Nutrition and Metabolism Faculty Trainers

The Nutrition and Metabolism Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences has a multitude of trainers from over 19 different departments within UW-Madison.

Margaret Alexander, Assistant Professor Medical Microbiology and Immunology, Ph.D. 2017. Exploring the mechanisms of how our diet, microbiota, and immune responses interact during immune-related diseases such as autoimmunity.

Rozalyn Anderson, Professor of Medicine, Ph.D. 2000. Nutrient sensitive regulatory pathways in aging and age-associated disease.

Sebastian I Arriola Apelo, Assistant Professor of Dairy Science, Ph.D. 2013. Mechanistic mathematical models of nutrient metabolism and cellular signaling, with the major goal of maximizing nutrient efficiency for a sustainable dairy industry.

Alan D. Attie, Professor of Biochemistry, Ph.D. 1980. Genetics of obesity, diabetes, and metabolic diseases. Genetics of diet responsiveness.

Neil C. Binkley, Professor of Medicine, MD. 1979. Vitamin K insufficiency and osteoporosis.

Barak Blum, Associate Professor of Cell and Regenerative Biology, Ph.D. 2009. Organogenesis and functional maturation of the islets of Langerhans in the pancreas.

Bradley Bolling, Associate Professor of Food Sciences, Ph.D. 2007. Food chemistry, sustainability, food bioactives, intestinal inflammation, dietary prevention of chronic disease.

Snehal Nitin Chaudhari, Assistant Professor of  Biochemistry, PhD. Study of small molecules abundantly present in the gut that are substantially synthesized and modulated by gut bacteria, and how they influence health and disease.

Ricki J. Colman, Associate Professor of Cell & Regenerative Biology, Ph.D. 1998. Using nonhuman primate models to explore the impact of nutrition and metabolism on health across the aging continuum.

Thomas D. Crenshaw, Professor of Animal Science, Ph.D. 1980. Skeletal tissue growth and assessment; statistical approaches to establishment of mineral and amino acid requirements; swine nutrition.

Dawn B. Davis, Associate Professor of Medicine, MD, Ph.D. 2003. Changes in pancreatic beta cell gene expression in response to obesity and in the setting of beta cell proliferation.

John M. Denu, Professor of Biomolecular Chemistry, Ph.D. 1993. Investigation of the proposed “Histone Code”; understanding the mechanisms of enzymes that reversibly modify proteins and the effects of these modifications on protein function.

Daniela Drummond-Barbosa, Professor of Genetics, Ph.D. 1995. We investigate how stem cell lineages are regulated by diet, metabolism, and physiology in Drosophila melanogaster.

David J. Eide, Professor of Nutritional Sciences, Ph.D. 1987. Nutritional genomics and molecular responses to changes in nutrient status.

Richard S. Eisenstein, Professor of Nutritional Sciences, Ph.D. 1985. Iron metabolism; posttranscriptional control of proteins required for the uptake, storage, and use of iron.

Corinne Engelman, Professor of Population Health Sciences, Ph.D. 2006. Study design and data analysis of genetic, metabolomic, demographic, socioeconomic, behavioral, physiological and environmental factors of biomarkers and preclincal traits related to Alzheimer’s disease.

Feyza Engin, Associate Professor of Biomolecular Chemistry, Ph.D. 2007. Investigating the molecular mechanisms of organelle dysfunction and cellular stress responses in the pathogenesis of diabetes.

Jing Fan, Associate Professor of Nutritional Sciences and Morgridge Institute for Research, Ph.D. 2014. Cancer metabolism; metabolic regulation in dynamic mammalian systems.

Luke Funk, Associate Professor of Surgery, MD, Ph.D. 2005. Our research group uses mixed-methods approaches and clinical trials to identify barriers to obesity care and test interventions designed to increase use of obesity treatments.

Andrea Galmozzi, Assistant Professor, Ph.D. 2010. Metabolic regulation of adipose tissue.

Irwin Goldman, Professor of Horticulture, Ph.D. Vegetable breeding and genetics, human health attributes of vegetable crops and breeding of vegetables for culinary quality.

Guy E. Groblewski, Professor of Nutritional Sciences, Ph.D. 1991. Intracellular signal transduction in gastrointestinal epithelial cells.

David A. Harris, Assistant Professor of Surgery, MD. 2013. Our lab studies the mechanistic intersection between bariatric surgery, metabolism, and aging. Using complex surgical models in mice, his current lab efforts focus on how bariatric surgery effects the process of cellular senescence and by doing so, mitigates metabolic diseases and extends healthspan.

Laura L. Hernandez, Professor of Dairy Science, Ph.D. 2008. Regulation of lactation and milk synthesis in relation to the autocrine, paracrine, endocrine and serotonin systems.  Regulation of mammary gland calcium transport and maternal calcium homeostasis during lactation.

Andrew Hryckowian, Assistant Professor of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Ph.D. 2014. Building novel concepts and approaches (e.g., dietary intervention, bacteriophage therapy) for coping
with bacterial pathogens.

Tu-Anh Huynh, Assistant Professor of Food Science, Ph.D. 2012. Understanding the pathogenesis of gut bacterial pathogens and their interactions with the resident microbiota.

Jessica L. Hite, Assistant Professor of Pathobiological Sciences, Ph. D. 2016. Integrating nutritional immunology and epidemiology to understand how competition for key nutrients affects the evolution of home immune functions and pathogen traits such as drug resistance and virulence.

Marty S. Kanarek, Professor of Population Health Sciences and Environmental Studies, Ph.D. 1978. Environmental epidemiology; potential population health effects from consumption of fish contaminated with mercury, PCBs, and other chemicals.

