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Associate Professor, Department of Human Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Manitoba
Dr. Peter Eck is Associate Professor in the Department of Human Nutritional Sciences at the University of Manitoba specializing in Nutrigenomics. He obtained his PhD in Nutritional Physiology and Biochemistry from the University of Giessen, Germany. He had postdoctoral training at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH). He was principal investigator at New Zealand’s AgResearch, where he contributed substantially to the implementation of the New Zealand Nutrigenomics project. He also worked for the National Cancer Institute of the US and as a scientific consultant at the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases. He was recruited to the University of Manitoba in late 2009. He investigates the influence of bioactives and genetic variations on membrane transporter proteins.
Peter Eck works in the Field of Nutrigenomics/Nutrigenetics, determining how the distributions and metabolisms of dietary components are influenced by an individual’s genetic background. These so called gene-diet interactions are associated with some of the most detrimental chronic diseases, such as inflammation, cardiovascular syndromes and cancer. Dr. Eck recently associated genetic variations of several membrane transporter genes encoding for vitamin C and cation transporters (SLC23A1, SLC22A23, SLC22A4, SLC22A5 and SLC2A14) with inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Eck applies state of the art genetics and genomics technologies such as real time PCR, gene microarrays, and targeted re-sequencing to determine and characterize genetic variations in individuals and populations. He emphasizes on the validations of genetic findings in appropriate biological model systems and humans.