Ezra Mutai, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Food and Nutrition

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Ezra K. Mutai is an Assistant Professor of Food and Nutrition at the White Lodging School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, College of Business at Purdue University Northwest.

Research Overview

Mutai’s research interests include understanding the role of bioactive food compounds in health and diseases, as well as how diet influences the gut microbes and human health. His long-term research goal is to develop targeted dietary interventions for disease prevention and/or treatment of obesity-related diseases. His research has been published in top peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Select Publications

Mutai, E., Ramer-Tait, A. E., & Zempleni, J. (2020). MicroRNAs in bovine milk exosomes are bioavailable in humans but do not elicit a robust pro-inflammatory cytokine response. BMC ExRNA, 2(1), 1-9.

Zempleni, J., Sukreet, S., Zhou, F., Wu, D., & Mutai, E. (2019). Milk-derived exosomes and metabolic regulation. Annual review of animal biosciences, 7, 245-262.

Manca, S., Upadhyaya, B., Mutai, E., Desaulniers, A. T., Cederberg, R. A., White, B. R., & Zempleni, J. (2018). Milk exosomes are bioavailable and distinct microRNA cargos have unique tissue distribution patterns. Scientific Reports, 8(1), 11321.

Teaching Focus

Mutai’s teaching focuses include Essentials of Nutrition, Food Safety, Sanitation and Health. His goal as a teacher is to emphasize the relevance and usefulness of the course material for understanding the real world situations. He hopes that his students come to see the course concepts as part of a toolkit for navigating the world so that learning extends beyond the classroom.

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(219) 989-2615


Office Location:

Hammond, HTMB 131


  • Postdoctoral Teaching & Research Fellowship- Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • Ph.D. – Nutritional Science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • M.S. – Food Science, Alabama A&M University
  • B.S. – Biology, Livingstone College, Salisbury, NC

Areas of Expertise

  • Bioactive Food Compounds
  • Epigenetics
  • Gut Microbes and Health
  • Nutrigenomics