Heather Chandler, Ph.D.
College of Optometry
Primary Food Innovation Center Area: Biomedical Nutrition
Areas of Expertise: cataract prevention, corneal health, dietary supplementation, epithelial cell signaling
I will contribute to the Center by exploring biomedical nutrition. My current research involves how nutrition and supplementation influences ocular health. Poor nutrition, resulting in deficiencies or excess, can greatly impact a person's vision and quality of life. This Center will allow me to work closely with collaborators to determine new strategies to take bench-top research to the bedside, applying biochemical approaches in nutrition to the global community. With dietary-associated diseases such as diabetes, macular degeneration, and vitamin deficiencies on the rise, there is a great need to determine how nutritional changes can directly impact sight.