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Raymond Rodriguez

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Raymond Rodriguez

Professor, Molecular and Cell Biology
University of California, Davis
diet, genes and nutritional genomics
genes controlled by chemicals in food
diet and heart disease, cancer, Type 2 diabetes and obesity
diet as a course-modifying factor in disease


Diet can be a serious risk factor for a number of diseases, such as Type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease and some cancers, but the exact effect of different components of food may depend on your individual genetic makeup. For example, a single letter change in DNA in people living in Scandinavia 10,000 years ago allows most Caucasian adults today to drink milk without getting sick due to lactose intolerance. The new National Center of Excellence in Nutritional Genomics, a joint venture between UC Davis and the Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI), aims to identify genes controlled by naturally occurring chemicals in food and study how these genes can tip the balance between health and disease. The center, directed by Raymond Rodriguez, professor of molecular and cellular biology at UC Davis, is supported by a five-year, $6.5 million grant from the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, a division of the National Institutes of Health.

1 Shields Avenue
University of California at Davis
Davis  California  95616
United States
Office Phone: 
(530) 752-3263
Office Fax: 
(530) 752-3085


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