Nutrition Researchers from the University of Eastern Finland (UEF), Kuopio Campus
Collaborator: Healthy Aging Project
with Sari Voutilainen, PhD, Adjunct Professor
University of Eastern Finland
Institute of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition
Department of Clinical Nutrition
AAAG Executive Committee Member
American Association of Anthropological Genetics
Member of the Review Editorial Board
Frontiers in Applied Genetic Epidemiology
Emphasis: sexual dimorphism of gene by environmental interaction (GEI)
WWU Lab - 2011
Our lab at WWU Anthropology Department is being developed to examine biomarkers which specifically represent a current metabolic status and tell the story of a nutritional history.
Genotypes set the developmental parameters and constraints on human traits, but environmental factors interacting with genes ultimately shape many phenotypes. Dietary intake is the primary environmental determinant of phenotypic development. The resulting nutritional effects are continuous, variable and complex, altering human gene expression and physiological variation, the capacity for survival, adaptation and ultimately evolution. Determining an accurate representation of an individual’s nutritional phenotype is difficult, for it must include both biological and cultural data to reveal a more complete profile. We are now working to identify the significant factors affecting nutritional profiles in a variety of populations.
Kansas Nutrition Project
This project was a study of the relationship between nutrition, genetics, wellness and disease, funded by the State of Kansas Attorney General’s Settlement Fund
The participating population is of four Kansan Mennonite Churches, many of whom participated in the 1980 studies sponsored by the University of Kansas. The purpose of this study is to explore the possibility of extending this study to the Nebraskan Mennonite populations.