Team Tea Terroir (T3)
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.