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Betty J. Burri

Betty J. Burri

  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Nutrition
  • USDA ARS Western Human Nutrition Research Center Scientist


(530) 752-4748



  • Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, University of California, San Diego

Research Interests

Dr. Burri's laboratory focuses on two areas of research: 1) Research in the metabolism, function, and health maintenance properties of carotenoids; and 2) Developing and optimizing food-based interventions for improving vitamin A status.

Dr. Burri's basic areas of research on carotenoids include: (1) to determine the absorption, bioaccessibility and metabolism of carotenoids such as beta-cryptoxanthin, lycopene, and vitamin A; and (2) to investigate the mechanisms of carotenoids that are responsible for their health maintenance properties. Dr. Burri's applied research projects include investigating the impact of orange-fleshed sweet potatoes, mandarin oranges, and biofortified staple foods on carotenoid and vitamin A concentrations in humans.

Selected Publications

  • Burri, B. J., Neidlinger, T. R., Clifford, A. J.  Serum carotenoid depletion follows first order kinetics in healthy adult women fed naturally low carotenoid diets. J. Nutr. 131:2096-2100. 2001.
  • Hickenbottom, S., Deuker, S. R., Burri, B. J., Lin, Y. M., Neidlinger, T. R., Clifford, A. J. Variability of conversion of beta-carotene to vitamin A in men as measured by using a double-isotope tracer design. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 75: 900-907. 2002.
  • Buhman, K. K., Smith, S. J., Stone, S. J , Repa, J. J., Wong, J. S., Knapp, F. F. Jr., Burri, B., J., Hamilton, R. L., Abumrad, N. A., Farese, R. V. Jr. DGAT1 is not essential for intestinal triacylglycerol absorption or chylomicron synthesis. J. Biol. Chem. 277: 25474-25479.  2002.  
  • Burri, B. J., Neidlinger, T. R. Dietary intakes and serum concentrations of vitamin E and total carotenoids of healthy people with severe physical disabilities are lower than matched controls. J Am. Dietet. Assoc. 102:1804-1806. 2002.
  • Burri, B. J. Lycopene and human health, in Phytonutrients in health and disease, Meskin, M. S., Bidlack, W. R., Davies, A. J., and Omaye, S. T., eds.  CRC Press; Boca Raton, Chapter 11, pp 157-172. 2002.
  • Burri, B. J., Dopler-Nelson, M., Neidlinger, T. R. Measurements of the major isoforms of vitamins A and E and carotenoids in the blood of people with spinal-cord injuries. J. Chromatogr. A. 987:359-366. 2003.
  • Burri, B. J., Clifford, A. J., Carotenoid and retinoid metabolism: Insights from isotope research.  Arch. Biochem. Biophys.  430:110-119. 2004.
  • Lowe, N. M., Woodhouse, L. R., Sutherland, B., Shames, D. M., Burri, B. J., Abrams, S. A., Turnlund, J. R., Jackson,  M. J., King,  J. C.  Kinetic parameters and plasma zinc concentrations correlate well with net loss and gain of zinc from men. J. Nutr. 134: 2178-2181.  2004.
  • Seo, J. S., Yong, K. M., Kim, J. M., Min, H., Kim, C. S., Burri, B. J.  Effect of chronic alcohol consumption on plasma lipid and lipid soluble antioxidants vitamins in Korean alcoholics.  Nutr. Res. 24: 959-968. 2004.
  • Seo, J. S., Lee, K. S., Jong,  J. H., Quan, Z., Yang, K. M., Burri B.J.  The Effect of dietary supplementation of beta-carotene on lipid metabolism in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats.  Nutr. Res. 24: 1011-1021. 2004.
  • Seo, J. S., Burri, B. J., Quan, Z. and Neidlinger, T. R.  Extraction and chromatography of carotenoids from pumpkin.  J. Chromatogra. A 1073:371-375. 2005.
  • Yen, C.-L. E., Monetti, M., Burri, B. J. and Farese Jr., R. V. Acyl CoA-diacylglycerol acyltransferase 1, an enzyme that catalyzes triacylglycerol biosynthesis, also catalyzes the synthesis of diacylglycerols, wax esters, and retinyl esters. J. Lipid Res. 46:1502-1511. 2005.
  • Min, H., Im, E. S., Seo, J. S., Mun, J. A., Burri, B. J.  Effects of chronic ethanol ingestion and folate deficiency on the activity of 10-formyltetrahydrofolate dehydrogenase in rat liver. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 29: 2188-2193. 2005.
  • Getachew, G., Kim, S. H., Burri, B. J., Kelly, P. B., Haack, K. W., Ognibene, T., Buchholz, B. A., Vogel, J. S., Modrow, J., Clifford, A. J. How to convert biological carbon into graphite for AMS. Radiocarbon. 48:325-336. 2006.
  • De Moura, F. F., Burri, B. J., Clifford, A. J. Accelerator mass spectrometry in the study of vitamin and mineral metabolism in humans. In: Handbook of Vitamins, 4th ed., Rucker, R. R. ed., Taylor and Francis Pub., New York, NY, USA.  Pp. 445-457. 2007. 
  • Ishida, B. K., Burri, B. J., Roberts, J. H., Chapman, M. H. Processing tangerine tomatoes. Effects on lycopene-isomer concentrations and profile. J. Food Sci. 72:C307-C312. 2007.
  • Burri, B. J.  Analysis of vitamin E by HPLC, in Encyclopedia of Vitamin E, V. Preedy, R. R. Wilson, Eds., CAB Internat., London, UK.  Pp 172-181. 2008. 
  • Ho, C. C., de Moura, F. F., Kim, S. H., Burri, B. J., Clifford, A. J. A minute dose of 14C-ß-carotene is absorbed and converted into retinoids in humans.  J. Nutr. 139:1480-6. 2009.
  • Burri, B. J., Chapman, M. A., Neidlinger, T. R., Seo, J. S., Ishida, B. K. Cis-lycopene and trans-lycopene absorption in healthy adult humans fed red and Tangerine tomato-based Tangerine tomato based chili.  Internat. J. Food Sci. Nutr. 60:S1-16. 2009.
  • Burri, B. J., Nguyen, T., Neidlinger, T. R. Absorption estimates improve the validity of the relationship between dietary and serum lycopene. Nutrition. 26:82-9. 2010. 
  • Burri, B. J., Chang, J. S. T., Neidlinger, T. R. Beta-cryptoxanthin- and alpha-carotene-rich foods have greater apparent bioavailability than beta-carotene-rich foods in Western diets. Brit. J. Nutr. 105:212-219. 2011.
  • Burri, B.J. Evaluating sweet potato as an intervention food to prevent vitamin A deficiency.  Comp. Rev. Food Sci. Food Safety 10:118-130. 2011.
  • Burri, B. J., Turner, T. Evaluating the effectiveness of beta-carotene-rich food interventions for improving vitamin A status. In: Encyclopedia of Vitamin Research. Mayer, J.T. Ed. Nova Biomed. Pub., Haupergne NY, USA. Pp. 263-281. 2011.
  • Turner, T., Burri, B.J. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A. AgroFOOD Industry Hi-Tech. 22:14-16. 2011.
  • Burri, B. J., Chang, J. S. T., Turner, T. Citrus can help prevent vitamin A deficiency in developing countries. Cal Ag. 65:130-135. 2011.