About Crystal Karakochuk


Assistant Professor, Food, Nutrition, and Health
Faculty of Land and Food Systems
University of British Columbia



Investigator, Healthy Starts, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
Member, BC Women’s Health Research Institute


Food Nutrition and Health Building
216-2205 East Mall
Vancouver BC, Canada, V6T 1Z4
Tel: +1-604-822-0421
Email: crystal.karakochuk@ubc.ca


PhD (Human Nutrition), The University of British Columbia
MSc (Nutritional Sciences), The University of Toronto
Dietetic Internship, Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre
BSc (Dietetics), The University of British Columbia

Current Research:

Dr. Crystal Karakochuk is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at UBC. Her research program focuses on the links of nutritional status and anemia, including the role of nutritional supplementation and of hemoglobinopathies in children, women, and families in Canada and globally.

Her research lab performs comprehensive measurement and interpretation of indicators of anemia (hematological and nutritional biomarkers) and genetic polymorphisms associated with hemoglobin in individuals, families, and populations. She also studies the benefits and potential harms of nutrition supplementation policies and programs designed to treat anemia, including untargeted iron and folic acid supplementation in women and children globally.

The innovative aspect of her research program is that it combines two distinct fields of research – nutrition and hematology. This unique program brings together clinicians, researchers, and policy makers to advance and apply knowledge in nutritional hematology. Dr. Karakochuk’s research program addresses two key objectives:

  • To improve diagnostic methods and investigate new biomarkers for anemia and iron deficiency for individual- and population-level assessment.
  • To evaluate the risk-benefit of Canadian and global micronutrient supplement­ation policies to advance clinical practice and to inform safe, effective nutrition therapy worldwide.

Current Teaching:

FNH 455: Applied International Nutrition

The aim of this course is to provide a critical examination of nutrition interventions in the global health context. Students are required to actively participate in discussions and to work in teams to apply learned knowledge and complete an international nutrition intervention proposal.

FNH 470/475: Foundations of Nutrition Care I & II (co-instructed with Heather Woodward)

This course focuses on the etiology and pathophysiology of and nutrition therapy for selected diseases and conditions, and skill development related to the Nutrition Care Process. The course is restricted to students in year 4 of the Dietetics Major.

HUNU 531/631: Food Nutrition and Health Graduate Seminar Series


For a list of recent publications please click here.