Ondulla T. Toomer is a North Carolina native and graduated from North Carolina State University with a Ph.D. in Nutrition with a minor in Biotechnology in 2005. In July 2005, Toomer began a postdoctoral fellowship in the Mucosal Immunology Laboratory of Pediatric Gastroenterology at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School under the supervision of Dr. Allan Walker and Dr. Hai Ning Shi studying the immunological health benefits of probiotics in neonatal development using a murine model. Toomer completed a second postdoctoral training program at the United States Department Agriculture (USDA)/Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Beltsville MD with a research emphasis in differential gene expression in the reproductive tissues of turkey hens. Subsequently, Dr. Toomer was employed for over 7 years with the United States Food and Drug Administration-Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition as a Research Biologist with a research emphasis in the development and prevention of Pediatric Food Allergy and the identifying immunological biomarkers of food allergy using in vitro and in vivo models, and studying the effects of commensal microorganisms and/or probiotics on early (pre-weaning) immunological development. Currently, Dr. Toomer is employed with the USDA-ARS as a Research Chemist in the Market Quality and Handling Research Unit and as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, North Carolina State University, Raleigh NC with a research emphasis on identifying the chemical constituents of raw and processed peanuts that are of nutritional benefit to the American consumer, and to investigate the usefulness of peanuts and/or peanut-by-products as alternative feed ingredients within the animal feed industry.
Ph.D. Nutrition, North Carolina State University, Raleigh NC 2005
M.S. Physiology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh NC 2000
B.S. Biochemistry, North Carolina State University, Raleigh NC 1994
My research program is focused on identifying the chemical constituents of raw and processed peanuts and/or tree nuts that are of nutritional benefit to consumer, and to investigate the usefulness of peanuts and/or peanut-by-products as an alternative feed ingredient within the animal feed industry. Additionally, I am interested in examining the nutritional and health benefits of dietary supplementation with plant proteins and phenolic compounds.
1. Toomer O.T., Do A., Pereira M., and Williams K., 2015. Digestibility and Immunoreactivity of Total Shrimp Proteins using an In Vitro Digestibility Model with Pepsin and Pancreatin. Journal of Food Science. 80(7):T1633-1639.
2. Do A., Williams K., and Toomer O.T., 2015. Digestibility and Immunoreactivity of Total Bovine Whole Milk Proteins using an In Vitro Digestibility Model with Pepsin and Pancreatin. Food Chemistry. 190 (2016) 581–587.
3. Toomer O.T., Do A., Pereira M., and Williams K., 2014. Early administration of probiotic, Lactobacillus acidophilus attenuates Allergen Sensitization in Mice Treated with Ovalbumin. Immunobiology. 219 (5):367-376.
4. Toomer O.T., Do A., Pereira M., and Williams K., 2014. Early administration of probiotic, Lactobacillus acidophilus attenuates Allergen Sensitization in Mice Treated with Peanut. Immunobiology. 219(9):661-670.
5. Toomer O.T., Do A., Pereira M., and Williams K., 2013. The Effect of Simulated Gastric and Intestinal Digestion on Temporal Stability and Immunoreactivity of Peanut, Almond and Pine Nut Protein Allergens. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry; 61(24):5903–5913
6. Foye O.T., I-Fei. Huang, W.A. Walker, H.N. Shi., 2012. Early Administration of Probiotics and/or Prebiotics Attenuates Pathogen-mediated Intestinal Inflammation and Smad 7 Cell Signaling. FEMS Immunol Med Microbiol. 65(3):467-480
7. Kwegyir-Afful E.K., Foye O.T., Williams K., Luccioli S. 2012. “A Bioassay for Assessing Dose-Response Relationships in a Food Allergic Mouse Model. Abstract Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 129(2):AB175
8. Foye-Jackson, O.T, J.L. Long, L.A.Blomberg, M. Bakst, K. Becker, B. Wood, J.P. McMurtry, 2011. Oviductal expression of avidin, avidin-related protein-2, and progesterone receptor in turkey hens in relation to sperm storage: Effects of oviduct tissue type, sperm presence, and turkey line. Poultry Science. 90:1539–1547.
9. Foye, O.T, P.R. Ferket, and Z. Uni, 2009. The Effects of Intra-Amnionic Feeding of Arginine and/or
ß-Hyroxy-ß-Methylbutyrate on Jejunal Gene Expression in the Turkey Embryo and Hatchling. International Journal of Poultry Science 8(5): 437-445.
10. Foye, O.T, P.R. Ferket, and Z. Uni. 2007. The Effects of In Ovo Feeding Arginine, β-hydroxy-β-methyl-butyrate, and Protein on Jejunal Digestive and Absorptive Activity in Embryonic and Neonatal Turkey Poults. Poultry Science. 86:2343-2349
11. M. Weng, D.H. Huntley, I.F., Huang, O.T. Foye-Jackson, L. Wang, A. Sarkissian, Q. Zhou, W.A. Walker, B. Cherayil, H.N. Shi., 2007. Alternatively Activated Macrophages in Intestinal Helminth Infection: Effects on Concurrent Bacterial Colitis. Journal of Immunology. 179: 4721-4731
12. Foye-Jackson, O.T, J.L. Long, L.A.Blomberg, M. Bakst, K. Becker, B. Wood, J.P. McMurtry. 2007. Differential Gene Expression of the Vaginal and Uterovaginal Junction of Sham versus Artificially Inseminated Turkey (Meleagris Gallapovo) Hens, Pubmed NCBI-Submission of 62 Expressed Sequence Tag (EST) Records.
13. Foye, O.T and B.Black. 2006. Intestinal adaptation to diet in young domestic and wild turkey (Meleagris Gallopavo)” Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A Mol Integr Physiol. 143(2):184-192.
14. Foye, O.T, P.R. Ferket, and Z. Uni. 2006. Effect of In Ovo Feeding of Egg White Protein, HMB and carbohydrates on Glycogen Status and Neonatal Growth of Turkeys. Poultry Science. 85:1185-1192
15. Foye, O.T, P.R. Ferket, J.P. McMurtry, and Z. Uni. 2006. The Effects of Amniotic Nutrient Administration, In Ovo Feeding” of Arginine and/or HMB on Insulin-like Growth Factors, Energy Metabolism and Growth in Turkey Poults. International Journal of Poultry Science. 5(4):1-10
16. Toomer O.T., Do A., Pereira M., and Williams K., 2014. Chapter “Digestibility, Immunoreactivity and Sensitization of Peanut Proteins Using In Vivo and In Vitro Experimental Models”, Peanuts: Production, Nutritional Content and Health Implications. Nova Science Publishers. Editor Richard W. Cook. pgs. 1-29.
17. Foye, O.T, P.R. Ferket, and Z. Uni. 2007. Ontogeny of Energy and Carbohydrate Utilization of the Precocial Avian Embryo and Hatchling. Avian and Poultry Biology Reviews. 18(3): 93-101.