Faculty and Staff- Michael La Frano, PhD, RD

Michael La Frano

Michael La Frano, PhD, RD

Assistant Professor

Building 11-239
(805) 756-6233

Expertise: Lipid Mediators; Metabolomics; Carotenoids; Vitamin A; Method Development

Post-doctoral Fellowship University of California, Davis. (Fields of study: Analytical Chemistry and Metabolomics)
PhD University of California, Davis. Nutritional Biology, 2012. (Dissertation: Metabolism of Biologically Active Retinoids and Provitamin A Carotenoids in Humans and Animal Models)
BS Loma Linda University. Nutrition & Dietetics, 2007. 

Professional Affiliations: 
American Society of Nutrition 
Metabolomics Society 

Recent year teaching assignments:
Nutrition (FSN 210)
Nutrient Metabolism II (FSN 329)
Metabolic and Molecular Aspects of Vitamins (FSN 529) 

Research interests: 

My research focuses on investigating the response of metabolites to nutrition and disease using analytical methodologies. Our lab is developing methods capable of identifying hundreds of metabolites in biological samples using a variety of omics LC-MS assays, including metabolomics, aminomics, and lipidomics. The ability to assess this large number of compounds allows us to gain a more complete picture of the metabolic consequences of dietary interventions and disease processes. For example, our current projects include the impact of dietary and exercise intervention on gestational diabetes recurrence, strawberry consumption effects on cardiometabolic and gut health, and the validation of a novel swine model for NAFLD. Furthermore, we are involved in food-science-related projects that involve the quantification of phytonutrients such as polyphenols and carotenoids, as well as vitamins, amino acids, carbohydrates, and fatty acids, in order to assess food composition and the effects of processing.



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