Research Topics


Molecular Nutrition – studies the mechanisms of gene expression and their regulation by nutrients and other dietary constituents at the molecular level.

Dietary Bioactive Components, Functional Foods, and Cardiometabolic Health – studies the role of non-nutrient substances (e.g., phytochemicals), and foods that contain these substances, in promoting health & reducing the risk for obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

Metabolic Diseases or Metabolic Biology - identifies and understands mechanisms by which lipoproteins and plasma lipids contribute to the development and progression of cardio-metabolic diseases. Additionally, dissects the role of these metabolites on immune system function in cardiovascular and inflammatory diseases. 

Nanotechnology and Biodelivery Systems - investigates natural biomaterials for fabrication of food-grade nanoscale structures for improving food quality and safety, increasing the bioavailability of poorly absorbed nutrients, as well as providing tissue-specific delivery of nutrients for prevention and treatment of chronic diseases.

Public Health – involves the assessment of nutritional status in human populations, through the use of national health and nutrition studies, as well as the study of food and nutrition-related social policies.

Community Nutrition – involves the evaluation of interventions to maintain and improve the health and well-being of human populations including nutrition education, food assistance, food, and nutrition supplementation, and food fortification programs.

Rehabilitative Nutrition – studies nutrition-specific diet interventions to attenuate the loss of muscle in the early postoperative period while providing support to maximize gains in muscle mass, strength, and function in later phases of rehabilitation. 

Gut Health and Chronic Disease - investigates interactions between dietary compounds, intestinal physiology, gut microbial communities, and disease conditions.

Immunometabolism - investigates the interplay between immunological and metabolic processes.

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