Immunity & Disease Prevention
Charles B Stephensen
Mission: The Unit’s mission is to determine how selected nutrients and other dietary factors with immune-regulatory and anti-oxidant properties modulate immune function and prevent or impede pathogenic inflammation. Scientists in the Unit currently focus on vitamins A and D, carotenoids, fatty acids, selenium and other specific phytonutrients (e.g., quercetin and resveratrol). Research focuses on the anti-inflammatory activities of such compounds because inflammation is a key promoter of many chronic diseases.
· Charles Stephensen , Ph.D.
- Research Leader Roles of vitamins A and D in immune function.
· Betty Jane Burri , Ph.D.
- Physiological roles of beta-cryptoxanthin, lycopoene, and beta carotene.
· Wayne Chris Hawkes , Ph.D.
- Roles of selenium and selenoproteins in cancer prevention.
· Dan Hwang , Ph.D.
- Dietary modulation of inflammation and chronic diseases mediated by pattern recognition receptors of the innate immune system.
· Darshan Kelley , Ph.D.
- Regulation of immune and inflammatory responses by dietary fatty acids.
· Susan Zunino , Ph.D.
- How dietary antioxidant phytochemicals regulate growth and function of normal and abnormal immune cells and regulate inflammation.
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