Erin Barrett
Erin C. Barrett, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist
Chemical Regulation & Food Safety
  • Denver

Dr. Barrett has expertise in nutrition, metabolic biochemistry, and associated diseases including obesity and diabetes; clinical nutrition; sports nutrition and exercise physiology; omega-3 fatty acids; and the substantiation of health claims for ingredients in dietary supplements, and food and beverages. She has provided recommendations on the substantiation of health claims for omega-3 fatty acids and numerous health outcomes, including heart and brain health, traumatic brain injuries, and physical performance. Dr. Barrett has experience conducting systematic reviews, basic science, and clinical translational research. Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Barrett was a Scientist in the Nutrition Science & Advocacy group at DSM Nutritional Products (formally Martek Biosciences), a leader in the innovation and development of DHA Omega-3 products. In this role she developed substantiation documents and provided science-based recommendations on the substantiation of health claims for DHA, including the brain, eye, and heart health benefits of DHA through all stages of life, as well as the neuroprotective, cardiovascular/performance, and anti-inflammatory benefits of DHA for athletes.

Dr. Barrett earned a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, an M.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Georgetown University, an M.S. in Clinical Research from Indiana University, and a B.S. in Biology from Bowling Green State University. Her dissertation research focused on the etiologic pathways and metabolic consequences of obesity and Type II Diabetes, where she used an animal model to examine the function of an adipocyte signaling protein in adipose tissue formation and adipocyte metabolism. Adding a clinical translational perspective to her research, her M.S. research at Indiana University investigated the validity of adipocyte hormones as surrogate markers of subcutaneous and visceral adipose tissue content in adolescents. Dr. Barrett has authored or co-authored several research articles and reviews published in high-impact scientific peer-reviewed journals. She has also presented at numerous national and international scientific conferences, including annual meetings for the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, the American Oil Chemists’ Society, the Pediatric Academic Societies, and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Nutrition, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2007
  • M.S., Clinical Research, Indiana University, 2010
  • M.S., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Georgetown University, 2002
  • B.S., Biology, Bowling Green State University, 2001, summa cum laude
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Delta Omega, Golden Key

    Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, 2009

    The American Society for Nutrition/CARGILL Predoctoral Fellowship, 2007

    The American Society for Nutrition/Procter & Gamble Research Awards Competition, Oral presentation competition winner, 2007

    The American Society for Nutrition/Procter & Gamble Research Awards Competition, Abstract presentation competition winner, 2007

Publications

Kuratko CN, Barrett EC, Nelson EB, Salem N. The relationship of Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) with learning and behavior in healthy children: A review. Nutrients 2013 Jul; 5(7):2777–2810.

Vreeman RC, Finnell SME, Cernkovich ER, Carroll AE. The effects of antiemetics for children with vomiting due to acute, moderate gastroenteritis. Pediatric Health 2009 Aug; 3(4):337–341.

Cernkovich ER, Deng J, Bond MC, Combs TP, Harp JB. Adipocyte-specific disruption of signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) increases body weight and adiposity. Endocrinology 2008 Apr; 149(4):1581–1590.

Cernkovich ER, Deng J, Hua K, Harp JB. Midkine is an autocrine activator of STAT3 in 3T3-L1 cells. Endocrinology 2007 Apr; 148(4):1598–1604.

Periodicals

Cernkovich Barrett E. Nutrition for the brain. Training and Conditioning, March 2013; 24.

Cernkovich Barrett E. Athlete nutrition: The benefits of DHA omega-3. Training and Conditioning, September 2011; 64.

Selected Oral Presentations

Cernkovich Barrett E. Oral presentation at American Oil Chemists’ Society, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, May 2013.

Cernkovich Barrett E, Pauly J. Oral presentation at Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society (PHATs), Ft. Lauderdale, FL, June 2012.

Cernkovich Barrett E. Oral presentation at the DJO Athletic Training & Sports Medicine Seminar, San Diego, CA, June 2012.

Cernkovich Barrett E. Oral presentation at the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa) annual meeting, Orlando, FL, May 2012.

Cernkovich Barrett E. Oral presentation at the Atlanta Coast Conference (ACC) annual meeting, Greeensboro, NC, May 2012.

Cernkovich Barrett E. Oral presentation at the Pacific-12 Conference (PAC12) annual meeting, Las Vegas, NV, May 2012.

Cernkovich Barrett E. Oral presentation at the Southeastern Conference (SEC) annual meeting, Auburn, AL, April 2012.

Cernkovich Barrett E, Bailes JE. Oral presentation at the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, Atlanta, GA, April 2012.

Cernkovich Barrett E. Oral presentation at the Big Sky Athletic Training Sports Medicine Conference, Big Sky Resort, MT, January 2012.

Cernkovich Barrett E. Oral presentation to NFL’s Head, Neck and Spine Medical Committee, Columbia, MD, January 2012.

