USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center

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Teresa Davis Lab

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Dr. Davis' research program focuses on identifying the mechanism by which nutrients, hormones, and growth factors regulate protein deposition in skeletal muscle during early postnatal life.

Kendal Hirschi Lab

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The Hirschi Lab studies both model systems biology in plants as well as translational research related to agricultural improvement.

Sheryl O. Hughes Lab

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The Hughes Lab examines parental socialization of children’s eating behaviors including general and appetite regulation and their influence on the development of various child eating behaviors.

Nancy Moran Lab

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The Moran Lab research program seeks to understand how dietary carotenoids impact human health. Carotenoids are a class of colorful orange, red, and yellow compounds found in fruits and vegetables.

Jennette Moreno Lab

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The Moreno Lab focuses on the influence of the school year and summer environment on children’s sleep and biological rhythms and the influence of these factors on the seasonal variation of children's growth and development of obesity.

Teresia O'Conner Lab

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The O’Connor Lab research focuses on parenting, parent-child relationships, pediatric obesity prevention, use of technology to measure behaviors.

Dr. Robert J. Shulman Lab (Center for Pediatric Abdominal Pain Research)

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Led by Robert J. Shulman, M.D., the Center for Pediatric Abdominal Pain Research conducts research studies that are focused on abdominal pain in children that doesn't have a clear cause. 

Erica Soltero Lab

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The Soltero Lab conducts research in the area of pediatric obesity and diabetes, physical activity, social determinants and community-based health promotion.

Robert Waterland Lab

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Research in the Waterland Lab aims to understand how nutrition and other environmental influences during prenatal and early postnatal development affect individual susceptibility to various diseases later in life.

Alexis (Lekki) Wood Lab

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The Alexis (Lekki) Wood Lab is interested in how gene-environment interplay changes an individual's response to the environment, with a focus on behavior.

Yong Xu Lab

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The Xu Lab in interested in novel neural circuits, neurotransmitters and intra-neuronal signals that are critical for coordinated control of body weight, feeding behavior, and glucose balance.

Yi Zhu Lab

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The Zhu Lab in interested in the study of diabetes, NAFLD and NASH, gap junction, hyaluronan and adipose tissue.

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