Dr. Nick Ralston
Nick received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Research from Mayo Graduate School in Rochester, MN where he studied biochemical mechanisms of disease. At Bowman Gray Medical School in Winston-Salem North Carolina, he studied stereochemistry specific reactions of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in relation to inflammation and the physiology of lipids that are unique to lysosomes. At the Human Nutrition Research Center in Grand Forks ND, he studied boron and selenium biochemistry and physiology.
14 February 2017
As a Biomedical Research Scientist, how and when did you first become interested in looking at seafood?
I was working with the Human Nutrition Research Center which studies selenium physiology and became aware of how important selenium is in brain studies. Along the way I found out that Mercury had a very high binding affinity for selenium. And pretty much the way mercury toxicity causes its problems and the things we'd expect to see if they were interfering with selenium, all lined up pretty much immediately. This was back in about 2001.