Rachel Kopec, PhD

The Kopec Lab 

Research Focus:  The use of analytical chemistry tools and metabolomics techniques to study nutrient-nutrient/nutrient-bioactive phytochemical interactions of fat-soluble compounds, with special emphasis on interactions that occur in the gastrointestinal tract. 

Research Keywords: fat soluble nutrients & phytochemicals,  nutrient-nutrient interactions, nutrient-bioactive interactions, gastrointestinal health and disease, cognitive health, LC-MS, metabolomics, multi-omic integration, cell culture, novel food processing techniques,  clinical trials, pre-clinical studies 

Dr. Rachel Kopec is an Assistant Professor in the Program of Human Nutrition of the Department of Human Sciences. She received her PhD in Nutrition Sciences in 2012 from the Ohio State University and spent three years as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA) in Avignon, France.  Her lab uses model systems (foods and food processing, Caco-2 intestinal cells, animals) and actual humans in combination with analytical chemistry tools (LC-PDA, LC-MS/MS, untargeted metabolomics) to decipher nutrient/nutrient and nutrient-bioactive interactions. Her group focuses on the interactions that occur with fat-soluble vitamins and phytochemicals (i.e. omega-3 fatty acids, carotenoids, chlorophylls). 

Assistant Professor
Human Sciences
kopec.4@osu.edu
FFH Faculty Member Dr. Rachel Kopec

The Kopec Lab 

Research Focus:  The use of analytical chemistry tools and metabolomics techniques to study nutrient-nutrient/nutrient-bioactive phytochemical interactions of fat-soluble compounds, with special emphasis on interactions that occur in the gastrointestinal tract. 

Research Keywords: fat soluble nutrients & phytochemicals,  nutrient-nutrient interactions, nutrient-bioactive interactions, gastrointestinal health and disease, cognitive health, LC-MS, metabolomics, multi-omic integration, cell culture, novel food processing techniques,  clinical trials, pre-clinical studies 

Dr. Rachel Kopec is an Assistant Professor in the Program of Human Nutrition of the Department of Human Sciences. She received her PhD in Nutrition Sciences in 2012 from the Ohio State University and spent three years as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA) in Avignon, France.  Her lab uses model systems (foods and food processing, Caco-2 intestinal cells, animals) and actual humans in combination with analytical chemistry tools (LC-PDA, LC-MS/MS, untargeted metabolomics) to decipher nutrient/nutrient and nutrient-bioactive interactions. Her group focuses on the interactions that occur with fat-soluble vitamins and phytochemicals (i.e. omega-3 fatty acids, carotenoids, chlorophylls).