Elizabeth Ryan
Toxicology, Cancer Biology and Nutrition Laboratory

This multi-disciplinary lab studies gut mucosal immunity and enteric pathogens, probiotic metabolism of foods,  and host associated microbiota-metabolic changes in response to dietary interventions across the lifespan.

Current projects involve investigation of foods such as rice bran, legumes (beans, cowpeas) and the impacts of these nutrient dense, fiber-rich foods on gut microbiome metabolism with health outcomes related to child growth as well as reducing risk for cancer.

Our team collaborates with local, national, and international groups on functional and sustainable foods and utilizes cutting-edge technologies such as metabolomics.

research project

Research Study: Northern Colorado Coronavirus Biobank

NoCo-Co-BIO: A biorepository for acute and convalescent patient samples from Coloradoans infected with SARS CoV-2.

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Clinical Research Study: Beans/Bran Enriching Nutritional Eating For Intestinal Health and Cancer Including Activity for Longevity

Beans/Bran Enriching Nutritional Eating For Intestinal Health and Cancer Including Activity for Longevity (BENEFICIAL) is a human clinical research study designed to identify whether foods such as beans or rice bran, combined with regular physical activity, can lower the risk of colorectal cancer.

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Metabolite profile comparisons between ascending and descending colon tissue in healthy adults

Bridget A. Baxter, Kristopher D. Parker, Michael J Nosler, Sangeeta Rao, Rebecca Craig, Catherine Seiler and Elizabeth P. Ryan
World Journal of Gastroenterology (2020)

Non-Targeted Metabolomics Signature in the Plasma and Bone Marrow of Patients with Long Bone Injuries

Hend Ibrahim, Omar Alnachoukati, Bridget A. Baxter, Trinette Chapin, Thomas Schroeppel, Julie Dunn and Elizabeth P. Ryan
Current Metabolomics and Systems Biology (2019)

Bifidobacterium longum-fermented rice bran and rice bran supplementation affects the gut microbiome and metabolome

Nora Jean Nealon, Kristopher D. Parker, Hend Ibrahim, Akhilendra Maurya, Kamol Raina and Elizabeth P. Ryan
Beneficial Microbes (2019)

Modulation of plasma and urine metabolome in colorectal cancer survivors consuming rice bran

Iman Zarei, Renee C. Oppel, Erica C. Borresen, Regina J. Brown, and Elizabeth P. Ryan
Integrating Food, Nutrition and Metabolism (2019)

Rice bran supplementation modulates growth, microbiota and metabolome in weaning infants: a clinical trial in Nicaragua and Mali

Luis E. Zambrana, Starin McKeen, Hend Ibrahim, Iman Zarei, Erica C. Borresen, Lassina Doumbia, Abdoulay Bore, Alima Cissolo, Seydou Douyon, Karim Kone, Johann Perez, Claudia Perez, Ann Hess, Zaid Abodo, Lansana Sangara, Ababacar Maiga, Syliva Becker-Dreps, Lijuan Yuan, Ousmane Koita, Samuel Vilchez, and Elizabeth P. Ryan
Scientific Reports (2019)

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Elizabeth P. Ryan, PhD.

Lab Principal Investigator (PI)
Associate Professor

Office Phone: 970-491-1536


Stephanie LaVergne, MD

Research Scientist

Bridget A. Baxter

Research Associate I
Lab Manager

Ryan Lab Phone: 970-491-4698


Sophia Stromberg

Undergraduate Student

Brooke Sayre-Chavez

PhD Student

Lab Dinner, May 2019

Different varieties of rice and rice bran from around the world.

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