Kristopher Parker

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Sustainability Leadership Fellow Cohort: 2019-2020

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Environmental & Radiological Health Sciences

Research Summary: My research explores the relationship between diet and disease through a lens focused on understanding the intricate interplay between food components, metabolism, and gut microbes. I am currently investigating the composition of gut microbiota alongside the profile of products (metabolites) derived from host and microbial metabolism of rice bran: a globally accessible, underutilized byproduct of rice milling. Rice bran is rich in fibers, fatty acids, B and E vitamins, and contains a suite of bioactive prebiotics and phytochemicals. Our research has revealed that consumption of heat-stabilized rice bran provides valuable nutrition, reduces gut pathogens, and confers protection from chronic disease.