Nutrition Graduate Faculty Research Interests

TIFFANY R. BECKMAN, M.D.
1998, University of Minnesota, M.P.H., 2003
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Endocrine Division, University of Minnesota
MMC 101, 420 Delaware St. SE, Minneapolis, MN, 55455
Tel: 612-626-9329
Fax: 612-626-3133
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Enrolled Member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. Clinical research in the areas of obesity, neuroendocrine regulation of appetite, nutrient sensing in the brain and satiety, hormonal changes after bariatric surgery, with a special interest in obesity in American Indians.  

CHARLES J. BILLINGTON, M.D.
1975, University of Kansas
Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Minnesota, Division of Endocrinology & Diabetes
MMC 101, 420 Delaware St. SE, Minneapolis MN 55455
Tel: 612-625-9231
Fax: 612-725-2273
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Brain regulation of appetite and body weight. Obesity pathophysiology and treatment. 

TERI L. BURGESS-CHAMPOUX, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.
2006, University of Minnesota
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science & Nutrition, University of Minnesota
Program Director, Health & Nutrition Special Projects University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development
441 Coffey Hall, 1420 Eckles Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108
Tel: 612-626-4396 and 612-597-7173
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Nutrition education research. Application of behavior change theory to evaluate environmental influences of eating behavior. Child and adolescent obesity prevention. 

TAMMY BUTTERICK, Ph.D.
2009 University of Minnesota, Dept. of Pharmacology
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dept. of Food Science and Nutrition
168 FScN, 1334 Eckles Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108
Tel: 612-467-3309
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Research Scientist, Minneapolis VA Health Care System; Minnesota Obesity Neuroscience Lab Group-UMN
Mailing and Contact Address: 1 Veteran's Drive Minneapolis, MN 55417.
Office location: GRECC, 4L-117, Lab location: 4P-126.
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Studying the neuroscience of obesity using both in vitro and in vivo model systems. Understanding signaling pathways of neuropeptides and cellular mechanisms mediating energy balance. 

CHI CHEN, Ph.D.
2004, Rutgers University
Assistant Professor; Dept of Food Science and Nutrition
330 ABLMS, 1354 Eckles Avenue, St Paul, MN 55108
Tel: 612-624-7704
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Application of the mass spectrometry-based metabolomics to investigate the mechanisms of diseases and metabolic events associated with food, nutrients and xenobiotics. 

XIAOLI CHEN, Ph.D.
1998, University of Georgia
Assistant Professor and General Mills Chair in Genomics for Healthful Foods, Dept. of Food Science and Nutrition
139 FScN, 1334 Eckles Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108
Tel: 612-626-1220
Fax: 612-625-5272
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The endocrine role of adipose tissue in linking obesity to insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. Molecular mechanisms of dietary effects on insulin sensitivity. Dietary modulation of adipose tissue remodeling and function. 

MARGO P. CLEARY, Ph.D.
1976, Columbia University
Professor, Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota
801 - 16th Avenue N.E., Austin, MN 55912
Tel: 507-437-9655
Fax: 507-437-9606
Email: clear007@umn.edu or mpcleary@hi.umn.edu
Nutrition and Metabolism. Regulation of body weight. Consequences of dietary and pharmacological intervention on body weight. Body weight and breast cancer/mammary tumor development. 

SCOTT J. CROW, M.D.
1988, University of Minnesota School of Medicine
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
F290/2AW 2450 Riverside Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Tel: 612-273-9807
Fax: 612-273-9779
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Psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy treatments for eating disorders and obesity; diagnostic classification and outcome of eating disorders; binge eating in obese individuals. 

A. SAARI CSALLANY, D.Sc.
1970, University of Technical Sciences, Budapest, Hungary
Professor, Dept. of Food Science and Nutrition
148 FScN, 1334 Eckles Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108
Tel: 612-624-3683
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Effect of free radicals and active oxygen species on lipid peroxidation and degradation in animal and human tissues, and their relation to dietary and environmental factors. Functions of vitamin E and other antioxidants and antioxidant enzymes. 

SARAH CUSICK, Ph.D.
2005, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Assistant Professor, Division of Global Pediatrics
717 Delaware St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Tel: 612-625-8549,
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CARRIE P. EARTHMAN, Ph.D., R.D.
1999, University of Arizona
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Food Science and Nutrition
269 FScN, 1334 Eckles Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108
Tel: 612-624-9278
Fax: 612-625-5272
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Clinical nutrition and medical nutrition therapy. Energy metabolism and body composition in clinical populations. Human clinical studies investigating repletion and monitoring of body cell mass in HIV infection, and other diseases associated with wasting. Nutritional issues with bariatric surgery. 

