Research

CNRC Investigator Labs

Master
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Shaji Chacko Lab

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The Chacko Lab is interested in multidisciplinary approaches to determine how genetic and environmental manipulation can be used to enhance the nutritional quality of plant based foods and determine how the chemical components of foods influence our health.

Miao-Hsueh (Ashley) Chen Lab

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The Chen Lab focuses on understanding how adipose tissue (white, brown, and beige) develops and functions under normal and pathological conditions, such as obesity, a risk factor for type II diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and cancers.

Jayna M. Dave Lab

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The Dave Lab research interests include health disparities, obesity and chronic disease prevention, food assistance programs, behavioral nutrition, social determinants of health including food and nutrition security, community engaged research.

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.

Michael Dzakovich Lab

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The Dzakovich Lab uses multidisciplinary approaches to determine how genetic and environmental manipulation can be used to enhance the nutritional quality of plant based foods and determine how the chemical components of foods influence our health.

Xia Gao Lab

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The Gao Lab is interested in understanding the interactions of nutrition, metabolism, and metabolic disease, particularly amino acid metabolism in cancer and obesity.

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.

Salma Musaad Lab

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The Musaad Lab's research focuses on the environmental, social and molecular determinants of chronic disorders including obesity, diabetes and other risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

Paul Nakata Lab

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The Nakata lab is interested in the nutrient partitioning in plants and its manipulation for nutritional improvements of plant foods.

Teresia O'Connor 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.

Margaret Raber Lab

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The Raber Lab research and projects include culinary medicine, nutrition education, digital health solutions.

Lanlan Shen Lab

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The Shen Lab is interested in the epigenetic mechanisms in health and disease with a focus on transcriptional regulation by DNA methylation across development and during tumorigenesis. 

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. 

Stephanie Sisley, M.D.

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Dr. Stephanie Sisley’s lab conducts research to individualize the diagnosis and treatment of obesity and diabetes.

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.

Debbe Thompson Lab

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Dr. Thompson’s research interests: healthy nutrition, physical activity, behavior change, pediatric obesity prevention, development and evaluation of digital media interventions, qualitative research.

Qiang Tong Lab

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The Tong Lab's research interests include the molecular mechanism of life span extension by caloric restriction; adipose formation and function during obesity and diabetes; and muscle, heart and liver metabolism.

Chunmei Wang Lab

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Dr. Wang's research interests: hypothalamic regulation of metabolic adaptations in females.

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

Clavia Ruth Wooton-Kee Lab

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The Wooton-Kee Lab research interests include the study of Wilson's disease, nuclear receptors, liver regeneration, and Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

Yong Xu Lab

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