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The Leading Scientist of Carotenoid Research
Professor Khachik began his career in the study of carotenoids in 1983. He has since discovered more than 50 types of
carotenoids in food. Also, he discovered the presence of β- cryptoxanthin in the
human body, and is the founder of its production and development.
Biography and Accomplishments
Professor Khachik received his doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology and completed postdoctoral research at the University of Maryland. Since then, Dr. Khachik’s research has resulted in identification of more than 50 carotenoids in fruits and vegetables, 34 carotenoids and 9 metabolites in human plasma and breast milk. Additionally, he has established the existence of several mechanisms by which carotenoids support overall health and well-being.
Following work at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Dr. Khachik accepted an appointment to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Maryland as senior research scientist, where he has collaborated to establish the bioavailability and metabolism of Lutein, Zeaxanthin, and Lycopene.
Collaborating with Professor Nishino and his team at Kyoto University School of Medicine, they demonstrated the importance of dietary carotenoids such as Lycopene and Lutein.
Dr. Khachik has published 63 peer reviewed articles, 18 book chapters, and been awarded 12 patents. Between 1990 to present he has presented more than 100 lectures on carotenoids at national and international conferences.
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