|Research Assistant Professor
Department of Nutrition
REACH NC (Collexis) Research Profile
|1993||Boston University||PhD, Pathology|
|1983||Brandeis University||BA, Biochemistry|
Dr. da Costa is a nutritional biochemist whose research interests include choline as it is related to human health and the importance of folate in choline metabolism. She manages clinical studies that examine the requirement for choline and identifies the genetic and other reasons that people differ in metabolism, designs animal experiments to complement human studies and develops assays using chromatography, stable isotopes and molecular biology techniques. Other professional experience has included research on signal transduction, specifically addressing the role of protein kinase C in biological processes. Dr. da Costa has authored numerous peer-reviewed research papers. She was the recipient of the Delta Omega Faculty Award (2010), the Patricia Roberts Harris Fellowship (1988–1991) and the Hubert H. Humphrey Cancer Research Fellowship (1989). Dr. da Costa is a member of the American Society for Nutrition.