Faculty

The following faculty are members of OSU Nutrition faculty and span over multiple departments and colleges.  If you are looking for faculty members doing specific research, please peruse the Emphasis Areas listed to the right.

 

Kedryn Baskin Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology and Cell Biology. Transcriptional and metabolic regulation of heart and skeletal muscle function and inter-organ communication.

Martha Belury Ph.D., RD,  Chair and Professor, Department of Food Science and Technology. 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.

Josh Bomser, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Human Sciences. How dietary phytochemical influence disease progression, specifically cancer.

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., Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine. The role of obesity, diet, and exercise on pancreatic cancer.

Konrad Dabrowski, D. Sc. Ph.D., Professor, School of Natural Resources.  Nutrition of aquatic animals and comparative nutrition.

Maurice Eastridge, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Animal Sciences.  Fat and fiber digestion in dairy cows and effects of milk composition.

Jeff Firkins, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Animal Sciences. Protein and carbohydrate nutrition in dairy cattle; gut microbiology.

Monica Guisti, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Food Science and Technology.  Natural colorants and their potential for health promoting properties.

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

Carolyn Gunther, Ph.D., RD, Associate Professor, College of Nursing.  Behavioral and environmental factors that influence a child’s risk for obesity.

Natalia Higuita Castro, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Department of Surgery.  Nano-scale technology and platforms to treat diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

Irene Hatsu, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Human Sciences.  Nutrition and health consequences of food insecurity in underserved and vulnerable populations.

Sanja Ilic, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Human Sciences. Microbial food safety including human pathogens, E. Coli, Salmonella, and Listeria monocytogenes.

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

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

Matthias Klein, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science and Technology.  Using metabolomics to understand and predict disease development and progression.

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

Chanhee Lee, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Animal Sciences. Nutritional utilization and physiology in ruminant animals to improve production efficiency and reduce environmental impacts of the animal production system.

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

Thomas Mace, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine. Investigating the use of dietary nutritional intervention to modulate inflammation in chronic diseases and cancer.

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.

Tonya Orchard Ph.D. R.D., Associate Professor, Department of Human Sciences.  Dietary components and patterns that decrease chronic inflammation; Nutritional interventions that reduce side effects of cancer treatment.

Alejandro Relling, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Animal Sciences. Gut physiology and endocrinology and mechanisms that regulate feed efficiency and adipose tissue metabolism.

Catherine Saenz, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Human Sciences.  Investigating relationships between exercise, nutrition, and energy metabolism and its impact on health, physiology and athletic performance.

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.

Kristy Townsend, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery. Investigation of neural plasticity of the CNS and PNS innervating metabolically relevant tissues (adipose & muscle) and how they impact the regulation of energy balance and metabolic health with aging and disease.

Yael Vodovotz, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Food Science and Technology.  Physico-chemical changes in functional foods during formulation, processing, and storage as they impact delivery of bioactives.

Jeff Volek, Ph.D., RD, Professor, Department of Human Sciences.  Clinical application of low carbohydrate and ketogenic diets on the management of insulin resistance and type-2 diabetes and athletic performance and recovery.

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

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

Lihua Ye, Ph.D., Assistant professor, Department of Neuroscience. Study how nutrition information is transmitted from the gut to the brain and how environmental factors such as gut microbiome influence nutrient perception.

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., Associate Professor, Department of Human Sciences.  To develop technologies using mass spectrometry-based metabolomics to detect and monitor human diseases.