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Assistant Professor
Clinical Nutrition
College of Health Sciences
1700 W. Van Buren St.
Triangle Office Building
Suite 425
Chicago, IL 60612

(312) 942-4401
(312) 942-5203
BS, MS, PhD at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Dietetic internship at Mayo Clinic - Rochester

Heather E. Rasmussen, PhD, RD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Nutrition at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois. She received her undergraduate degree in dietetics, master’s degree in nutritional biochemistry and doctorate in molecular nutrition, all from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She completed her dietetic internship to become a registered dietitian at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Rasmussen joined RUMC in 2009, and currently teaches master’s-level human metabolism courses and conducts research on the metabolic interplay between dietary compounds, gut microbiota and metabolic disease risk factors. She has recently received federal funding and is currently involved with several clinical trials examining the impact of dietary supplementation on gut health. In addition, Rasmussen is the nutrition director of the Heart Center for Women and provides nutrition counseling for those at risk for and with established heart disease.  
Tangney CC, Rasmussen HE. Polyphenols, Inflammation, and Cardiovascular Disease. Curr Atheroscler Rep. 2013;15:324.
Andrews A. Gregoire M, Rasmussen HE, Witowich G. Comparison of recycling outcomes in three types of recycling collection units. Waste Management. 2013;33:530. PMID: 23063307
Habschmidt M, Bacon C, Gregoire M, Rasmussen HE. The Medical Nutrition Therapy Provided to Adult Patients Undergoing Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation. JPEN. 2012. 27:655-60. PMID: 22898745
Ehlers SJ, Larson SM, Rasmussen HE, Park YK, Lee JY. High-density lipoprotein metabolismin human apolipoprotein B100 transgenic/brown adipose tissue deficient mice, a model of obesity-induced hyperinsulinemia. Appl Physiol, Nutr and Metab. 2011;36:313-22. PMID: 21574779
Ku CS, Rasmussen HE, Park YK, Jesch ED, Lee LY. Unsaturated fatty acids repress the expression of ATP-binding cassette transporter A1 in HepG2 and FHs 74 Int cells. Nutr Res. 2011;31:278-285. PMID: 21530801
Rasmussen HE, Ku CS, Park YK, Blobaum KR, Jesch ED, Lee JY. Hypocholesterolemic effect of Nostoc commun var.sphaeroides Kützing, an edible blue-green alga. Eur J Nutr. 2009;48:387-94. PMID:19404563
Rasmussen HE, Martinez I, Lee JY, Walter J. Alteration of the gastrointestinal microbiota of mice by edible blue-green algae. J Appl Microbiol. 2009;107:1108-18. PMID:19486425.
Rasmussen HE, Blobaum KR, Park YK, Ehlers SJ, Lu F, Lee JY. Lipid extract of Nostoc
commune var. sphaeroides Kützing, a blue-green alga, inhibits the activation of sterol regulatory element binding proteins in HepG2 cells. J Nutr. 2008:138:476-481. PMID:18287352.
Park YK, Rasmussen HE, Ehlers SJ, Blobaum KR, Lu F, Schlegel VL, Carr TP, Lee JY Repression of proinflammatory gene expression by lipid extract of Nostoc commune var sphaeroides Kutzing, a blue-green alga, via inhibition of nuclear receptor-kappaB in RAW 264.7 macrophages. Nutr Res. 2008:28:83-91. PMID:19083393
Guderian DM, Rasmussen HE, Wray CA, Dussault PH, Carr TP. Cholesterol-lowering properties of plant sterols esterified with beef tallow fatty acids in hamsters. Nutr Res. 2007:27:283-288.
NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases SBIR Phase II Title: Use of a Novel Prebiotic Fiber for Targeted Dietary Management of Irritable Bowel
·         PI: Mark Cisneros, PhD; Ece Mutlu, MD; Co-I: Heather Rasmussen, PhD, RD, Ali Keshavarzian, MD
·         July 2013 - July 2015
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Agriculture and Food Research Initiative
  • Title: Enhancing persistence, metabolic activity, and functionality of probiotic bifidobacteria by a rational synbiotic approach
  • PI:  Jens Walter, PhD; Co-PI: Robert Hutkins, PhD; Co-PI: Heather Rasmussen, PhD, RD; Co-PI Ali Keshavarzian, MD
  • January 2012-January 2015
Rush Research Mentoring Program Award
Outstanding research productivity and participation in RRMP
College of Health Sciences Seed Grant 2012 - 2013
Alterations in Lipid Metabolism Mediated by Circadian Rhythm Disruption
College of Health Sciences Seed Grant 2009 - 2010
The role of gut microbiota in the LDL cholesterol-lowering effect of plant sterol esters
College of Health Sciences Seed Grant 2010 - 2011
Impact of Alginate-Entrapped Microspheres on Gut Microbiota and Lipid Metabolism
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