Lab Members

Knutson Lab Group Photo

Knutson Lab Group Photo

Graduate Students

Supak JenkitkasemwongSupak Jenkitkasemwong

Supak received her B.S. in Biology at the Chulalongkorn University in Thailand in 2005. Supak joined the Knuston lab in summer 2007 and received her M.S. in Nutrition in summer 2009. Her thesis focused on the iron exporter ferroportin and its expression in response to copper deficiency and iron loading using cell culture and rodent models. Supak has continued her Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences in the Knutson lab. Her research focuses on the physiologic role of ZIP14 in iron metabolism and structure-function analyses of Zip14. Supak received her Ph.D. degree in 2013.

Wei ZhangWei Zhang

Wei received his B.S. from China Agricultural University with a major in Food Quality and Safety in 2010. Due to his interest in molecular nutrition and his career goal of becoming a faculty member, he joined the Knutson lab in 2010 as a Ph.D. student in the Nutritional Science Doctoral Program. His research currently focuses on identifying mammalian iron transporters and studying iron transporters in the placenta.

Richard CoffeyRichard Coffey

Richard received his B.S. in Nutritional Science from the University of Florida in the spring of 2011. After graduation he joined the Knutson lab in pursuit of a PhD in Nutritional Science. His research interests include the mechanisms of pancreatic iron transport as well as the effects of iron deficiency and overload on the pancreatic expression of genes involved in diabetic pathology.

Kathleen Sullivan


Kathleen Sullivan

Katie received her B.S. from Cornell University with a major in Animal Science in 2004 and a Master’s of Science in Nutrition and in Animal Science from North Carolina State University in 2007. Her thesis work focused on the nutritional influences on the development of urolithiasis in giraffe and goats. After working for the next year with amino acid supplementation in the newborn pig at NCSU, she joined the Animal Nutrition Center team at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 2008. Katie is currently the Nutrition Laboratory Specialist in the Department of Animal Health. Her position includes laboratory analysis of feeds for quality control, and a wide diversity of nutritional research across species, based on practical concerns, including work with amphibians, aquatic species, and exotic browsing herbivores, both ruminant and monogastric. Katie joined the Knutson lab in August of 2012. She is a Ph.D. student in Nutritional Sciences, with research focusing on the development and mitigation of iron overload disorder in black rhinoceros held under human care.

Lizzie Paulus

Lizzie earned a B.A. in English, a B.A. in Film and Media Studies, and a B.S. in LP PicPsychology from the University of Florida in the spring of 2008; she then earned an MPhil in Film Studies at the University of Cambridge in the summer of 2009 and an MFA in Creative Writing, majoring in poetry, in the spring of 2013.  She joined the Knutson Lab in the spring of 2014 as an MS student in Food Science and Human Nutrition.  Her thesis research focuses on the effect of manganese status on the expression of metal-ion transporters in mouse liver and intestine.

Undergraduate Volunteers

Paridhie PatelParidhie Patel

Paridhie is an undergraduate student in the FSHN department with a major in nutritional sciences . She started volunteering in the Knutson lab , working with Chia-Yu, in May 2011 and will continue through her senior year. Paridhie is also a pre-dental student with plans to attend dental school in 2013. She is from Melbourne, Florida and her hobbies include tennis, basketball, traveling, cooking, playing piano, and going to the beach.

Andrew DuarteAndrew Duarte

Andrew is a 4th year undergraduate majoring in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology with specialization in exercise physiology. He started volunteering in the Knutson lab, working with Supak, in June 2011 and will continue through his senior year. Andrew is a pre-med student with plans to attend medical school in 2013. He is from Coral Springs, FL and his interests are working with animals, athletic training, and traveling.

Lizzie AkselrudLizzie Akselrud

Lizzie is an undergraduate student in the FSHN department majoring in food science and human nutrition, as well as minoring in Russian. She started volunteering in the Knutson lab , working with Wei, in August 2012 and plans to continue through her senior year. Lizzie is a pre-med student, hoping to attend medical school in 2014. She is from Coral Springs, Florida and her hobbies include tennis, running, traveling and going to the beach.

Former Lab Members

Hyeyoung NamHyeyoung Nam

Hyeyoung received her M.S. in Food Chemistry from Kon-Kuk University in South Korea in 2003. She joined the Knutson lab in fall 2005 as a Ph.D. student in the Nutritional Science Doctoral Program. She received her Ph.D. degree in 2010. During her Ph.D., she became interested in diabetes research related to iron overload disorders. Currently, she is a research fellow, working with Dr. Donald McClain in the Endocrinology Department at the University of Utah.

Ningning ZhaoNingning Zhao

Ningning Zhao received his B.S. degree in sports science and M.Ed. degree in exercise biochemistry from Beijing Sport University in China. Due to his strong interests in molecular nutrition and iron metabolism, he joined Dr. Knutson’s lab in 2006 and received his Ph.D. degree in 2010. He is now working as a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Caroline Enns at Oregon Health & Science University.

 

Joeva Barrow (formerly Joeva Hepburn)Joeva Barrow

Joeva graduated from the combined Master’s of Science and Dietetic Internship program in 2008 at the University of Florida. Her thesis work, under the guidance of Dr. Mitchell Knutson, focused on characterizing the use of a copper chaperone protein as a potential indicator for copper homeostasis. Joeva later became certified as a Registered Dietitian (RD) and is now currently working towards her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Florida.

 

Lin ZhangLin Zhang

Lin received his B.S degree in biotechnology at the Anhui Normal University in China. After graduation, he spent 5 years in the State Key Laboratory of Genetic Engineering in Shanghai as a research assistant. Lin joined the Knutson lab in summer 2010 and has been doing research on the cellular iron metabolism in hepatocytes. Lin’s project is focused on identifying molecular mechanisms that hepatocytes use to take up iron from transferrin, the iron-transport protein in plasma. Lin received his Master’s degree in summer 2012.

Chia-Yu WangChia-Yu Wang

Chia-Yu received her B.S. from National Taiwan Normal University with double majors of Nutrition and Health Education. She worked with Dr. Hiromi Gunshin for two years at UMass Amherst and joined Knutson Lab in 2008. Her research interests include the mechanisms of iron acquisition by the liver and heart and the pathophysiology of iron cardiomyopathy. Chia-Yu received her Ph.D. degree in 2012.