Vitamin K

Mission
The long-term objective of this project is to enhance scientific knowledge on the physiological benefits of increased vitamin K consumption in order to develop more precise vitamin K intake recommendations.

Lab Objectives
1. Determine the amounts of individual dietary forms of vitamin K in nationally representative samples of frequently consumed U.S. foods and dietary supplements.

2. Characterize the effects of dietary and non-dietary factors, such as age, lipid profile and body fat, on the bioavailability and utilization of different forms of vitamin K in humans.

3. Identify mechanisms of action for vitamin K, other than its classic role as an enzyme cofactor, using cellular and animal models.

Staff
Sarah Booth, Ph.D.
Director, Vitamin K Laboratory
Associate Director, Senior Scientist and Professor, Nutrition
Research focus: vitamin K status and chronic disease, bioavailability, food composition

Xueyan Fu, Ph.D., Scientist III
Research focus: vitamin K bioavailability and role of vitamin K in inflammation and insulin resistance

M. Kyla Shea, PhD,  Scientist II
Research focus: understanding the role of vitamin K in age-related disease


Xiaohua Shen, MD, Research Assistant
Amanda Antczak, MS, Graduate Research Assistant
Stephanie Harshman, MS, Graduate Research Assistant
Meghan Faherty, MS/MPH., Administrative Coordinator

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