Faculty Research

Kimberly K. Buhman, Associate Professor
Intestinal Lipid Metabolism, Nutritional Biochemistry and Physiology, Heart Disease, Obesity

John (Jay) R. Burgess, Associate Professor
Oxidative stress adaptation, phytochemical antioxidants, oxidative stress and essential fatty acids in behavioral disorders, role of antioxidants in mitigating the complications of diabetes

Wayne W. Campbell, Professor
Human nutrition and exercise studies of macronutrient metabolism, protein and energy requirements, appetite, body composition, obesity and weight loss, muscle strength, and muscle function, with special emphasis on aging

James (Jim) R. Daniel, Associate Professor
Carbohydrates, non cariogenic sweeteners, food gums, and fat substitutes

Mridul Datta, Assistant Professor and Director, Coordinated Program in Dietetics
Nutrition and Cancer with focus on inflammation, quality of life, and bone health; dietary supplements and dietary bioactive components.

Heather Eicher-Miller, Assistant Professor
Food insecurity and low-resource populations, community based research, nutrition education, nutritional epidemiology, dietary patterns, and public health

Mario G. Ferruzzi, Professor
Chemistry of food pigments and flavonoids with focus on quantitative and qualitative phytochemical profiling, bioavailability, biological activity and incorporation into food systems

James C. Fleet, Distinguished Professor
Molecular mechanisms of vitamin D action through the vitamin D receptor; intestinal calcium absorption; vitamin D and calcium metabolism; vitamin D and cancer chemoprevention; regulation of gene expression; genetic regulation of mineral metabolism

Nana Gletsu Miller, Assistant Professor
Diseases associated with obesity and outcomes following weight loss; strategies for optimizing nutritional outcomes following bariatric surgery

Ryan Grant, Assistant Professor
Our research focuses on how nutrition and metabolism regulate inflammation and chronic metabolic disease such as obesity and type 2 diabetes. Specifically, we are interested in how carbohydrate and amino acid metabolism regulate immune cell phenotype and activation, and how these metabolic pathways contribute to the development of adipose tissue inflammation and impaired insulin signaling. Our long-term goal is to understand whether inflammatory processes can be influenced by the macronutrient composition of the diet and if specific diets can have added benefits through the modification of immune cell activation and inflammation.

Tara Henagan, Assistant Professor
Macronutrients and exercise, obesity and Type 2 diabetes, mitochondrial adaptation, botanicals, dietary supplements and high fat diets

Kathleen Hill Gallant, Assistant Professor
Bone and mineral metabolism with a focus on phosphorus metabolism in health and chronic kidney disease

Elsa M. Janle, Associate Research Professor
Nutritional and phytochemical effects on diabetes and Alzheimer's Disease. Interstitial fluid chemistry.

Qing Jiang, Associate Professor
Nutrition and inflammation-associated diseases; Different forms of vitamin E and cancer chemoprevention/chemotherapy; vitamin E forms, botanical antioxidants and asthma.

Richard (Rick) D. Mattes, Distinguished Professor
Regulation of food intake in humans; hunger and satiety; Dietary preferences and compliance; taste and smell function; Human cephalic phase responses.

Charles R. Santerre, Professor of Food Toxicology
Food safety and nutrition related to chemical contaminants in foods.

Dennis A. Savaiano, Virginia C. Meredith Professor of Nutrition Policy
Lactose digestion and intolerance, carbohydrate maldigestion

Silvia Stan, Assistant Professor
Cancer prevention with diet-derived bioactive compounds; pancreatic and breast cancer chemoprevention

Barbara Stefanska, Assistant Professor
Nutritional epigenetics; epigenetic mechanisms of vitamins and polyphenols in cancer prevention, cancer therapy and type 2 diabetes; DNA methylation biomarkers for solid tumors  including ovarian, breast, and liver cancers.

Jon A. Story, Professor and Associate Dean of the Graduate School
Nutritional regulation of cholesterol metabolism

Dorothy Teegarden, Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs, College of Health and Human Sciences
Nutrition and cancer, vitamin D and signal transduction, molecular mechanisms in the progression of cancer, exercise, nutrition and bone health, dietary calcium and body composition, vitamin D regulation of lipid oxidation and insulin resistance

Connie M. Weaver, Distinguished Professor and Head
Bioavailability of minerals; Calcium metabolism, exercise, nutrition and bone health, and iron status

Adjunct Faculty

Regan Bailey, Adjunct Assistant Professor
The overarching goal of her research program is to prevent or lessen the risk of chronic disease through nutrition. Dr. Bailey’s specific research interests include: nutritional epidemiology; one-carbon metabolism, particularly the role of B vitamins; dietary assessment methods and measurement error; dietary patterns; dietary supplements; nutrition screening; and, nutrition and aging, particularly as it relates to reducing the risk of cognitive impairment and osteoporosis. She has considerable expertise working with the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

Carol J. Boushey, Adjunct Professor
Working as part of a multidisciplinary team at the University of Hawaii to provide support to the member investigators of the Cancer Center as they design and conduct studies that include the collection and analyses of dietary intake variables

Meryl Wastney, Adjunct Associate Professor
Kinetic modeling

Courtesy Appointments

D. Randy Black, Courtesy Professor
Obesity/weight management and eating disorders among people with anorexia

Shawn S. Donkin, Courtesy Professor
The cellular and molecular processes controlling liver function in responses to nutritional, hormonal, environmental and developmental cues 

Gerald C. Hyner, Courtesy Professor
Public health and gerontology; health promtion and disease control; computerized health risk appraisal 

Kee-Hong Kim, Courtesy Associate Professor
Dietary and biochemical regulation of the development of adipose tissue and its function for prevention of obesity and its related chronic diseases

Sophie A. Lelievre, Courtesy Associate Professor
The role of the organization of the cell nucleus in gene expression and genome stability and the relationship between tissue polarity and nuclear functions, notably epigenetics

Roseann M. Lyle, Courtesy Professor
Scientific rationale for recommendations for disease prevention and health promotion, nutrition exercise/activity, and health in young women and adults over 50

Jean-Christophe (Chris) Rochet, Courtesy Associate Professor
Understanding the role of protein aggregation in neurological and muscular disorders

Darlene A. Sedlock, Courtesy Associate Professor
Excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, energy balance and weight control, components of daily energy expenditure, physiology of upper-body exercise, exercise in spinal cord injured individuals

 

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