Earl Harrison, Ph.D.
College of Education and Human Ecology
Dean's Distinguished Professor
Primary Food Innovation Center Area: Biomedical Nutrition
Areas of Expertise: vitamin A, carotenoids, lipid metabolism, enzymes, biochemistry
My laboratory studies the basic mechanisms involved in the intestinal absorption, transport, and metabolism of dietary vitamin A and carotenoids using cell culture, animal models, and investigations in human subjects. I am particularly interested in defining the proteins involved in the uptake and metabolism of dietary carotenoids in the intestine and in defining the metabolites of dietary carotenoids and their biological functions. I am a recent addition to The Ohio State University, becoming the Dean's Distinguished Professor of Human Nutrition in 2006.
FIC member Earl Harrison has helped to unlock the key to a mystery that has been plaguing the science community for years. Harrison, along with his FIC team collaborators Robert Curley, Rachel Kopec, Ken Riedl, and Steven Schwartz, have discovered that diets high in beta-carotene (an antioxidant associated with certain foods with yellow, orange, or green color) can actually block the benefits of vitamin A, which is essential for fighting diseases such as cancer. Read more
Congratulations to FIC member Earl Harrison on being appointed Associate Editor of The Journal of Nutrition. Read more
Earl Harrison, a charter member of the Food Innovation Center, has made his mark at Ohio State as a Dean's Distinguished Professor of Human Nutrition since 2006. Read more