Rachel Kopec, Assistant Professor

Dr. Kopec completed a B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2006 and a Ph.D. in Human Nutrition in 2012, where she studied the bioavailability, metabolism, and bioefficacy of carotenoids, the compounds which impart yellow, orange, and red hues to fruits and vegetables. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) from 2013-2016, continuing her studies of carotenoid metabolism during digestion.

Dr. Kopec joined the Division of Human Nutrition at Ohio State as an assistant professor in 2016. Dr. Kopec’s research group studies the effects of food processing, absorption and metabolism of fat soluble vitamins and other fat soluble bioactive compounds using both model organisms and humans. Two complementary approaches, targeted (LC-PDA and LC-MS/MS) and metabolomics (LC-HRMS) are used together to identify parent bioactives, their resulting metabolites, and their effects on other biochemical pathways. Dr. Kopec also has multi-omic collaborations, combining LC-MS and NMR platforms for unknown identification, and in metabolome-microbiome data integration.

Dr. Kopec can be reached at kopec.4@osu.edu

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