Estelle Cormet-Boyaka, Ph.D.
College of Veterinary Medicine
Director of the Cell Physiology and Biochemistry Core
Primary Food Innovation Center Area: Food Safety, Food Security
Areas of Expertise: epithelial cell biology, pollutants (cadmium), inflammation, antioxidants, natural anti-inflammatory compounds (curcumin)
My research focuses on how epithelial cells respond to pollutants that can be found in the environment (pollution) and food such as the toxic metal cadmium. We also have evidence that natural antioxidants/anti-inflammatory compounds, such as curcumin, can prevent secretion of cytokines/chemokines by epithelial cells suggesting that nutrition can modify their inflammatory status. By being part of the Food Innovation Center I attend to collaborate with other members to advance our knowledge on the effect of toxic metals in chronic inflammation and diseases.