Jianghong Rao Lab In the Departments of Radiology and Chemistry

Fred Lartey, Ph.D.

Fred Lartey, Ph.D.


PhD, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

MS, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

BS, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra

Research Interests

My research experience reflects very wide and varied interests. I’ve always been interested, and worked with animals. As an undergrad, I was involved in various projects that examined the microbial load in meats in slaughterhouses and markets in Accra, Ghana. In graduate school, my research was primarily focused on nutrition, enzymology and metabolism in animals. I initially studied enzymes involved in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid metabolism (desaturases and elongases) and their role in the deposition of omega-3 fatty acids as well as the role of genetic strains of chickens in omega-3 fatty acid deposition. I then studied the activity and regulation of phenylalanine hydroxylase, the rate-limiting enzyme of phenylalanine metabolism in response to various nutritional interactions. In a previous postdoctoral period at the University of Maryland, I studied the role of DNA mismatch repair in cancer chemoprevention using various forms of selenium. My current research involves in vitro (various cells) and in vivo (nude mice) imaging of enzyme activity.


F.M. Lartey and R. E. Austic. The activity and regulation of hepatic phenylalanine hydroxylase in chickens under conditions of a phenylalanine imbalance or a phenylalanine toxicity. In Press.

F.M. Lartey and R. E. Austic (2008). Phenylalanine requirement, imbalance and excess in two week old chicks: Growth and phenylalanine hydroxylase activity. Poultry Science. 87:291–297.

R.E.Austic, K-N Hsu and F.M.Lartey. Functional food components in animal source foods: Eggs from chickens. Encyclopedia of Animal Science. In Press

R.E.Austic, K-N Hsu and F.M.Lartey (2006). Enrichment of eggs with nutrients and bioactive compounds. Proceedings of the Cornell Nutrition Conference. pp 99-114.

R.E.Austic, F.M.Lartey and K. Keshavarz (2003). Enhancing the incorporation of omega-3 fatty acids into eggs. Proceedings of the Cornell Nutrition Conference. pp. 151-157.

Honors and Awards

Kenneth L. Turk Fellowship, Department of Animal Science, Cornell University, 2000-2006.

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