Alphabetical Listing of Faculty

Martha A. Belury

Martha A. Belury (Ph.D., R.D., University of Texas–Austin)

Position: Carol S. Kennedy Professor of Nutrition, Department of Human Sciences
Research Interests: Modulation of insulin sensitivity by bioactive components of the diet in conditions such as diabetes and metabolic syndrome; dietary fatty acid modulation of gene expression to regulate cellular differentiation, metabolism, and carcinogenesis; dietary modulation of signal transduction to modulate hepatic gluconeogenesis and lipid metabolism. Nutrition is central of my research, teaching, practice and outreach.


Amanda Bird

Amanda Bird (Ph.D., University of Newcastle, UK)

Position: Associate Professor, Department of Human Sciences
Research Interests: Nutrient regulation of gene expression using model organisms; identification of novel non-protein coding RNAs that have roles in nutrient homeostasis; nutrient-dependent regulation of cellular splicing.


Joshua A. Bomser

Joshua A. Bomser (Ph.D., University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign)

Position: Associate Professor, Department of Human Sciences
Research Interests: Cellular mechanisms by which dietary constituents can modulate disease risk.  Specific interests in dietary modulation of carcinogenesis and related cellular processes.


Prosper N. Boyaka

Prosper N. Boyaka (Ph.D., University Dennis Diderot, Paris, France)

Position: Professor, Department of Veterinary Biosciences
Research Interests: T helper cells differentiation; mucosal immunity; mucosal inflammation/allergy; adjuvants and vaccines.


Richard Bruno

Richard Bruno (Ph.D., RD, The Ohio State University)

Position: Professor of Human Nutrition, Department of Human Sciences; Director, Biochemical Analytical Core Laboratory

Research Interests: Phytochemical and antioxidant utilization and metabolism in relation to free radical-mediated toxicology; Defining the mechanisms regulating the bioavailability and bioactivity of phytochemicals, particularly polyphenols and vitamin E, and the mechanisms by which bioactive food components protect against oxidative stress and pro-inflammatory responses otherwise contributing to nonalcoholic steatohepatitis and cardiovascular disease.


Steven K. Clinton

Steven K. Clinton (M.D., Ph.D., University of Illinois)

Position: Professor, Division of Hematology and Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine. Program Leader, Molecular and Cellular Carcinogenesis, OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center
Research Interests: Diet and nutrition in the etiology and prevention of cancer; nutritional interventions to enhance cancer survivorship; clinical trials for the treatment of prostate and other genitourinary malignancies.


Zobedia Cruz-Monserrate

Zobedia Cruz-Monserrate (Ph.D. University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston)

Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine; Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Research Interests: My laboratory is interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms of how obesity increases the risk of developing pancreatic diseases. In particular, we study the roles of obesity, diet and exercise in the initiation, progression and prevention of pancreatic cancer, which is a deadly disease and obesity as a major risk factor.  Researchers in my laboratory use a combination of in vitro and in vivo approaches to model pancreatic malignancies in an effort to develop preventive strategies and discover biomarkers for early detection. We are particularly interested in the nutrition and metabolomics of patients with chronic pancreatitis a pancreas malignancy that predisposes patients to develop pancreatic cancer. Our long term goals are to develop novel strategies for the detection and prevention of pancreatic malignancies.

James CCC lab link http://go.osu.edu/cruz-monserrate


Konrad Dabrowski

Konrad Dabrowski (D.Sc. Agricultural University, Szczecin, Poland; Ph.D. Agriculture University, Olsztyn, Poland; M.Sc. Agriculture University, Olsztyn, Poland)

Position: Professor, School of Natural Resources
Research Interests: Nutrition of aquatic animals and comparative nutrition.


Robert DiSilvestro

Robert DiSilvestro (Ph.D., Texas A&M University)

Position: Professor, Department of Human Sciences
Research Interests: Nutritional biochemistry and clinical nutrition of minerals and antioxidant nutrients and phytochemicals, especially in regard to inflammatory aspects of disease and exercise recovery; diet plus exercise effects on body composition and bone health.