DANIEL D. GALLAHER, Ph.D.
1984, University of California, Davis
Professor, Dept. of Food Science and Nutrition
169 FScN, 1334 Eckles Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108
Tel: 612-624-0746
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Dietary influences on colon cancer, particularly whole grains, cruciferous vegetables, and dietary fats. Effect of viscous dietary fibers and dietary fat on bile acid and cholesterol metabolism and body composition. Whole grains and diabetes. 

MYRON D. GROSS, Ph.D.
1985, University of Minnesota
Associate Professor, Dept. of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, and Adjunct Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology
MMC 609, 420 Delaware Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Tel: 612-624-5417
Fax: 612-273-6994
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Antioxidants, oxidative damage, and cardiovascular disease. Biomarkers of dietary intake and nutritional status. Micronutrients in health and disease. Dietary factors in breast and pancreatic cancer. Genetic susceptibility in cancer and cardiovascular disease. 

LISA J. HARNACK, Ph.D., R.D.
1996, University of California at Berkeley
Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology
1300 South 2nd Street, Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Tel: 612-626-9398
Fax: 612-624-0315
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Dietary assessment methodology. Nutrition and chronic disease prevention. Nutrition and cancer. 

CRAIG A. HASSEL, Ph.D.
1986, University of Arizona
Associate Professor, Dept. of Food Science and Nutrition
164 FScN, 1334 Eckles Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108
Tel: 612-624-7288
Fax: 612-625-5272
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Cross-cultural engagement with underserved audiences having their own knowledge of food and health that does not correspond to scientific understandings. 

SATYA S. JONNALAGADDA, Ph.D., R.D.
1992, Virginia Tech
Director of Global Nutrition at Kerry Inc.
1 Millington Rd. Beloit, WI 53511
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Benefits associated with whole grains, specifically cardiovascular disease, weight management and digestive health. 

FEKADU KASSIE, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Masonic Cancer Center
425 E River Rd Minneapolis, MN 55455
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Tel: 612-625-9637
Assessing, using molecular and cellular approaches and preclinical models, the cancer preventive activities of nutritional and non-nutritional agents, identifying their molecular targets and further development of promising chemopreventive agents in clinical studies. 

CATHERINE M. FAIRHURST KOTZ, Ph.D.
1993, University of Minnesota
Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Food Science and Nutrition, and Research Scientist, V.A. Medical Center, Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center
11G, One Veterans Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55417
Tel: 612-467-3312
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Our laboratory focuses on brain sites and substrates mediating energy balance. These investigations involve study of neuropeptides that regulate feeding behavior and energy expenditure, including physical activity. Orexin (hypocretin) is a neuropeptide located in the lateral hypothalamus that affects feeding, sleep patterns and spontaneous physical activity, all of which have an important impact on body weight control. We also study rat models of obesity resistance during aging. The techniques we use include stereotaxic surgery, immunohistochemistry, food intake measurements, physical activity chamber measurements, indirect calorimetry, radioimmunoassay and molecular biology procedures. 

MINDY S. KURZER, Ph.D.
1984, University of California, Berkeley
Professor, Dept. of Food Science and Nutrition
266 FScN, 1334 Eckles Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108
Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute Director
Tel: 612-624-9789
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Dietary regulation of sex hormones. Plant estrogen (soy) and catechin (green tea) exposure and effects. Diet, exercise, cancer, and breast cancer prevention. 

THEODORE P. LABUZA, Ph.D.
1964, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Professor, Dept. of Food Science and Nutrition
Tel: 612-624-9701
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Physical chemistry of foods as related to water activity, glass transition and stability. Kinetics of food deterioration and shelf life prediction models. Process Analytical Technology for the food industry. Use of X-ray crystallography, Differential Scanning Calorimetry and Dynamic Mechanical Thermal Analysis to study physical state changes (amorphous glass, rubbery, crystalline) in foods. 

JILLIAN K. LAMPERT, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., L.D.
2003, University of Minnesota
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dept. of Food Science and Nutrition, and Director, Education, Research and Program Development, The Emily Program
2550 University Ave W, Suite 314N, St. Paul, MN 55114
Tel: 651- 379-6133
Fax: 651-647-5135
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Eating disorder treatment outcomes, sports involvement and disordered eating. Complementary and alternative medicine techniques in eating disorder treatment. Eating disorder prevention and education. 

