IGPNS Faculty Mentors

Sherry A. Tanumihardjo

Sherry Tanumihardjo, Ph.D.Professor of Nutritional Sciences
Director of Undergraduate Certificate in Global Health
B.S. 1983, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
M.S. 1987, Iowa State University
Ph.D. 1993, Iowa State University

Emphasis Group(s):
Human Nutrition; Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition

Research Interests:
Vitamin A status assessment and provitamin A carotenoids as sources of vitamin A. Vegetables and fruit intake to enhance health; Global Health

Research Summary:

The Vitamin A Assessment Laboratory is a progressive research and outreach team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Department of Nutritional Sciences.  The laboratories have two main research foci.  These include vitamin A assessment methodology and carotenoid bioavailability.  Often the two overlap when investigating provitamin A carotenoids.  The research group works with a number of animal models (i.e., gerbils, rats, pigs and monkeys) to answer various questions on issues related to vitamin A toxicity and deficiency.  Moreover, the team does not stop there, but they take the research outcomes and apply them to the human model.  In that regard, the team has conducted studies in humans in the United States, Indonesia, South Africa, Ghana, and Burkina Faso.  The lab strongly advocates the promotion of vegetables and fruits to enhance overall health and general well-being.  Current research efforts in this regard are the interaction of anthocyanins in cranberries and purple carrots with carotenoid uptake and clearance.  The team has developed educational materials to enhance the intake of locally grown produce in the state of Wisconsin with special emphasis on cranberries.  Some of these materials have been disseminated to other states.

Representative Publications:

Bresnahan KA, Arscott SA, Khanna H, Arinaitwe G, Dale J,
Tushemereirwe W, Mondloch S, Tanumihardjo JP, De Moura Tanumihardjo SA. Cooking enhances but the degree of ripeness does not affect provitamin A
carotenoid bioavailability from bananas in Mongolian gerbils. J Nutr
142(12):2097-104.

Agne-Djigo A, Idohou-Dossou N, Kwadjode KM, Tanumihardjo SA, Wade S.
High prevalence of vitamin A deficiency is detected by the modified relative
dose-response test in six-month-old Senegalese breast-fed infants. J Nutr
2012; doi: 10.3945/jn.112.166454

Tanumihardjo SA. Xanthophylls as provitamin A carotenoids.  Sight
and Life 2012;26(2):48-55.

Liu YQ, Heying E, Tanumihardjo SA. History, global distribution, and
nutritional importance of citrus fruits. Compr Rev Food Sci Food Safety
2012;11: 530-45.

Nuss ET, Arscott SA, Bresnahan K, Pixley KV, Rocheford T, Hotz C,
Siamusantu W, Chileshe J, Tanumihardjo SA. Comparative intake of white-
versus orange-colored maize by Zambian children in the context of promotion
of biofortified maize.  Food Nutr Bull. 2012;33(1):63-71.

Liu YQ, Davis CR, Schmaelzle ST, Rocheford T, Cook ME, Tanumihardjo
SA
. β-Cryptoxanthin biofortified maize (Zea mays) increases β-cryptoxanthin
concentration and enhances the color of chicken egg yolk. Poult Sci.
2012;91(2):432-8.

Dever JT, Surles RL, Davis CR, Tanumihardjo SA.  α-Retinol is
distributed through serum retinol-binding protein-independent mechanisms in
the lactating sow-nursing piglet dyad. J Nutr. 2011;141:42-7.  2010 Nov 10.
[Epub ahead of print].

Arscott SA, Howe JA, Davis CR, Tanumihardjo SA. Carotenoid profiles
in provitamin A-containing fruits and vegetables affect the bioefficacy in
Mongolian gerbils. Exp Biol Med. 2010;235:839-48.

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