Assistant Professor of Nutritional Sciences
Ph.D. 2017, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, R.D.
Muscle and protein metabolism, nutritional management in clinical populations
Our research focuses on clinical nutrition, lean tissue/muscle assessment, and protein metabolism in various clinical populations. We are particularly interested in novel applications to refine protein recommendations with the goal of preserving muscle mass and preventing malnutrition. Our research also aims to develop noninvasive methods to accurately identify the development of malnutrition and monitor changes in muscle mass at the bedside while optimizing nutrition interventions throughout medical treatment. Overall, we are passionate about improving patient outcomes and quality of life in clinical populations.
Kuchnia AJ, Conlon B, Greenberg N. Natural Bioactive Food Components for Improving Enteral Tube Feeding Tolerance in Clinical Populations [Epub ahead of print]. Nutr Clin Pract. 2017. doi:10.1177/0884533617722164.
Teigen LM, Kuchnia AJ, Mourtzakis M, Earthman CP. The Use of Technology for Estimating Body Composition: Strengths and Weaknesses of Common Modalities in a Clinical Setting. Nutr Clin Pract. 2017;32(1):20-27. doi:10.1177/0884533616676264.
Paris MT, Mourtzakis M, Day A, Leung R, Watharkar S, Kozar R, Earthman, C, Kuchnia AJ, et al. Validation of Bedside Ultrasound of Muscle Layer Thickness of the Quadriceps in the Critically Ill Patient (VALIDUM Study). J Parenter Enter Nutr. 2017;41(2):171-180. doi:10.1177/0148607116637852.
Kuchnia AJ, Earthman C, Teigen L, et al. Evaluation of Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis in Critically Ill Patients: Results of a Multicenter Prospective Study [Epub ahead of print]. J Parenter Enter Nutr. 2016. doi:10.1177/0148607116651063.
Kuchnia AJ, Teigen LM, Cole AJ, et al. Phase Angle and Impedance Ratio: Reference Cut-Points From the United States National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999–2004 From Bioimpedance Spectroscopy Data [epub ahead of print]. J Parenter Enter Nutr. 2016. doi:10.1177/0148607116670378.
Kuchnia AJ, Huizenga R, Frankenfield D, Matthie JR, Earthman CP. Overstated metabolic adaptation after “the biggest loser” intervention. Obesity. 2016;24(10):2025-2025. doi:10.1002/oby.21638