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Susanne Talcott

Talcott , Susanne
Susanne Talcott
Associate Professor
1500 Research Pkwy Centeq Building A, Room 220K
Undergraduate Education
B.S./M.s. in Nutrition, University of Bonn, Germany, 1998
Graduate Education
Food Science and Nutrition, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2004
Postdoctoral training, Pharmaceutics, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2006
Excellence Award for Mentoring, Nutrition and Food Science Dept, Texas A&M University, 2011
Excellence Award for Research, Nutrition and Food Science Dept, Texas A&M University, 2009
ASN Mary Swartz Rose Young Investigator Award, 2009. American Society of Nutrition
Courses Taught
FSTC/NUTR 410: Nutritional Pharmacometrics of Food Compounds
FSTC/NUTR 610: Nutritional Pharmacometrics of Food Compounds
FSCT 314: Food Analysis
NUTR/FSTC 489: Special Topics in Mediterranean Nutrition and Food processing in Italy, Summer A, even years
NUTR/FSTC 489: Special Topics in Nutrition, Health and Food Processing in Honduras, Summer B, TBD
NUTR/FSTC 489: Special Topics in Sustainable Nutrition and Food processing in Brazil, Summer A, odd years
FSTC 481 Seminar for Seniors

Research Interests

Millions of Americans consume plant based foods, including dietary supplements and functional foods with the hope of preventing or even treating inflammation and associated chronic diseases. However, limited research is investigating safety, efficacy and dosing recommendations of non-nutrient bioactive food compounds. Hence, consumers, public health care, as well as food industry, have little to no guidance related to the efficacy, safety and intake recommendations. The overall objective of our laboratory is to investigate pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of bioactive plant compounds and their metabolites and their anti-inflammatory efficacy in the reduction of risk factors for chronic degenerative diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease and their underlying molecular mechanisms. , pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics and underlying molecular mechanisms in a translational research approach (bench to bedside) of polyphenolics in fruits and vegetables in collaboration with an interdisciplinary research team. It is our long-term goal to contribute valuable information to the future development of dosing recommendation for these non-nutrient food components that meets the needs of public health care, patients and consumers, and food and dietary supplement industry.


Research Area

Dr. Susanne Talcott’s research focuses on translational pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of botanical compounds and their physiological metabolites related to inflammation, cancer prevention, and intestinal health with a focus on human clinical trials.


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  1. Noratto, G, Layosa, MA, Lage, NN, Atienza, L, Ivanov, I, Mertens-Talcott, SU et al.. Antitumor potential of dark sweet cherry sweet (Prunus avium) phenolics in suppressing xenograft tumor growth of MDA-MB-453 breast cancer cells. J. Nutr. Biochem. 2020;84 :108437. doi: 10.1016/j.jnutbio.2020.108437. PubMed PMID:32615370 .
  2. Kim, H, Venancio, VP, Fang, C, Dupont, AW, Talcott, ST, Mertens-Talcott, SU et al.. Mango (Mangifera indica L.) polyphenols reduce IL-8, GRO, and GM-SCF plasma levels and increase Lactobacillus species in a pilot study in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. Nutr Res. 2020;75 :85-94. doi: 10.1016/j.nutres.2020.01.002. PubMed PMID:32109839 .
  3. Barnes, RC, Kim, H, Mertens-Talcott, SU, Talcott, ST. Improved recovery of galloyl metabolites from mango (Mangifera indica L.) in human plasma using protein precipitation with sodium dodecyl sulfate and methanol. Food Res. Int. 2020;129 :108812. doi: 10.1016/j.foodres.2019.108812. PubMed PMID:32036936 .
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