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Susan Edgar Helm Faculty Profile

Susan Edgar Helm

Professor of Nutritional Science
Director of Didactic Program in Dietetics
Student Advisor A-M
Natural Science Division, Seaver College
RAC 111


  • FAND, Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • PhD, University of California, Davis (Physiological Chemistry)
  • MS, Texas A & M University (Clinical Nutrition)
  • RDN, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (1986)
  • BS, Cornell University (Nutritional Biochemistry)


  • Tuska, R.M., Helm, S.M., Graf, C.F., James, C., Kong, G., Stiemsma, L.T., Green, D.B., and S.E. Helm. (2022) Surfeit folic acid protein, and exercise modify oncogenic inflammatory biomarkers and fecal microbiota. Frontiers in Nutrition: Nutrition and Microbes. vol 9. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnut.2022.1060212 

  • Helm, S. E., Blayney, M., Whited, T., Norrozi, M., Lin, S., Kern, S., Green, D. and A. Salehi. Deleterious effects of chronic folic acid deficiency in the Ts65Dn mouse model of Down Syndrome. Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience. (2017) 11(161):1-9.
  • Helm, S.E., Blayney, M. Whited, T., Lin, S., Kern, S., Averill, A., Crawford, K. and D. Green. Understanding the influence of dietary folic acid as a biomarker of Down Syndrome with measurement of key regulatory enzymes and metabolites in the methylation pathways of folate synthesis, using a cognitive mouse model Ts65Dn. Journal of Nutrition and Food Science. (2016) 6:3(Suppl):74.
  • Helm, S. E., Murrie, M., Griffin, B., and D. Chen Maynard. A telenovela: La Guia mas sans de Comida Rapida./Ventura Diet and Nutrition Education DVD project. (2013).
  • Edgar (Helm), S., Kirk, C.A., Rogers, Q.R. and J.G. Morris. Taurine status in cats is not maintained by dietary cysteinsulphinic acid. (1998) Journal of Nutrition. 128:751-757.
  • Edgar (Helm), S., Hickman, M.A., Marsden, M.A., Morris, J.G. and Q.R. Rogers. Dietary cysteic acid serves as a precursor of taurine for cats. (1994) Journal of Nutrition. 124:103-109.
  • Edgar (Helm), S., Morris, J.G., and M.A. Hickman. In vivo conversion of cysteic acid to taurine in the cat. (1991) Journal of Nutrition. 121:S183-184.
  • Kubena, K.S., Edgar (Helm), S., and J.R. Veltman. Growth and development in rats and deficiency of magnesium and pyridoxine. (1988) Journal of the American College of Nutrition. 7:317-324.
  • Herbert, D. and Nylda Gemple Research Award, Neuroscience and Nutrition ($5,000)
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation National Award
    • Woodsen-Claiyssen Foundation Award ($75,000)
  • A Telenovela DVD: Nutrition Education and Diabetes Prevention
    • National Science Foundation Grant (Co-PI), QPCR instrument ($121, 635)
    • Zellmer Grant-California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (CAND) ($10,000)


  • National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
  • Honor Society of Agriculture, Gamma Sigma Delta
  • The Scientific Research Society, Sigma Xi
  • Excellence in Dietetics and Nutrition Education, 2017 CAND


  • Methyl Metabolism and Cognitive Decline (Down Syndrome and Alzheimer's Disease)
  • Translational Science and Nutrigenomics
  • Nutritional Biochemistry-Regulation of Metabolism


  • Nutrition (all levels)
  • Therapeutic Nutrition (MNT)
  • Laboratory Research
  • Research Methods and Statistics