Kimberly Buhman

Educational Background

  • B.S., Agricultural Biochemistry at Iowa State University in 1992
  • Ph.D., Nutritional Biochemistry at Purdue University in 1999
  • Post-Doc, Lipid Metabolism at Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease in 2002
  • Post-Doc, Cardiology and Gastroenterology at Washington University School of Medicine in 2005

Awards & Honors

  • E.L.R. Stokstad Award from American Society of Nutrition, 2013
  • Purdue University Teaching Academy, 2017

Activities & Memberships

  • Member, American Diabetes Association, 2012 - Present
  • Member, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 2009 - Present
  • Member, American Society for Nutrition, 2001 - Present
  • Member, American Heart Association, 2001 - Present


The long-term goal of the Buhman laboratory is to identify novel factors that regulate dietary fat sensing, metabolism or absorption that may be exploited for preventive and therapeutic interventions for obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Research in the Buhman laboratory focuses on trafficking and metabolism of digestive products of dietary fat within the absorptive cells of the small intestine, enterocytes. Projects in the Buhman laboratory are currently addressing how diet, drugs and genetics affect chylomicron synthesis and secretion, cytoplasmic lipid droplets synthesis and metabolism, and fatty acid oxidation by enterocytes. Recent publications from the Buhman laboratory highlight important functions of diet, drugs, and genetics in regulation of dietary fat processing within enterocytes that results in effects related to metabolic diseases such as body weight, blood lipid concentrations, and hepatic steatosis.

Discovery Publications

A complete list of Dr. Buhman's discovery publications is found here.


NUTR 59000 Lipids and Cell Function
NUTR 62700 Scientific Writing in Nutrition Science 

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West Lafayette, IN 47907
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