Professor of Pediatrics; Chief of the Part of Developmental Vitamin – Division of Pediatrics
At Arkansas Youngsters’s Analysis Institute, Dr. Mario Ferruzzi serves because the Director of the Arkansas Youngsters’s Vitamin Heart, a partnership between USDA-Agricultural Analysis Service and ACRI with a analysis concentrate on maternal-child vitamin and bodily exercise in optimizing well being and growth. He obtained his BS in Chemistry from Duke College and Ph.D. in Meals Science and Vitamin from The Ohio State College. Earlier than coming to ACRI, Dr. Ferruzzi served as a David H. Murdock Distinguished Professor at North Carolina State College’s Crops for Human Well being Institute. Presently throughout the UAMS Division of Pediatrics, he’s a Professor and Chief of the Part of Developmental Vitamin. Dr. Ferruzzi additionally holds the Arkansas Youngsters’s Endowed Chair in Digestive Illness & Vitamin Analysis.
Dr. Ferruzzi’s analysis pursuits interface agriculture, meals, and vitamin sciences within the research of micronutrient and phytochemical bioavailability, metabolism and impression on human well being. He focuses on methods that may be leveraged to enhance meals merchandise’ dietary and useful high quality for at-risk populations. His main efforts have targeted on the characterization of plant meals, together with exploring the chemistries and functionalities of bioactive phytochemicals and micronutrients. His group has emphasised learning how meals formulation and processing impression the bioavailability, metabolism, and potential dietary and well being impacts of phytochemicals and micronutrients. Dr. Ferruzzi’s efforts have obtained constant analysis assist from federal, foundational and trade sources. His efforts embrace important worldwide meals and vitamin analysis and translational collaborations with main educational and authorities analysis facilities and establishments in Italy, Kenya, Malawi, Niger, Senegal, and South Africa.
Dr. Ferruzzi serves on the USDA’s Nationwide Agricultural Analysis, Extension, Schooling, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board offering perception into meals and agriculture analysis priorities. He additionally guides key stakeholder teams, together with meals producers and associations, on the interface of meals and vitamin sciences and growing and assessing meals merchandise. He’s an expert member of the Institute of Meals Technologists, the American Society for Vitamin, the American Chemical Society, the Institute for the Development of Meals and Vitamin Sciences, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.