Maurice Eastridge

Maurice Eastridge (Ph.D., Purdue University)

Position: Professor, Department of Animal Sciences
Research Interests: Fat and fiber digestion in dairy cows and their effects on milk composition.


Jeffrey Firkins

Jeffrey Firkins (Ph.D., University of Illinois)

Position: Professor, Department of Animal Sciences
Research Interests: Sites of nutrient digestion in dairy cows.


Mary Fristad

Mary Fristad (Ph.D., University of Kansas)

Position: Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health and Department of Psychology
Research Interests: Examining the role of micronutrients and omega3 fatty acids in the treatment of mood disorders in youth, specifically depression, BP-NOS, and disruptive mood dysregulation disorder.


Monica Giusti

Monica Giusti (Ph.D., Oregon State University)

Position: Associate Professor, Department of Food Science and Technology
Research Interests: Functional foods and the study of non-volatile compounds in fruits and vegetables with potential health promoting properties; special interest in flavonoids and natural colorants.


Daniel Gallego-Perez

Daniel Gallego-Perez (Ph.D., The Ohio State University)

Position: Assistant Professor, Dept. of General Surgery
Research Interests:  Development of novel nano-scale platforms for transdermal/transcutaneous cargo delivery into cells/tissues. Current research has been primarily focused on delivering transcription factor genes for cell reprogramming applications.  Developing the use of nano-scale platforms to advance novel cell reprogramming-based strategies against diabetes and metabolic syndrome.


Carolyn Gunther

Carolyn Gunther (Ph.D., Purdue University)

Position:  Assistant Professor, Department of Human Sciences
Research Interests: Dr. Gunther’s research program is dedicated to discovering new knowledge surrounding one of today’s most pressing public health nutrition issues – overweight and obesity among underserved children and youth. Through observational and intervention research, her team is investigating the behavioral and environmental factors, both protective and detrimental, that influence a child’s risk for obesity. The specific research foci are: 1) family meals in low-income populations; and 2) unhealthy summer weight gain in low-income elementary-age children. Findings generated from this work have direct implications regarding federal, state, and local foods and nutrition policy and programmatic reform.”

 


Earl Harrison

Earl Harrison (Ph.D., Columbia University)

Position: Dean's Distinguished Professor of Human Nutrition, Department of Human Sciences and Ohio State Biochemisty Program
Research Interests: Transport, metabolism, and functions of retinoids (vitamin A) and carotenoids.


Irene Hatsu

Irene Hatsu (Ph.D., Florida International Univ.)

Position:  Assistant Professor, Department of Human Sciences
Research Interests: Nutrition and health consequences of food and nutrition insecurity in underserved and vulnerable populations; nutrition intervention and education for chronic disease prevention and management in vulnerable populations; nutritional and health benefits from food assistance programs.


Rachel Kopec

Rachel Kopec (Ph.D., The Ohio State University)

Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Human Sciences
Research Interests: The use of targeted LC-MS/MS and metabolomics techniques to better understand the interplay of metabolic pathways of fat soluble vitamin uptake, utilization, and excretion.  Also, the use of these techniques to study the capacity of chlorophylls to reduce the adverse impact of persistent fat-soluble environmental toxins (like those found in plastics) on human health.


Sanja Ilic

Sanja Ilic (Ph.D., The Ohio State University)

Position: Assistant Professor of Nutrition, Department of Human Sciences
Research Interests:  Microbial food safety including human pathogen bacteria E. coli, Salmonella spp. And Listeria monocytogenes. Transmission, dissemination and proliferation of bacterial pathogens. Consumer and food handler’s food safety behaviors. Food safety behaviors in high risk population (cancer patients, visually impaired, food insecure). Formal knowledge translation. Food safety education. 


Rebecca Jackson

Rebecca Jackson (M.D.)

Position: Professor, Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism, and Department of Physical Medicine
Research Interests: General endocrinology; osteoporosis; metabolic bone disease; calcium metabolism; women's health.


Shelia Jacobi

Shelia Jacobi (Ph.D., Purdue University)

Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Sciences
Research Interests: Nutritional immunology associated with neonatal gastrointestinal health and development in swine and swine models for human health. My training is in animal sciences with a focus in nutritional biochemistry and immunology particularly focusing on how dietary lipids impact inflammatory status during disease. Research through nutritional trials and molecular and cellular analysis of inflammation and intestinal microbiome sequencing.


