, Indiana;  Bloomington, Indiana;  and Muncie, Indiana.

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1978   Ph.D.   Food Science   Florida State University  
1974   M.S.   Food Science   Oregon State University  
1972   B.S.   Food Science   Oregon State University  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1991 to


(Undisclosed University)


Foods and Nutrition


Distinguished Professor and Department Head


Expert is Distinguished Professor and Head of the Department of Foods & Nutrition at Expert's University, West Lafayette, Indiana. In 2000, she also became Director of a National Institutes of Health funded Botanical Center to study dietary supplements containing polyphenolics for age-related diseases. Her research interests include mineral bioavailability, calcium metabolism, and bone health.

1978 to 1995


(Undisclosed University)


Foods and Nutrition




Career Accomplishments:

Expert is a member of IFT, ACS, ASNS, SEBM, GSD, AAAS, ACN, IBMS, SX, PTS, ON, ISP, PHP, SDE, and ODK.

Professional Appointments

She was a member of the National Academy of Sciences Food and Nutrition Board Panel to develop new recommendations for requirements for calcium and related minerals. She is past-president of American Society for Nutritional Sciences and is on the Board of Trustees of the International Life Sciences Institute. She serves on the following editorial boards: AJCN, Nutritiongate, Nutrition Research Reviews, CRC Series in Contemporary Food Science, and the Journal of Nutrition Biochemistry. She has held many positions in IFT and ASNS. In addition, she was appointed to the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee for 2003-2004.


For her contributions in teaching, Expert was awarded Expert's University's Outstanding Teaching Award. In 1993, she was honored with the Expert's University Health Promotion Award for Women, and in 1997, she received the Institute of Food Technologists Babcock Hart Award. In April 2003, she received the USDA A.O. Atwater Lectureship Award at the annual Experimental Biology meeting. Her other awards include: Michigan State University, G. Malcolm Trout Lecturer (2002); Distinguished Professor of Foods and Nutrition (2000); Lydia Roberts Memorial Lecturer (2000); Julius Bauermann Lectureship Award, Philadelphia Section Institute of Food Technologists (1999); inducted into Purdue Teaching Academy (1997); Distinguished Alumna, Florida State University (1997); Outstanding Paper Award from the Vitamins and Mineral Research Interest Section, American Society for Nutritional Sciences (1997); and, Elected Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists (1996).

Publications and Patents Summary

She has published over 100 research articles.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism  
 - Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry  
 - Bone  
 - Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism  
 - Journal of Food Science  

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