Diet-Genome Interactions: An Example of Multi-Scale Biology and Cross-Kingdom Regulation
Professor, UC, Davis
The focus of Dr. Rodriguez’ presentation is the interaction between human genes and our dietary environment. He asserts that this interaction is more complex than we think. Because this is a complex system, Dr. Rodriguez and other scientists in his field of nutritional genomics are looking at the key bioactive components in food. He hopes that eventually the treatment of disease will not lean so heavily on medications, but will focus more on disease-preventing and health-promoting foods that are tailored to match individual lifestyles, culture, and genetics. In addition to his position as a professor at UC Davis, Dr. Rodriguez serves as director of that university’s Center of Excellence in Nutritional Genomics.
Recorded: February 7, 2012