Cernkovich Barrett E. Oral presentation at Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATs), Dallas, TX, December 2011.

Cernkovich Barrett E. Oral presentation at the DJO Athletic Training & Sports Medicine Seminar, San Diego, CA, July 2011.

Cernkovich Barrett E. Oral presentation at Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society (PHATs), Scottsdale, AZ, June 2011.

Cernkovich ER. Oral presentation at the Professional Basketball Athletic Trainers Association (NBATA) annual meeting, Chicago, IL, May, 2011.

Cernkovich ER. Oral presentation at the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa) annual meeting, Kansas City, MO, May 2011.

Cernkovich ER. Oral presentation at the Southeastern Conference (SEC) annual meeting, Auburn, AL, April 2011.

Cernkovich ER. Oral presentation at the Big Sky Athletic Training Sports Medicine Conference, Big Sky Resort, MT, January 2011.

Cernkovich ER. Oral presentation at Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATs), Orlando, FL, December 2010.

Cernkovich ER. Oral presentation at IMG Academies, Bradenton, FL, December 2010.

Cernkovich ER. Oral presentation at the University Interscholastic League annual meeting, Austin, TX, October 2010.

Cernkovich ER. Function and activation of signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) in Adipose Tissue Formation and Metabolism, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, May, 2007.

Cernkovich ER, Deng J, Bond MC, Combs TP, Harp JB. Adipocyte-specific disruption of signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) increases body weight and adiposity. Paper Presented at the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, Washington, D.C., April 2007.

Cernkovich ER, Deng J, Hua K, Harp JB. Midkine is an autocrine activator of STAT3 in 3T3-L1 Cells. Presented at UNC Biochemistry Seminar Series, Chapel Hill, NC, February 2006.

Poster Presentations

Cernkovich ER, Carroll AE, Haneline LS. Prediction of visceral and subcutaneous adipose tissue from simple blood tests and simple anthropometric measurement. Poster presentation at the National Research Service Award (NRSA) Trainees Research Conference, Boston, MA, June 2010.

Cernkovich ER, Carroll AE, Haneline LS. Prediction of visceral and subcutaneous adipose tissue from simple blood tests and simple anthropometric measurement. Poster presentation at Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, Vancouver, BC, Canada, May 2010.

Cernkovich ER, Carroll AE, Haneline LS. Screening for visceral and subcutaneous adipose tissue. Poster presentation at the National Research Service Award (NRSA) Trainees Research Conference, Chicago, IL, June 2009.

Cernkovich ER, Deng J, Bond MC, Combs TP, Harp JB. Adipocyte-specific disruption of signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) increases body weight and adiposity. Poster presentation at Michael Hooker Research Center Poster Session, Chapel Hill, NC, May 2007.

Cernkovich ER, Deng J, Bond MC, Combs TP, Harp JB. Adipocyte-specific disruption of signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) increases body weight and adiposity. Poster presentation at Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, Washington, D.C., April 2007.

* Also as Cernkovich ER and Cernkovich Barrett E.


Prior Experience

Manager, Nutrition Science & Advocacy, Martek Biosciences, A Division of DSM Nutritional, 2010–2013

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Indiana University School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, 2007–2010

Predoctoral Research Assistant, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2002–2007

Research Assistant, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, 2002

Laboratory Technician, Bowling Green State University, 2000–2001

Academic Appointments

National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Nutrition Training Grant, 2004–2005

U.S. Public Health Service Training Grant, 2002–2003

Project Experience

Developed substantiation documents and provided science-based recommendations on the substantiation of health claims for the omega-3 fatty acid DHA in relation to numerous health outcomes including learning and behavior in children, dementias, traumatic brain injuries, heart health, inflammation, muscle soreness, and physical performance.

Developed substantiation documents and provided science-based recommendations on the substantiation of health claims for the probiotic Lactobacillus GG in relation to numerous health and disease outcomes including antibiotic associated diarrhea, infantile diarrhea, constipation, and colic.

Developed substantiation documents and provided science-based recommendations on the substantiation of health claims related to hot flashes, sleep disturbances, mood, and memory for ingredients, such as soy isoflavones, red clover, valerian, hops, melatonin, black cohosh, St. John’s wort, ginkgo biloba, and kava kava.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Nutrition, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2007
  • M.S., Clinical Research, Indiana University, 2010
  • M.S., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Georgetown University, 2002
  • B.S., Biology, Bowling Green State University, 2001, summa cum laude
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Delta Omega, Golden Key

    Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, 2009

    The American Society for Nutrition/CARGILL Predoctoral Fellowship, 2007

    The American Society for Nutrition/Procter & Gamble Research Awards Competition, Oral presentation competition winner, 2007

    The American Society for Nutrition/Procter & Gamble Research Awards Competition, Abstract presentation competition winner, 2007