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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Arsenic speciation in rice bran: Agronomic practices, postharvest fermentation, and human health risk assessment across the lifespan

Annika M Weber, Bridget A Baxter, Anna McClung, Molly M Lamb, Sylvia Becker-Dreps, Samuel Vilchez, Ousmane Koit, Frank Wieringa, Elizabeth P Ryan
Environmental Pollution (2021)

Relationships between plasma fatty acids in adults with mild, moderate, or severe COVID-19 and the development of post-acute sequelae

Sophia Stromberg, Bridget A Baxter, Gregory Dooley, Stephanie M LaVergne, Emily Gallichotte, Taru Dutt, Madison Tipton, Kailey Berry, Jared Haberman, Nicole Natter, Tracy L Webb, Kim McFann, Marcela Henao-Tamayo, Greg Ebel, Sangeeta Rao, Julie Dunn, Elizabeth P. Ryan (2022)

Daily Rice Bran Consumption for 6 Months Influences Serum Glucagon-Like Peptide 2 and Metabolite Profiles without Differences in Trace Element and Heavy Metals in Weaning Nicaraguan Infants at 12 Months of Age

Luis E Zambrana, Annika M Weber, Erica C Borresen, Iman Zarei, Johann Perez, Claudia Perez, Iker Rodriguez, Sylvia Becker-Dreps, Lijuan Yuan, Samuel Vilchez, and Elizabeth P. Ryan
Current Development in Nutrition (2021)

A longitudinal SARS-CoV-2 biorepository for COVID-19 survivors with and without post-acute sequelae

Stephanie M LaVergne, Sophia Stromberg, Bridget A Baxter, Tracy L Webb, Taru S Dutt, Kailey Berry, Madison Tipton, Jared Haberman, Benjamin R Massey, Kim McFann, Omar Alnachoukati, Linda Zier, Thomas Heacock, Gregory D Ebel, Marcela Henao-Tamayo, Julie Dunn, and Elizabeth P Ryan
BMC Infectious Diseases (2021)

Quality of Life (QoL) Is Reduced in Those with Severe COVID-19 Disease, Post-Acute Sequelae of COVID-19, and Hospitalization in United States Adults from Northern Colorado

Kim McFann, Bridget A Baxter, Stephanie M LaVergne, Sophia Stromberg, Kailey Berry, Madison Tipton , Jared Haberman , Jeremy Ladd , Tracy L Webb, Julie A Dunn, Elizabeth P Ryan
Environmental Research and Public Health (2021)

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Elizabeth P. Ryan, Ph.D.

Lab Principal Investigator

Office Phone: 970-491-1536


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Stephanie LaVergne, M.D.

Research Scientist

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Madison (Maddy) Tipton

Research Associate I
Lab Manager

Ryan Lab Phone: 970-491-4698


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Sophia Stromberg

Undergraduate Student

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Nicole Natter

Undergraduate Student

Collecting rice bran in Guatemala

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

Lab Dinner, August 2022

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