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Luisa Rios-Avila, Ph.D. – Nutrition Scientist (contractor)

Luisa Rios-Avila, Ph.D., joined the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) in August 2015 as a Nutrition Scientist Consultant. She supports the ODS Nutrition and Dietary Supplement Interventions for Inborn Errors of Metabolism (NDSI-IEM) Program for which she is developing fact sheets about dietary supplement use in the management of primary mitochondrial disorders (PMD). Dr. Rios-Avila also contributes to development of a NDSI-IEM roadmap for the study of nutritional interventions in PMD.

Dr. Rios-Avila received her Ph.D. in nutritional sciences from the University of Florida where her research interest focused on vitamins in human nutrition and metabolism. As a doctoral student, she conducted a clinical study to investigate the metabolic consequences of vitamin B6 deficiency and vitamin B6 supplementation on one-carbon metabolism and tryptophan catabolism in women using oral contraceptives.

Dr. Rios-Avila received her master’s degree in nutrition from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her bachelor’s degree in bacteriology from the Javeriana University in Bogota-Colombia. She is a member of the American Society for Nutrition.