William H. Karasov, Professor of Wildlife Ecology, Ph.D. 1981. Molecular mechanisms of intestinal enzyme adaptation, intestinal absorption, nutritional ecology of wild vertebrates.

Michelle E. Kimple, Associate Professor of Medicine, Ph.D. 2003. Pancreatic beta-cell response to nutrient and hormonal stimulation.

Laura J. Knoll, Professor of Medical Microbiology & Immunology, Ph.D. 1994. Using -omics technology to study host/ pathogen interactions and metabolism of the intracellular parasite Toxoplasma gondii.

Adam R. Konopka, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Ph.D. 2012. Investigating the interaction of exercise and rapamycin on mTOR signaling, proteostasis, and metabolism.

Adam Kuchnia, Assistant Professor of Nutritional Sciences, Ph.D. 2017. Muscle and Protein Metabolism; Understanding how disease affects muscle and protein metabolism and muscle assessment techniques.

Huichuan J. Lai, Professor of Nutritional Sciences, Ph.D., RD. 1995. Epidemiological studies linking nutrition and disease outcomes in pediatric populations.

Dudley Lamming, Associate Professor of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism, Ph.D. 2008. The regulation of healthy aging by what, when, and how much we eat.

Vanessa Leone, Assistant Professor of Animal Biologics and Metabolism, Ph.D. 2009. Intersection of diet, gut microbes, circadian rhythms, and metabolism using preclinical models.

Mark B. Meyer, Assistant Professor of Nutritional Sciences, Ph.D. 2007. Investigating the genomic mechanisms of transcription, metabolism, and disease progression.

Matthew J. Merrins, Associate Professor of Medicine, Ph.D. 2008. Ability of pancreatic islet beta cells to trigger cell proliferation and release of insulin during periods of increased insulin demands.

James M. Ntambi, Steenbock Professor of Nutritional Sciences (also Biochemistry), Ph.D. 1985. Mechanisms of fat cell differentiation; regulation of gene expression by dietary and hormonal factors.

Beth Olson, Associate Professor of Nutritional Sciences, Ph.D. Breastfeeding support and improving infant feeding practices.

Brian W. Parks, Assistant Professor of Nutritional Sciences, Ph.D. 2008. Systems genetics, Gene-diet interactions, and molecular mechanisms of obesity and diabetes.

Joseph F. Pierre, Assistant Professor of Nutritional Sciences, Ph.D. 2012. Research on the gut microbiome, nutrition, and intestinal physiology and disease.

Tomas Prolla, Professor of Genetics and Medical Genetics, Ph.D. 1994.  Molecular mechanisms of aging and its retardation through caloric restriction.

Scott Reeder, Professor, MD,  Ph.D. Abdominal adiposity, liver fat, liver iron overload and other features of diffuse liver disease, quantification of perfusion in liver tumors, hemodynamics of portal hypertension, and the use of new contrast agents in liver and biliary diseases.

Federico E. Rey, Associate Professor of Bacteriology, Ph.D. 2006. Understand how variations in the gut microbiome modulate the effects of diet and host’s susceptibility to cardiometabolic disease.

Tim Rhoads, Assistant Professor of Nutritional Sciences, Ph.D. 2012. Caloric restriction, metabolism, biology of aging, systems biology, gene expression regulation.

Lautaro Rostoll-Cangiano, Assistant Professor of Animal and Dairy Science, Ph.D. 2022.  On-farm management factors (such as colostrum feeding, probiotics, and antibiotics), and their impact on intestinal microbiota and immune development.

William Schrage, Professor of Kinesiology, Ph.D. 2001 (Physiology). Human cardiovascular studies focused primarily on regulation of skeletal muscle or cerebral blood flow in response to exercise or environmental stress, and how obesity and insulin resistance alter this regulation.

Judith Simcox, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Ph.D. 2014. Transcriptional regulation of nutrient responsive pathways in thermogenesis.

Philipp W. Simon, Professor of Horticulture, Ph.D. 1977. Biochemical genetics and breeding of carrots, alliums, and cucumber; genetic improvement of vegetable culinary and nutritional value.

Sherry Tanumihardjo, Professor of Nutritional Sciences, Ph.D. 1993. Vitamin A assessment methodology; carotenoid bioavailability; and international nutrition.

Amy Trentham Dietz, Professor of Population Health Sciences, Ph.D. Breast cancer prevention, early detection and outcomes.

Jan Peter van Pijkeren, Associate Professor of Food Science, Ph.D. Diet-Microbe-Phage interactions in the gut ecosystem and development of microbial therapeutics.

Corrine Voils, Professor of Surgery, Ph.D. Research focus on identifying behavioral strategies to increase long-term weight loss.

Shaneda Warren Andersen, Assistant Professor of Population Health Sciences, Ph.D. 2013. Social determinants, modifiable risk factors, and genetic variants work in concert to influence cancer risk.

Nathan V. Welham, Professor of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology, PhD. 2006. Vocal fold mucosal biology; head and neck disorders; regenerative medicine; retinoid biology; proteomics with a particular focus on extracellular matrix, protein turnover, & tissue remodeling.

Cara Westmark, Associate Professor of Neurology, Ph.D. 1995. Preclinical research on dietary effects on mouse models of neurological disease with a focus on fragile X syndrome, autism and Alzheimer’s disease.

Heather White, Associate Professor of Dairy Science, Ph.D. 2010. Nutritional Physiology – Focus on hepatic carbon flux specifically during the coordinated responses to the transition to lactation, nutrition, and stress in dairy cattle and during onset and progression of NAFLD and NASH in humans.

Eric Yen, Associate Professor of Nutritional Sciences, Ph.D. 2000. Intestine, assimilation of dietary fat, and energy balance.