the complete natural environment in which a particular crop is produced, including factors such as the soil, topography, and climate.

Our studies with immune stimulating molecules have revealed a modular exchange of carbohydrates and lipids occurring between the kingdoms of life that impacts human health. Conduits of molecular exchange exist at many levels of food and beverage production and consumption – from microbes in soil, to the food we consume and within our own microbiome.  Current research in our lab seeks to correlate the health attributes of food and beverages with this microscopic molecular exchange economy. We are especially interested in characterizing the chemical exchange of sterol glycosides between Camellia sinensis, humans and their associated microbiota.

The Projects:

Natural Product Isolation and Detection of Glycolipids in Tea

Studies in the Synthesis of Silylated Sugars

Correlation of Sensory Analysis and Chemical Structure to the Health Attributes of Tea