Kristi CroweA famous quote by Hippocrates fueled Kristi Crowe’s passion to understand the role of bioactive food compounds in maintaining health and mitigating chronic disease. 

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” ― Hippocrates. 

“With my research focus, I am always in pursuit of a better understanding of the truth within this ancient quote,” said Crowe, Ph.D., RD, LD.

Crowe earned her Dietetic Internship in the Department of Nutrition Sciences at UAB in 2010. She has an interesting dual research background in food chemistry and nutrition.

“This is an incredibly advantageous pairing of disciplines related to dietary composition and its effects on health, wellness, and the management of chronic disease,” said Crowe.  “Few scientists have this dual training and expertise in functional foods, food product development, food analysis, and nutritional biochemistry.”

As an assistant professor at the University of Alabama, she has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals on the topics of analytical method development, food chemistry and composition, and nutrition.  Crowe has also presented her research at numerous national and international conferences. Right now, she’s the lead investigator on a funded-study assessing the relationship between total dietary antioxidant intake and biomarkers of inflammation.

“My colleague and I are in the process of submitting a proposal to the Cuban Ministry of Health to comparatively assess maternal nutritional status, specifically dietary antioxidant intake, and birth weight outcomes between Cuba and Alabama,” said Crowe.

Whether it’s teaching her own students, Crowe says one will become a better professional if you comprehend your course work from the beginning.

“Do not engage in rote memorization or learning to ‘get through’ school,” said Crowe. “Getting through is not the goal and the ‘cram and dump’ syndrome will never produce for you.  Let understanding and application be the goals.”