Interdisciplinary Training

Sam Lancaster

"Correlation of Equol Production to Specific Intestinal Bacterial Groups"

Equol is a biologically active molecule that is only produced by one in three people.  It is formed by the reduction of daidzein, a biologically inert isoflavone found in soy products.  Believed to be responsible for the production of equol are intestinal bacteria capable of metabolizing daizein.  A recent study of >100 women determined which gut bacteria the subjects have and whether or not they exhibit the equol producer phenotype.  I will attempt to find associations between the equol producer phenotype and intestinal bacteria using data from this study