Savita Khanna

Savita Khanna (Ph.D., University of Kuopio, Finland)

Position: Associate Professor, Department of Surgery
Research Interests: Neuroprotective properties of natural compounds, including vitamin E analogs and curcuminoids, and looking for the molecular mechanisms involved in this protective effect.


Bill Kraemer

Bill Kraemer (Ph.D., University of Wyoming)

Position: Professor, Department of Human Sciences, Kinesiology
Research Interests: Dietary supplements, human performance related mediating
mechanisms of brain and muscle function, biomarkers, endocrine mechanisms related
to growth and tissue repair.


Kichoon Lee

Kichoon Lee (Ph.D., University of Georgia)

Position: Professor, Department of Animal Sciences.
Research Interests: Discovery of genes or proteins that are involved in fat or muscle development using microarray and proteomics technology; functional genomics approaches to study the functions of genes using in vitro and in vivo systems, including cell cultures and transgenic or knockout mouse models; identification of molecular mechanisms of food intake regulation in the brain.


Ken Lee

Ken Lee (Ph.D., University of Massachusetts–Amherst)

Position: Professor, Department of Food Science and Technology
Research Interests: Nutrient alteration during food processing.


Michael Lilburn

Michael Lilburn Ph.D.

Position: Professor, Department of Animal Sciences
Research Interests: Nutrition of poultry


Kamal D. Mehta

Kamal D. Mehta (Ph.D, McMaster University Medical Center)

Position: Professor, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Research Interests: Understanding the signaling cascades and the mechanisms regulating transcription of lipoprotein receptors involved in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular diseases; projects in progress will not only help investigate the molecular basis of atherosclerosis but may also provide a link between atherosclerosis, diabetes, and aging.


Carla Miller

Carla Miller (Ph.D. R.D., Pennsylvania State University)

Position: Professor, Department of Human Sciences
Research Interests: Development, implementation, and evaluation of behavior change interventions, primarily for people with type 2 diabetes mellitus, using theoretical models of change.


Susan Olivo-Marston

Susan Olivo-Marston (Ph.D. Georgetown University, MPH, Johns Hopkins)

Position: Assistant Professor, Division of Epidemiology, College of Public Health
Research Interests: Use of animal models of cancer and human studies to examine how childhood lifestyle exposures affect adult cancer risk; examining the effect of insulin-like growth factor-1 pathway, inflammation, obesity, and its role in cancer and developing preventive strategies.


Tonya Orchard

Tonya Orchard (Ph.D., The Ohio State University)

Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Human Sciences, Human Nutrition
Research Interests: Research focus is on the anti-inflammatory effects of diet, particularly the interaction of dietary omega-3 fatty acids with other dietary components in reducing inflammatory side effects of breast cancer treatment and attenuating progression of musculoskeletal diseases.


Cameron Rink

Cameron Rink (Ph.D., The Ohio State University)

Position: Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, College of Medicine
Research Interests: Nutritional intervention against cerebrovascular disease; role of arachidonic acid in neurodegenerative disorders; specific role of molecular oxygen in ischemic stroke injury; nutrient regulation of non-coding RNAs.


Sashwati Roy

Sashwati Roy (Ph.D., University of Kupio, Finland)

Position: Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, College of Medicine
Research Interests: Study of oxygen, reactive oxygen species, and antioxidant nutrients with emphasis on tissue injury and repair.


Chandan Sen

Chandan Sen (Ph.D., University of Kuopio, Finland)

Position: Professor, General Surgery; Associate Dean for Industry Partnerships and Relationships, College of Medicine.
Research Interests: Molecular medicine; mechanism by which antioxidants and cellular redox status regulate signal transduction and gene expression.


Yael Vodovotz

Yael Vodovotz (Ph.D., University of Massachusetts)

Position: Professor, Department of Food Science and Technology
Research Interests: Physico-chemical changes of functional foods during formulation, processing, and storage as they impact the delivery of bioactives; examination of functional foods and how they can be modified to deliver bioactives to targeted organs; material properties of bio-derived plastics as potential replacement of current thermoplastic food packaging films; utilize molecular, structural, and macroscopic analysis to fully characterize food and bioplastic material behavior in different conditions.


