The O'Brien Laboratory is located in room 261 and 262 of the Human Metabolic Research Unit ( HMRU) in Martha Van Rensselaer Hall on the Cornell Ithaca campus.

Our main research interests in the laboratory focus on mineral dynamics with an emphasis on pediatric and pregnant populations. To undertake our research projects many of our studies utilize stable mineral isotopes as tracers. These tracers are measured using mass spectrometric instrumentation for high-sensitivity isotopic analyses. Our lab performs these analyses on a state of the art Thermoquest Triton TI magnetic sector thermal ionization mass spectrometer. Analytical services are also provided through collaboration with other academic institutions in the country. For more details, visit our Research and Information sections.

Lab Kudos:

  • Katie Delaney was put on the laboratory's NIH Training Grant.

Lab Alums Update:

  • Dr. Christine Akoh is studying at NYU medical school since Fall 2018.

  • Dr. Cora Best received her PhD in Nutritional Sciences and is now starting a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Andy Hoofnagle at University of Washington Medicine in Seattle.

  • Carrie Thomas is currently an Assistant Professor at Regis College.

  • Dr. Yuan Ru is now a postdoctoral associate at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China.

  • Dr. Corrie Whisner is currently an assistant professor at Arizona State University.

For Current Members in the O'Brien Laboratory:

Lab Meetings: Tuesdays at 9 am in the HMRU in MVR

Upcoming Due Dates

Nutrition 2019 - American Society for Nutrition's Annual Meeting

The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research

International Federation of Placenta Associations

American Society of Hematology
ASH offers premier educational and scientific meetings and workshops for hematology professionals worldwide. Upcoming ASH meetings.

Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
USDOHaD Conference

International BioIron Society:  The 9th Congress of the International BioIron Society will take place in 2021.

For prospective graduate students interested in the Graduate Study in Nutrition program at Cornell, please visit: Graduate Studies