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Lisa Ryan; Ph.D.

Dr Lisa Ryan currently is a faculty member in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences at Monash University as a Senior Lecturer. She is a Registered Nutritionist (RNutr) who came to Monash University from Oxford Brookes University in the UK where she was Operations Director of the 1st UK research centre dedicated to Functional Foods. Her work was particularly focused on the role of phytochemicals in human health. Dr. Ryan¹s research has included determination of the antioxidant profile and polyphenol content of different fruits and vegetables, analysis of the effect of food processing on antioxidant and polyphenol stability, the bioaccessibility and bioavailability of phytochemicals from the food matrix, and quantification of pigment concentrations via HPLC analysis. Her research interests include the effects of nutrients on cell signaling pathways, the role of oxidative stress in human health and exercise, the ability of phytochemicals (with a particular focus on polyphenols) to protect against cell damage and to modulate metabolic outcomes, the bioavailability of phytochemicals and the potential role of phytochemicals as functional food ingredients. Dr. Ryan is well published and some selected publications include: Wootton-Beard PC and Ryan L. Improving public health?: The role of antioxidant-rich fruit and vegetable beverages Food Res Int 2011; doi:10.1016/j.foodres.2011.09.015; Ryan L, Thondre PS and Henry CJK. (2011). Oat-based breakfast cereals are a rich source of polyphenols and high in antioxidant potential. J Food Comp Anal 2011; 24, 929-934; and Wootton-Beard PC, Moran A and Ryan L. (2011). Her conference abstracts include: Thondre PS, Ryan L and Henry J. Influence of polyphenols on in vitro starch digestibility of oat porridges. Proc Nut Soc 2011; 70, E138; Ryan L and Carolan S. (2011). Determination of the total antioxidant capacity and total polyhenol content of commercially available green tea. Proc Nut Soc 2011; 70, E139; and Wootton-Beard PC and Ryan L. A beetroot juice shot is a significant and convenient source of bioaccessible antioxidants. Proc Nut Soc 2011; 70, E135. Dr. Ryan holds a doctorate degree with first class honours in nutritional sciences from University College Cork, Cork City, Ireland. Her doctorate degree in nutrition focuses on the Œdetermination of the cell signaling pathway involved in cholesterol-oxide-induced apoptosis¹ which examined the role of oxidative stress in apoptotic cell death and the ability of antioxidants to attenuate such effects. She is a Registered Nutritionist.


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