Jeff Volek

Jeff Volek (Ph.D., Penn State University)

Position:  Professor, Department of Human Sciences
Research Interests:  A world-renowned expert in low carbohydrate research, Dr. Volek focuses on the clinical application of ketogenic diets, especially the management of insulin resistance and type-2 diabetes.  Dr. Volek focuses on the clincial application of ketogenic diets, especially the management of insulin resistance and type-2 diabetes, as well as athletic performance and recovery.  His research aims to understand individual variability including how ketogenic diets alter fatty acid composition, lipoprotein metabolism, gut microbiome, gene expression, adaptations to training and overall metabolic health.  He has perfomed several prospective diet studies that demonstrate well formulated ketogenic diets result in reversal in metabolic symdrome and type-2 diabetes.  Dr. Volek has garnered over $8 million in research grants over the last 15 years, and accumulated an enormous amount of laboratory and clinical data as it pertains to biomarker discovery and formulation of personalized, effective and sustainable low carbohydrate diets.  In  addition to research, Dr. Volek has several initiatives aimed at translating low-carbohydrate science to the public.  He has also performed seminar work on dietary supplements including creatine, carnitine, and whey protein.  He has been invited to lecture on his research more than 160 times at scientific and industry conferences in more than a dozen countries.  His scholarly work includes nearly 300 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts/chapters and 5 books, including a New York Times Best Seller, collectively selling over 700 hundred thousand copies.


Hua (Helen) Wang

Hua (Helen) Wang (Ph.D., University of Minnesota)

Position: Professor, Department of Food Science and Technology
Research Interests: Biofilm formation involving foodborne pathogenic and health-promoting microorganisms; antibiotic resistance gene transfer through the food chain; developing rapid detection systems for foodborne microorganisms.


William Weiss

William Weiss (Ph.D., The Ohio State University)

Position: Professor, Department of Animal Sciences
Research Interests: Dairy cattle nutrition, mineral and vitamin nutrition, feed/food composition, interactions between nutrition and health in cattle.


Macdonald Wick

Macdonald Wick (Ph.D., University of California–Davis)

Position: Associate Professor Department of Animal Sciences
Research Interests: Muscle growth, development, and meat quality.


Zhongtang Yu

Zhongtang Yu (Ph.D., New Mexico State University)

Position: Associate Professor, Department of Animal Sciences
Research Interests:  Ecological studies of microorganisms inside (mainly the gastrointestinal track) and outside (the surrounding environments) of food animals that are important to animal nutrition and health. I am also interested in studies of the microbiome of human gastrointestinal tract. At community level, the genetic and the functional diversity is being investigated. At population level, the dynamics of particular species or guilds, such as Bifidobacterium, Lactobacillus, clostridia, Salmonella, E. coli in the gastrointestinal tract of animals and humans, and methanogens, cellulolytic bacteria, proteolytic bacteria, and ammonia-producing bacteria in the rumen is studied both qualitatively and quantitatively. The ultimate goal is to advance basic understanding of the microbiome in these habitats and to apply such knowledge to enhance feed utilization, to design more effective probiotics and prebiotics for animals and humans, and to minimize the environmental impact of food-animal production.

Also interested in the ecological studies of antibiotic resistance originating from food-animal production. These studies aim to advance our basic knowledge of development and dissemination of antibiotic resistance from farms to the environments, providing us with useful information to help reduce the negative impact of antibiotic use in food animal production.

 Both classical microbiological methods and molecular biology techniques (e.g., real-time PCR, recombinant DNA techniques, DGGE), metagenomics, comparative genomics, proteomics, and microarrays are employed in his research.

Teaching:

Ani Sci 6090: Anaerobic Microbiology (3 credits)


Ouliana Ziouzenkova

Ouliana Ziouzenkova (Ph.D., University of Graz, Austria)

Position: Associate Professor, Department of Human Sciences
Research Interests: Nuclear receptor regulation of predispostion to obesity.