Tzu-Wen Cross

Educational Background

  • Post-Doc, Cardiovascular Medicine and Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2019
  • Post-Doc, Animal Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2017
  • Ph.D., Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2016
  • M.S., Nutritional Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2013
  • B.S., Nutrition and Human Health/Dietetics, Taipei Medical University, 2009

Awards & Honors

  • Ralph W. and Grace M. Showalter Research Trust Award, 2020
  • NIH T32 Postdoctoral Fellow in Translational Cardiovascular Science Training Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2017-2019 
  • James L. Robinson Nutrition Impact Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2017
  • The College of ACES and Paul A. Funk Recognition: Ph.D. Student Research Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2016
  • David H. Baker Nutrition Scholar Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2016
  • Pinnacle Award, International Ingredients Corporation (IIC), 2014
  • Charlene Scanland-Evert Graduate Research Scholarship, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2012

Activities & Memberships

  • American Society for Nutrition, 2012-present
  • American Heart Association, 2018-present
  • American Society of Microbiology, 2014-present
  • American Society of Animal Science, 2013-present
  • The Obesity Society, 2013-2017


Sex is a powerful modifier of disease development. Sex hormones can be altered by the gut microbiome and thus affecting systemic and tissue homeostasis. Our laboratory focuses on investigating the interplay between sex hormones and the gut microbiome in metabolic diseases using gnotobiotic mouse models. Further, because diet is among the most significant and modifiable determinants of the gut microbiome, we also aim to develop dietary strategies targeting the gut microbiome to reduce disease risks. The ultimate goal is to develop therapeutically useful gut microbiome modulators to improve human health.

Discovery Publications

A list of publications by Dr. Cross can be found here.


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Assistant Professor

Office: STON 205
Address: 700 West State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Phone: 765-496-3376

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