Elizabeth J. Johnson, Ph.D.

Scientist I
Antioxidants Laboratory
Phone: (617) 556-3204
Fax: (617) 556-3344
E-mail: elizabeth.johnson@tufts.edu



Ph.D., Nutritional Sciences, University of Wisconsin at Madison

Research Focus
Absorption and metabolism of carotenoids in humans; role of carotenoids in eye and brain health

Academic Appointments
Associate Professor, Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University

Select Professional Affiliations
American Society of Nutrition
American College of Nutrition
Carotenoid Research Interactive Group
International Carotenoid Society
Macula and Nutrition Group
The Nutrition Society 

Select Publications
Berger S, Vishwanathan R, Raman G, Johnson EJ. Dietary cholesterol and cardiovascular disease: A systematic review and meta-analysis Am J Clin Nutr (Epub ahead of print ajcn100305, 2015 Jun 24).

Vishwanathan R, Schalch W, Johnson EJ. Macular pigment carotenoids in the retina and occipital cortex are related in humans. Nutritional Neuroscience (published online Feb 2015).

Johnson EJ, Vishwanathan R, Rasmussen HM, Lang JC. Bioavailability of AREDS1 micronutrients from softgel capsules and tablets: a pilot study. Molecular Vision  20:1228-42 (2014).

Vishwanathan R, Kuchan MJ, Sen S, Johnson EJ. Lutein and preterm infants with decreased concentrations of brain carotenoids. J of Ped Gastro & Nutrition  59(5) 659-65. PMID: 2461400 (2014).

Meyers KJ, Mares  JA, Igo, RP, TruittB, Liu Z, Millen AE, Klein M, JohnsonEJ, et al. Genetic Evidence for Role of Carotenoids in Age-Related Macular Degeneration in the Carotenoids in Age-Related Eye Disease Study (CAREDS). IOVS 55:587-99 (2014).

Meyers KJ, Johnson EJ, Bernstein PS, Iyengar SK. Engelman CD. Karki CK. Liu Z. Igo RP Jr. Truitt B. Klein ML. Snodderly DM. Blodi BA. Gehrs KM. Sarto GE. Wallace RB. Robinson J. LeBlanc ES. Hageman G. Tinker L. Mares JA. Genetic determinants of macular pigment in women of the Carotenoids in Age-Related Eye Disease Study. IOVS 54:2333-45 (2013).

Vishwanathan R, Iannaccone A, Scott TM, Kritchevsky SB, Jennings BJ, Carboni G, Forma G, Satterfield S, Harris T, Johnson KC, Schalch W, Renzi LM, Rosano C, Johnson EJ. Macular pigment optical density is related to cognitive function in the elderly Age & Ageing, 43:271-5 (2013).

Vishwanathan R, Chung M, Johnson EJ. A systematic review on zinc for the prevention and treatment of age-related macular degernation. IOVS 54:3985-98 (2013).

Evans, JA, Garlick J, Johnson EJ, Wang XD, Chen, C-Y. A pilot study of the photoprotective effect of almond phytochemicals in a 3D human skin equivalent Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology 126:17-25 (2013).

Johnson EJ, Vishwanathan R, Johnson MA, Hausman DB, Adam Davey, Scott TM, Green RC, Miller LS, Gearing M, Woodard J, Nelson PT, Chung HY, Schalch W, Wittwer J, Poon. LW Relationship between serum and brain carotenoids, a-tocopherol and retinol concentrations and cognitive performance in the oldest old from the Georgia Centenarian Study. Journal of Aging Research. Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 951786.

Vishwanathan R, Neuringer M, Snodderly DM, Schalch W, Johnson EJ. Macular lutein and zeaxanthin are related to brain lutein and zeaxanthin in primates. Nutritional Neuroscience 16:21-29 (2013).

Bian Q, Gao, S, Zhou J, Qin J, Taylor A, Johnson EJ, Tang G, Sparrow JR, Gierhart D; Shang F. Lutein and zeaxanthin supplementation reduces photo-oxidative damage and modulates the expression of inflammation-related genes in retinal pigment epithelial cells. Free Radical Biology & Medicine 53:1298-307 (2012).

Rasmussen HM, Muzhingi, T, Eggert E, Johnson EJ.Lutein, zeaxanthin and meso-zeaxanthin in egg yolk and their absence in fish and seafood. J Food Com & Analysis 27:139-144 (2012).

Yu, J, Johnson EJ, Shang F, Lim A, Zhou H, Cui L, Xu J, Snellingen T, Liu X, Wang N, Liu N.  Measurementof macular pigment optical density in a healthy Chinese population sample. IOVS  53:2106-11 (2012).

Zhou, H, Zhao S, Johnson EJ, Lim A, Sun, E, Yu J, Zhang Y, Liu X, Snellingen T, Shang F, Liu N.Serum carotenoids and risk of age-related macular degeneration in a Chinese population sample IOVS 52:4338-44 (2011).

Mares JA, Voland R., Sondel SA, Millen A.E., LaRowe T, Moeller SM, Klein,M.L. Blodi BA, Chappell R., Tinker,L., Ritenbaugh C, Gehrs K, Sarto,G, Johnson EJ,  Snodderly M, Wallace RB. Healthy Lifestyles Related to Subsequent Prevalence of Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Arch Ophthal  129:470-80 (2011).

Barker FM, Neuringer M, Johnson EJ, Snodderly DM, Schalch W, Kopcke W. Dietary supplementation of carotenoid-depleted monkeys with zeaxanthin or lutein restores protection against photochemical blue-light retinal damage IOVS. 52:3934-42 (2011).

Li L, Chen C-Y, Aldini G, Johnson EJ, Rasmussen H, Yoshida Y, Niki E, Blumberg JB, Russell RM, Yeum K-Y. Supplementation with lutein or lutein plus green tea extracts does not change oxidative stress in adequately nourished older adults J Nutr Biochem 21:544-549 (2010).

Johnson EJ, Maras, J, Rasmussen, H, Tucker K. Intake of lutein and zeaxanthin differs with age, gender and ethnicity J Am Diet Assoc 110:1357-1362 (2010).

Berson EL, Rosner B, Sandberg AM, Weigel-DiFranco C, Brockhurst RJ, Hayes KC, Johnson EJ, Anderson EJ, Johnson CA, Gaudio AR, Willett WC, Schaefer EJ. Clinical trial of lutein in patients with retinitis pigmentosa receiving vitamin A treatment. Archives of Ophthalmology 128:403-11 (2010).

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