Faculty Research

Name/TitleResearch Areas
Regan Bailey,
Associate 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.
Laura W. Bowers, Assistant Professor The role of chronic inflammation in the link between obesity and cancer, particularly breast and colon cancer. More specific interest areas include: the impact of obesity-induced changes in the gut microbiota and associated inflammation on colon cancer risk; links between leptin signaling, cancer stem cell enrichment, and obesity-associated chemotherapy resistance in breast cancer patients.
Kimberly K. Buhman,
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,
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
Heather Eicher-Miller,
Associate Professor
Food insecurity and low-resource populations, community based research, nutrition education, nutritional epidemiology, dietary patterns, and public health
James (Jim) 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
Michele R. Forman, Distinguished Professor and Head Dr. Forman’s career focuses on nutritional epidemiology and clinical nutrition research across the globe with an emphasis on early life exposures and risk for chronic disease as well as the role of nutrition in growth and health across the life course.  As her research foci have shifted from low birth-weight to chronic disease, the stillpoint has remained fixed; she examines the developmental origins of disease. Much of her research is designed either as a longitudinal prospective cohort study that spans the peri-conceptional period through adulthood or dietary interventions in the free-living state or under controlled feeding conditions. Her laboratory addresses nutritional assessment of individuals from infancy through adulthood; and tests dietary interventions amongst high risk groups such as chronic renal disease patients. 
Nana Gletsu Miller,
Associate Professor
Diseases associated with obesity and outcomes following weight loss; strategies for optimizing nutritional outcomes following bariatric surgery
Nilupa Gunaratna, Assistant Professor Research aims to identify and evaluate multisectoral interventions, particularly those involving agriculture, that can equitably and sustainably improve nutrition and health outcomes at scale in developing countries.  With a focus on Africa, she has conducted randomized studies and surveys on the effectiveness, consumer acceptance, and strategies for promotion and scaling up of nutrition-sensitive agricultural technologies; evaluation of large-scale integrated nutrition and agriculture programs; and clinical trials on the safety and efficacy of nutrition-specific interventions to reduce the risks of adverse nutrition and health outcomes among neonates, infants, young children, adolescent girls, and women of reproductive age in low resource settings.  Her current work evaluates interventions and technologies such as genetic and agronomic biofortification, promotion of improved livestock, and the use of peer groups to encourage positive behaviors relating to child feeding, early childhood stimulation, sanitation and hygiene, and gender relationships.  
Kathleen Hill Gallant,
Assistant Professor
Bone and mineral metabolism with a focus on phosphorus metabolism in health and chronic kidney disease
Qing Jiang, Professor Nutrition and inflammation-associated diseases; Different forms of vitamin E and cancer chemoprevention/chemotherapy; vitamin E forms, botanical antioxidants and asthma.
Heather Leidy, Associate Professor

The effects of protein quantity, quality, and timing of consumption (specifically at breakfast) on the appetitive, hormonal, metabolic, and fMRI-based neural signals controlling appetite, satiety, and food cravings.

Stephen Lindemann, Assistant Professor of Food and Nutrition

Dietary controls on the gut microbiome and their influence on microbial diversity, metabolism, inflammation, and pathogen resistance; design principles for prebiotic and probiotic therapies.

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.
Cordelia Running, Assistant Professor Bioactive ingredient and flavor interactions, salivary interactions with food and bioavailability of nutrients, sensory perception and modulation of food.
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
Jon A. Story,
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 
Bioavailability of minerals; Calcium metabolism, exercise, nutrition and bone health, and iron status

Adjunct Faculty

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
Robert Considine,
Adjunct Professor
Adipose tissue biology, type II diabetes, leptin, adiponectin, resistin

Mario Ferruzzi,
Adjunct Professor

Phytochemical and botanical chemistry with focus on food pigments and flavonoids; Development of methodologies for determination of phytochemicals in food and biological matrices; Investigation of food processing effects on phytochemical profiles, bioavailability, and ultimate bioactivity; Development of strategies for incorporation and stabilization of phytochemicals in food systems

Meryl Wastney,
Adjunct Associate Professor
Kinetic modeling

Courtesy Appointments

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