T-32: Training in Obesity Research

Participating Faculty

Faculty Member Research Interests
Hans-Rudolf Berthoud, Ph.D. Neural control of food intake
Phillip J. Brantley, Ph.D. Behavioral obesity management
Owen Carmichael, Ph.D.

Brain and metabolism imaging in chronic disease

Catherine Champagne, Ph.D., R.D. Dietary counseling and dietary intake assessment
Ji Suk Chang, Ph.D. Molecular mechanisms underlying brown adipose tissue
Carrie Elks, Ph.D., R.D. Adipose tissue extracellular matrix in obesity and insulin resistance
Elizabeth Floyd, Ph.D. Role of the ubiquitin proteasome system in adipocyte biology and specifically, the function of ubiquitylation of the peroxisome proliferator- activated receptor gamma (PPAR?)
Thomas W. Gettys, Ph.D. Leptin-responsive pathways and identification of where leptin-resistance is occurring in obesity prone mice
Steven Heymsfield, M.D. Energy regulation, weight loss treatments, co-morbidity effects; and development of methods for evaluating body composition and application of technologies such as DTI, fMRI & PET
Daniel Hsia, M.D.

Prevention and intervention strategies for diabetes and obesity with translation of approved pediatric therapies

Brian Irving, Ph.D. Short- and long-term metabolic and proteomic adaptions to exercise, dietary, medical interventions in young and old adults at risk for or with cardiometabolic diseases
Peter Katzmarzyk, Ph.D Epidemiology and public health impact of obesity and physical inactivity
Corby Martin, Ph.D. Energy intake and expenditure, and novel weight loss and weight gain prevention strategies (e.g., telehealth and e-Health interventions)
Christopher Morrison, Ph.D. Neuronal signaling and regulation of feeding behavior, body weight homeostasis, reproduction, growth, and metabolism
Heike Muenzberg-Gruening, Ph.D. Central mechanisms of leptin signaling (leptin resistance/sensitivity, neuronal activity) in a variety of obese or lean animal models
Randall Mynatt, Ph.D. Transgenics Core; Lipid metabolism with specific interests in the regulation of fatty acid oxidation
Robert Newton, Ph.D. Community-based interventions targeting health disparities
Robert Noland, Ph.D. Substrate metabolism in health and disease, with special interest in lipid metabolism in obesity, insulin resistance and diabetes
Tuomo Rankinen, Ph.D. Human genomics; genetic and molecular basis of human variation in responsiveness to exercise training
Eric Ravussin, Ph.D. Clinical investigations on measures of energy expenditure, body composition, carbohydrate metabolism and biomarkers of aging in health and disease states
Leanne Redman, Ph.D. Translational research studies to understand the interrelationships between body weight, insulin resistance and optimal health in pregnant women and women with polycystic ovary syndrome
Amanda Staiano, Ph.D. Pediatric obesity and technology-based interventions for weight loss and physical activity
Krisztian Stadler, Ph.D. In vivo role of free radicals - reactive oxygen and nitrogen species - with emphasis on developing stage of diabetes, obesity and insulin resistance
Jacqueline Stephens, Ph.D.

Activation and function of STAT proteins in adipocytes

Tiffany Stewart, Ph.D. Body image, eating disorders and obesity; Technology based assessment and intervention programs, treatment and prevention
Ursula White, Ph.D. Factors and mechanisms that influence the expansion and distribution of fat and how adipose tissue location is associated with metabolic health outcomes in humans