I am recognized as a global leader in fatty acid and lipid analysis and in understanding how dietary fatty acid intake impacts blood and tissue fatty acid composition. I am also a pioneer in understanding sex differences in fatty acid metabolism. My research engages academic, industry, and government collaborators to meet the following objectives: 1) developing and applying innovative lipidomic methods; 2) exploring the use of complex fatty acyl lipid species as blood biomarkers of diet and metabolic phenotyping; and 3) enhancing the understanding the metabolic adaptations that occur during pregnancy to meet fetal lipid demands.
Graduate supervision and student opportunities
- Research volunteer
- Undergraduate thesis
- MSc thesis
- PhD thesis
- Postdoctoral fellowship
Please email me to discuss current available opportunities.
Teaching, expertise, tools and technologies
Nutrition, dietary intake assessment, fatty acid and lipid metabolism, analytical biochemistry
Human intervention, rodent models and cell culture
Gas chromatography w/ mass spectrometry and/or flame ionization detection, ultra-high performance liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry (quadrupole-orbitrap, quadrupole time of flight), gene expression (mRNA and immunoblot)
KIN 217: Human Biochemistry
KIN 704: Bioactive Lipids
Hons BSc Human Biology, University of Toronto
MSc Human Biology and Nutritional Science, University of Guelph
PhD Human Biology and Nutritional Science, University of Guelph
Postdoctoral Fellow, Membrane Biochemistry and Biophysics, National Institutes of Health
See Google Scholar for full list of publications.
Bisgaard H, Stokholm J, Chawes BL, Vissing NH, Bjarnadóttir E, Schoos AM, Wolsk HM, Pedersen TM, Vinding RK, Thorsteinsdóttir S, Følsgaard NV, Fink NR, Thorsen J, Pedersen AG, Waage J, Rasmussen MA, Stark KD, Olsen SF, Bønnelykke K. Fish Oil-Derived Fatty Acids in Pregnancy and Wheeze and Asthma in Offspring. N Engl J Med. 2016 Dec 29;375(26):2530-9
Stark KD, Van Elswyk ME, Higgins MR, Weatherford CA, Salem N Jr. Global survey of the omega-3 fatty acids, docosahexaenoic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid in the blood stream of healthy adults. Prog Lipid Res. 2016 Jul;63:132-52.