Nutrigenomics: Application of Genomics in Nutrition Research

January 5, 2006
9:30 am
Halligan 102
Speaker: Anoop Kumar
Host: Prof. Lenore J. Cowen


Nutrigenomics is the study of how constituents of the diet interact with genes, and their products, to alter phenotype and, conversely, how genes and their products metabolize these constituents into nutrients, antinutrients, and bioactive compounds. The completion of Human genome project and availability of plethora of bioinformatics databases can boost the Nutrigenomics Research. The talk presents the fundamentals of nutrigenomics and state of the art research in this area. Relevant databases that aid in nutrigenomics research are analyzed. An approach to develop a system that nutritionists can use to study mass and personal nutrition will be discussed. A system that retrieves nutritional information will be presented.