Faculty and Staff- Michael La Frano, PhD, RD

Michael La Frano

Michael La Frano, PhD, RD

Assistant Professor

Building 11-225
(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 has focused on the response of lipid mediators including oxylipins,endocannabinoids, and sphingoid bases, as well as bile acids, retinoids and carotenoids, to dietary interventions and disease processes. The integration of these data with metabolomics and lipidomics platforms to achieve a more complete picture of metabolism has also been a key part of my research. Furthermore, I specialize in the development of methods for the extraction and quantification of analytes in a variety of foods and the biological matrices of humans and animals, specifically having used liquid/liquid or solid phase extractions and LC-DAD, LC-ECD, or LC-MS/MS analysis. I also have extensive experience in the assessment of processing effects on the content and bioavailability of nutrients in food.

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