INAP: Featured Members

Updated:Sep 4,2014


Christina Khoo, PhD, is the Director of Research Sciences, Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. in the department of Research and Development.  She joined Ocean Spray in 2007 as a Principal Scientist.

Christina received her doctorate with emphasis on nutritional biochemistry and mineral metabolism at the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department, University of Florida, under the guidance of Dr Robert Cousins. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Nutrition, where she conducted human clinical trials in the area of cholesterol and triglyceride metabolism, studying the effects of low or high fat diets on the metabolism and clearance of triglycerides using kinetic modeling. 

Prior to joining Ocean Spray, Christina was a Senior Scientist at Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. , a subsidiary of the Colgate-Palmolive Company, where she formulated functional food for companion animals to address needs associated with chronic and inflammatory diseases and gastrointestinal health using nutrigenomics research tools and functional ingredients.  Christina holds patents in these areas. 

Christina is a member of the American Society of Nutritional Sciences, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, ILSI Bioactives committee, and a board member of Produce for Better Health and National Berry Crops Initiatives. Her current research interest is focused on cranberry compounds and the whole body health benefits of the cranberries, including research programs in the areas of urinary tract, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and immune health, where she collaborates with many academic institutions globally.

Christina is married with 2 daughters, ages 8 and 11. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the beach, traveling, reading and cooking with her kids.


Dr. Lichtenstein is the Stanley N. Gershoff Professor of Nutrition Science and Policy in the Friedman School, and Director and Senior Scientist of the Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA), both at Tufts University.  She holds secondary appointments in Medicine and the Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies at Tufts Medical Center, the Department of Public Health and Family Medicine Tufts University School of Medicine, and an honorary doctoral degree from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Kuopio, Finland. At the HNRCA Dr. Lichtenstein’s research group focuses on assessing the interplay between diet and heart disease risk factors. 

Past and current work includes addressing issues related to trans fatty acids, soy protein and isoflavones, sterol/stanol esters, novel vegetable oils differing in fatty acid profile and glycemic index, primarily in postmenopausal females and older males. Additional work is focused on population basis studies to assess the relationship between nutrient biomarkers and cardiovascular disease risk.

Dr. Lichtenstein currently serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Lipid Research and Editorial Advisory Board member of the Tufts Health and Nutrition Letter. She served on the 2000 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Agriculture, and the 2003 Dietary Reference Intake Macronutrient Panel of the Institute of Medicine. In 2006 she received the Robert H. Herman Memorial Award in Clinical Nutrition from the American Society for Nutrition and in 2007 the Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Heart Association’s Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism. In 2008 Dr. Lichtenstein received the Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology Council Women’s Mentoring Award from the American Heart Association and in 2010 the Excellence in Dietary Guidance Award from the American Public Health Association.

She is a member and was past-chair of the American Heart Association Nutrition Committee. Dr. Lichtenstein served as the vice-chair of the Examination of Front-of-Package Nutrition Rating Systems and Symbols and as a member of the Sodium Intake in Populations Assessment of Evidence panels for the Institute of Medicine. She recently served as vice-chair of the 2013 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Treatment of Blood Cholesterol to Reduce Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Risk in Adults and member of the AHA/ACC Guideline on Lifestyle Management to Reduce Cardiovascular Risk. Dr. Lichtenstein now serves as vice-chair of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and member of the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine. 


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