Title: Senior Researcher
Ph.D., Northwestern University
B.S., Miami University
Dr. Renee Strauch works as a Sr. Scientist in Dr. Mary Ann Lila’s lab, and their research focuses on the bioactive compounds found in some foods that benefit human health when consumed. Berries, such as blueberries, black currants, and cranberries, have high levels of polyphenols and are associated with heart-health, neuroprotective benefits, cancer chemoprevention and antidiabetic properties. The mechanisms by which these polyphenols improve our health and reduce disease incidence, however, is not known. Using her experience in biochemistry, natural products chemistry, HPLC-MS and metabolomics, Renee is working to identify plant bioactives, understand their metabolism, and define the mechanisms by which they impact human health.
- Maize Homologs of HCT, a Key Enzyme in Lignin Biosynthesis, Bind the NLR Rp1 Proteins to Modulate the Defense Response, 2015
- Discovery of a novel amino acid racemase through exploration of natural variation in Arabidopsis thaliana., 2015
- Blackcurrant anthocyanins attenuate weight gain and improve glucose metabolism in diet-induced obese mice with intact, but not disrupted, gut microbiome, 2015