Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition

The following faculty are those with an emphasis in Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition. 

Martha Belury Ph.D., RD,   Study of how dietary fats target muscles and adipose tissues to impact healthy metabolism. 

Amanda Bird, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Human Sciences. Nutrient-dependent changes in gene expression; Metal homeostasis and transport.

Richard Bruno, Ph.D., RD, Professor, Department of Human Sciences.  Bioavailability and dietary requirements of antioxidants and polyphenols, and their antinflammatory activities in cardiometabolic disorders

Steve Clinton, MD, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Internal Medicine. Diet and Nutrition in the etiology and prevention of cancer. 

Zobeida Cruz Monserrate, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine; Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, understanding the molecular mechanisms of how obesity increases the risk of developing pancreatic diseases.

Daniel Gallego-Perez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering. Nano-scale platforms to treat diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

Earl Harrison, Ph.D., Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Human Nutrition, Department of Human Sciences. Transport, metabolism, and functions of retinoids (Vitamin A) and carotenoids.

Shelia Jacobi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Sciences. Nutritional immunology associated with neonatal gastrointestinal health in swine and swine models for human health.

Matthias Klein, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science and Technology.  Using state-of-the-art technologies such as Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS) for the analysis of small molecule metabolites to further understand disease development and progression

Rachel Kopec, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Human Sciences. Uptake and metabolism of fat soluble vitamin and bioactives; Metabolomics and lipidomics, including unknown metabolite identification and multi-omic integration.

William Kraemer, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Human Sciences. Dietary supplements and endocrine mechanisms related to growth and tissue repair.

George Kyriazis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Chemistry and Pharmacology. Nutrient sensing receptor biology to human physiology and metabolic disease.

Kichoon Lee, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Animal Sciences.  Genetic and nutritional regulation of adipose and muscle growth in animals and humans.

Ken Lee, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Food Science and Technology. Nutrient alteration during food processing.

Dana McTigue, Ph.D. Professor and Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Neuroscience and in the Center for Brain and Spinal Cord Repair.  Investigation of metabolic changes and liver function after spinal cord injury.

Kamal D. Mehta, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry.  Understanding the signaling cascades and mechanisms regulating transcription of lipoprotein receptors involved in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular diseases.

Fred Tabung, Ph.D., MSPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine. Dietary pattern modulation of the metabolome, gut microbiome and biomarkers of inflammation, insulin and immune response; in relation to cancer risk and treatment.

Hua Wang, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Food Science and Technology.  Antibiotic resistance gene transfer, gut microbiota and gut health.

Macdonald Wick, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Animal Sciences. Modeling Effects of Genetic Selection and Environment on Poultry Muscle Growth and Development; Transcriptomics, and Proteomics

Zhongtang Yu, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Animal Sciences.  Ecological studies of microorganisms inside and outside of food animals important for animal nutrition and health.  Study of the human microbiome.

Ouliana Ziouzenkova, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Human Sciences.  Nuclear receptor regulation and their relevance to the development of metabolic syndrome. 

Jiangjiang (Chris) Zhu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Human Sciences.  To develop technologies using mass spectrometry-based metabolomics to detect and monitor human diseases.