Research Topics

Ideas for research

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.

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.

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 & Community Nutrition – involves the design, development and evaluation of interventions to improve individual and community health and address public health issues; involves behavior change, nutrition education, food assistance programs, food and nutrition supplementation, and food fortification programs, as well as the study of food and nutrition-related policies.

Nutritional Epidemiology – involves the assessment of nutritional determinants of disease and the study of the distribution of nutrition-related factors in the human population and applies findings in nutritional epidemiology to the control of health problems.

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.