Heather Rasmussen is experienced as a researcher and registered dietitian nutritionist in the area of how dietary intake impacts the gastrointestinal tract. For Rasmussen, not only is dietary intake central to the health of the gastrointestinal tract but also to the heath of the entire individual. She says that through dietary modulation of gut microbiota, microbial metobolites, and intestinal permeability, we may be able to identify additional means by which we can improve our overall health. She is specially interested in how supplements such as prebiotics can modify both gastrointestinal symptoms and markers of intestinal health in humans.
Rasmussen is assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). Prior to joining the UNL department, she was associate professor in the Department of Clinical Nutrition at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.
Ph.D. in Molecular Nutrition, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2008
M.S. in Nutritional Biochemistry, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2005
B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2001