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Nancy Moran Awarded the NIH 'Pathway to Independence' Career Development Award

Nancy E. Moran, Ph.D. awarded “Pathway to Independence” Career Development Award (K99/R00) by The National Institutes of Health to study “Mechanisms of Carotenoid Transport and Interactions with Nutrient Absorption.”

Nancy MoranNancy E. Moran, PhD, a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of Steven K. Clinton, MD, PhD and former Pelotonia Postdoctoral Fellow (2010-2012) was recently awarded a “Pathway to Independence” award by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (formerly the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine). Moran’s research will focus on the cellular mechanisms by which carotenoids, colorful pigments in fruits and vegetables, are transported into and out of cells, and whether transport of these carotenoids impacts the cellular uptake and biodistribution of other essential nutrients sharing the same transporters. Blood levels and reported intakes of carotenoids are associated with a reduced risk of a number of cancers, most notably of the prostate and breast. Therefore, understanding how carotenoids are absorbed from foods and biodistributed is important for future efforts focused on maximizing potential cancer-protective benefits of carotenoid consumption. The objective of the K99/R00 funding mechanism is to provide mentored research time for a postdoctoral researcher (the K99 phase) while supporting the transition to a tenure-track position (R00 phase).