Richard Deckelbaum

Professor of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health
Robert R. Williams Professor of Nutrition in Pediatrics, College of Physicians and Surgeons
Director, Institute for Human Nutrition rjd20@columbia.edu

 

Dr. Deckelbaum received his B.Sc. in 1963, and his M.D. and C.M. in 1967 from McGill University. Dr. Deckelbaum's research interests concern human plasma lipoproteins, and the cellular effects of dietary fats and free fatty acids. His research has been supported by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, the US Agency for International Development, and private industry.

His work has contributed to better understanding of mechanisms whereby human lipoproteins are structurally remodeled in the plasma compartment, factors modulating receptor-lipoprotein interactions, and nutrient-gene interactions. He has also led international NIH and USAID programs integrating nutrition with risk factors of cardiovascular disease in children of different genetic backgrounds, as well as the molecular biology of intestinal parasites with clinical and epidemiological manifestations of infection, with emphasis on chronic diarrhea and malnutrition. Overall, an important objective of Dr. Deckelbaum's program is to develop investigators who can translate basic nutritional questions into basic lipid and cellular biology. His research complements a professional interest in global health, which grew out of work in the Middle East and Africa.

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