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.
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.
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
James Peterson, Ph.D., Laboratory Manager
Xueyan Fu, Ph.D., Scientist III
Xiaohua Shen, M.D., Research Assistant
Amanda Antczak, M.S., Graduate Research Assistant
Max Prokopy, M.S., Graduate Research Assistant
Meghan Faherty, B.S., Administrative Coordinator
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