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Tou, Janet

Professor of Human Nutrition and Foods

Tou’s research area of interests are investigating bioactive dietary compounds (including omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and polyphenols) and their therapeutic role in diseases such as osteoporosis, polycystic kidney disease, and fatty liver disease as well as determining potential biochemical/molecular mechanisms of actions.  My food science interest is determining the nutritional value of edible plants and novel sources of protein.


  1. Maditz KH, Miller M, Oldaker C, Smith BJ, Tou JC. (2015) Feeding soy protein isolate and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids affect mineral balance and bone in a rat model of autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease. BMC Nephrol 10:16-23.
  2. Durbin SM, Jackson J, Ryan MJ, Gigliotti JC, Alway SE, Tou JC. (2014) Resveratrol supplementation influences bone properties in ambulatory and hindlimb suspended old Fisher 344 x Brown Norway male rats.  J Bone Miner Metab 32:38-47.
  3. Maditz KH, Benedito VA, Oldaker C, Nanda N, Lateef SS, Livengood R, Tou JC. (2015) Feeding soy protein isolate and n-3 PUFA affects polycystic liver disease in a PCK rat model of autosomal polycystic kidney disease.  J Pediatr Gastroentrol Nutr 60:467-473.
  4. Bridges K, Gigliotti JC, Altman S, Jaczynski J, Tou JC . (2011) Determination of digestibility, tissue deposition, and metabolism of omega-3 fatty acids derived from krill protein concentrate in growing rats.  J Agric Food Chem 58:2830-2837.
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