Endowed Chair and Director, Linus Pauling Institute
University Distinguished Professor, College of Public Health and Human Sciences

Contact Information
305 LPSC
541-737-9559 / 541-737-6914 (fax)
[email protected]

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


Emily Ho, PhD is the Director of the Linus Pauling Institute and professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University.  Her research focuses on understanding the mechanisms by which nutrient status and healthy foods affect the initiation and/or progression of chronic diseases such as cancer. 

Her work has helped drive dietary requirements and recommendations for micronutrients such as zinc for communities with susceptibility to poor nutrition.  An important strength to her approach in her research is maintaining a mechanistic focus on diet/environment interactions, and encouraging to work in multi-disciplinary teams to facilitate the translation of cellular mechanistic studies to impact human populations. 

Prior to becoming director of the LPI, she was the Endowed Director of the Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Prevention in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences.  Dr. Ho obtained her BS in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, obtained her doctorate in Nutrition Sciences at Ohio State University in 2000. 

After a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley, she joined the nutrition faculty at Oregon State University in 2003.  As faculty and leader at Oregon State University, she has a strong commitment to engaging and facilitating multi-directional translational research projects with basic scientists, clinicians, policy-makers and communities, and involving experiential learning with students and postdoctoral researchers. 

Selected Publications

Zhang, Zhenzhen; Garzotto, Mark; Davis, Edward W.; et al. (2020) Sulforaphane Bioavailability and Chemopreventive Activity in Men Presenting for Biopsy of the Prostate Gland: A Randomized Controlled TrialNutr Cancer. 72: 1.

Housley, Lauren; Magana, Armando Alcazar; Hsu, Anna; et al. (2018) Untargeted Metabolomic Screen Reveals Changes in Human Plasma Metabolite Profiles Following Consumption of Fresh Broccoli Sprouts. Mol Nutr Food Res. 62: 19.

Beaver, Laura M.; Kuintzle, Rachael; Buchanan, Alex; et al. (2017) Long noncoding RNAs and sulforaphane: a target for chemoprevention and suppression of prostate cancerJ Nutr Biochem. 42. 

Wong, Carmen P. and Ho, Emily (2012) Zinc and its role in age-related inflammation and immune dysfunctionMol Nutr Food Res. 56:1.

Bowman, Gene L.; Shannon, Jackilen; Ho, Emily; et al. (2011) Reliability and Validity of Food Frequency Questionnaire and Nutrient Biomarkers in Elders With and Without Mild Cognitive Impairment. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 25: 1.

Wong, Carmen P.; Nguyen, Linda P.; Noh, Sang K.; et al. (2011) Induction of regulatory T cells by green tea polyphenol EGCGImmunol Lett. 139:1-2. 


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