Shannon Kelleher


“Let food be thy medicine”….Hippocrates.

Research in the Kelleher Lab is focused on understanding the molecular interaction between diet, genetics, and environmental exposures on human health and risk for disease. OurĀ  research utilizes studies in cultured cells and transgenic mouse models to understand the molecular mechanisms that integrate micronutrient metabolism with genetics, cell biology, and physiology.

Current projects in our lab focuses on 1) the role and regulation of zinc transport in breast and intestinal cells; 2) identification and analysis of genetic variants (functional genomics) that impact zinc transport in breast and intestinal cells; 3) effects of common environmental contaminants on breast and intestinal cell function; and 4) the development of novel strategies to identify and address breast and gastrointestinal disease.