Nutrition and Food Studies Research:
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Human Nutrition Assessment Lab

The Human Nutrition Assessment Lab was established in 2014 to create a teaching environment and to serve as a resource for clinical research investigations dedicated to human nutrition experimentation. Space is available for obtaining ethical consent and for conducting surveys and counselling sessions. The lab is located in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies’ office in Fairfax city.

The equipment available for use includes dietary analysis software, a QUARK metabolic cart, and a dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) machine. Learn more about the lab.

Metabolic Cart

Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study Wet Lab

The Nutrition and Food Studies wet lab is located in the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study on the Fairfax Campus. It is a biosafety level 2 lab, providing space for cell culture work and basic food chemistry studies. The lab’s equipment includes three biosafety cabinets, a CO2 incubator, an inverted light microscope, a multi-mode plate reader, a spectrophotometer, and liquid nitrogen storage of cells. Shared laboratory facilities within the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study provide the opportunity to perform molecular biology techniques and confocal microscopy. Learn more about the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study.

Student examines sample in wet lab

Shared Research Instrumentation Facility

The Shared Research Instrumentation Facility (SRIF) provides state-of-the-art, high-tech analytical instruments for conducting applied scientific research in the chemical and biochemical fields. SRIF’s selection of computer-controlled equipment is of the same high caliber as those found in advanced commercial and governmental laboratories. Chromatography equipment for food composition analysis is available through the Shared Research Instrumentation Facility, which is located on Mason’s Science and Technology campus. Learn more about SRIF.