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Title: Associate Professor/ Charlotte E. Roderuck Faculty Fellow
Department: Food Science and Human Nutrition

Office: 220 Mackay 2302 Osborn Dr., Ames, IA 50011
Phone number: +1 515 294 3447
Email: wswhite@iastate.edu

Research interests

  • Bioavailabilty and metabolism of carotenoids, including beta-carotene and lutein
  • Health protective effects of carotenoids
  • Use of stable isotropic tracers to measure to bioefficacy of beta-carotene in humans
  • Molecular biology and nutritional moldulation of beta-carotene 15,15'-monooxygenase activity
  • Nutrtional genomics
  • Biofortification to combat vitamin A malutrition. (http://www.harvestplus.org)
  • Human studies with the objective to enhance the beta-carotene content and bioavailability in staple crops in developing countries to combat vitamin A malnutrition (www.harvestplus.org)
  • Studies to enhance the bioavailability of beta-carotene and related bioactive carotenoids in fruits and vegetables to combat chronic disease
  • The molecular biology and dietary modulation of the activity of beta-carotene 15,15'-monooxygenase, the enzyme that converts beta-carotene to vitamin A

Published works