Ken Stark

A-HA Research Scientist

Ken Stark, Ph.D.
Canada Research Chair in Nutritional Lipidomics
Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology
University of Waterloo
Phone: (519) 888-4567 ext. 37738


Ken Stark is a Canada Research Chair in Nutritional Lipidomics and an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology. He received his B.Sc. (Honours) from the University of Toronto and his Ph.D. from the University of Guelph. Prior to coming to Waterloo, he completed at post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Stark has over 40 peer reviewed publications and is noted for the development of fast analytical methods to determine the fatty acid composition of blood samples for diet and health assessment and for improving our understanding of sex differences in fatty acid metabolism. His work has been recognized by the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids and the American Oil Chemists’ Society. He collaborates in several clinical research studies in Canada and internationally, including studies in Denmark, Cambodia and Uganda.

Dr. Stark’s research is can be divided into three major themes:

  1. The development of high throughput methods for fatty acid research and clinical assessment.
  2. The metabolism of polyunsaturated fatty acids, particularly the impact of gender and sex on DHA (22:6n-3).
  3. Dietary strategies to increase the intakes of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and the impact of dietary interventions on health.

Learn more about Ken Stark on the University of Waterloo website.


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