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Eroglu, Abdulkerim (Kerim)

Assistant Professor Kannapolis Research
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I am nutritional biochemist expertise in carotenoid metabolism in humans, protein biomarkers of micronutrient status in rural Nepalese school-aged children, and translational nutrition science. I’ve obtained my Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry from the Ohio State University in 2012. I worked on the biochemical characterization of beta-carotene and lycopene metabolites, and their role in retinoid signaling for my doctorate education. I moved from Columbus, OH to the Baltimore-Washington Metro Area for my postdoc training. I held a visiting fellow position at National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health from 2012 to 2015 in Bethesda, Maryland. I was involved in elucidating catalytic mechanism of the enzyme responsible for regenerating visual chromophore in the retinoid cycle. Then, I found out that a career in nutrition could combine my passion for biochemistry. Accordingly, I decided to get further training in Nutritional Biochemistry, and an opportunity came along at Johns Hopkins University. First, I was assigned to be a “Kagome Research Scholar” at Johns Hopkins Medicine in 2015. Kagome is a Japanese tomato juicing company, and due to my achievement in Nutritional Biochemistry at the Ohio State University, I received that scholarship to develop epigenetic drugs for reversing UV-induced nonmelanoma skin cancer. At the end of this scholarship in 2016, I decided to gain new skills in nutritional science, translational nutrition research. I was a Micronutrient Lab Manager at Center for Human Nutrition at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health between 2016 to 2018. I was involved in identifying plasma proteome for biomarkers of vitamin A, lipids, vitamin B-6, and circulating carotenoids in Nepal. I also worked on defining inflammatory and nutrient status of adolescents in Bangladesh using conventional biochemical biomarkers in Bangladesh. 


Animal Genomics and Genetics | Bioinformatics | Food Science | Biochemistry | Human Nutrition | Molecular Biology | Plant Bioactives | Structural Biology
Country(s) of experience:
Bangladesh | Nepal | Switzerland
Type(s) of International Experience:
Researcher in an international project | Speaker at an international conference
Research Focus:
My ultimate goal is to develop biomarkers linked to carotenoid metabolism and function. I am going to use animal models to unravel the bidirectional relationship between carotenoid status and inflammation/immune function and the impact of inflammation on carotenoid absorption.
English | German | Japanese | Turkish