NICOLE LARSON, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D.
2007, University of Minnesota
Research Associate, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health
1300 South Second Street, Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Tel: 612-625-5881
Fax: 612- 624-0315
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Child and adolescent nutrition. School and neighborhood food environments. Obesity prevention. Survey development. Community-based based nutrition interventions. 

MELISSA NELSON LASKA, Ph.D., R.D.
2005, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Assistant Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health
1300 South Second Street, Suite 300,Minneapolis, MN 55454
Tel: 612-624-8832
Fax: 612-624-0315
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Nutrition and physical activity epidemiology. Environmental and behavioral determinants of excess weight gain. Obesity prevention in adolescents and young adults. 

ARTHUR S. LEON, M.D., M.S.
1957, (Biochemistry), 1954, University of Wisconsin
Henry L. Taylor Professor in Exercise Science and Health Enhancement, Dept. of Kinesiology and Leisure Studies, Division of Kinesology, College of Education & Human Development
Room 202 Cooke Hall, 1900 University Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Tel: 612- 624-8271
Fax: 612-626-9765
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Effects of exercise on coronary risk factors. 

ALLEN S. LEVINE, Ph.D.
1977, University of Minnesota
Professor, Depts. of Food Science and Nutrition, Psychiatry, Medicine, and Neuroscience
225 FScN, 1334 Eckles Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108
Tel: 612-624-3224
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Neuropeptidergic regulation of food intake and energy expenditure. 

LEN MARQUART, Ph.D., R.D.
1986, University of North Carolina
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Food Science & Nutrition
267 FScN, 1334 Eckles Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108
Tel: 612-624-3255
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Whole grains and health. Consumer understanding and factors influencing dietary intake of whole grain foods. 

DOUGLAS G. MASHEK, Ph.D.
2003, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Associate Professor, Biochem,Molec Biol,Biophy
420 Washington Ave SE, 7- 124 Mcb 267, Minneapolis, MN 55455-0372
Tel: 612-626-2904
Fax: 612-625-5272
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Hepatic and whole-body lipid and energy metabolism as they relate to the development of metabolic diseases. 

MARILYN S. (SUSIE) NANNEY, PhD, MPH, RD
2004, Saint Louis University School of Public Health, Behavioral Science and Community Health Education
Assistant Professor, Dept. Family Medicine and Community Health, Program in Health Disparities Research
717 Delaware Street, SE, Suite 166, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Tel: 612 626-6794
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Research interests include obesity prevention through nutrition environment and policy approaches, school wellness, community based dietary interventions, and food insecurity/hunger. 

DIANNE NEUMARK-SZTAINER, Ph.D., M.P.H, R.D.
1993, Hebrew University-Hadassah, Jerusalem, Israel
Professor, Division of Epidemiology & Community Health
1300 South 2nd Street, Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Tel: 612-624-0880
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Adolescent health and nutrition. Psychosocial factors influencing eating behaviors. Obesity and eating disorder prevention. 

DANIEL J. O’SULLIVAN Ph.D
1990, University College Cork, Ireland
Associate Professor, Dept. of Food Science and Nutrition
262 FScN, 1334 Eckles Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108
Tel: 612-624-5335
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Molecular analysis of beneficial traits of bacteria used in foods. Studying novel antimicrobial compounds produced by food grade bacteria. Strong interest in probiotic bacteria; specifically, trying to understand what features of bifidobacteria are necessary for competitive survival in the human large intestine. 

SUSAN K. RAATZ, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D.
1996, University of Minnesota
Research Nutritionist, USDA, ARS, Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center, Grand Forks, ND
Tel: 701-795-8294
Fax 701-795-8230
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Clinical nutrition research. Obesity. Diabetes. Body composition. Dietary effects on lipid metabolism. Effect of omega-3 fatty acids on disease risk. Dietary intake assessment. 

MARLA M. REICKS, Ph.D., R.D.
1985, Iowa State University
Professor, Dept. of Food Science and Nutrition
168 FScN, 1334 Eckles Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108
Tel: 612-624-4735
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Nutrition education research and programming for limited resource audiences. Application of behavior change theory to improve eating patterns.  

MARY K. SCHMIDL, Ph.D.
1978, Cornell University
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science and Nutrition
409 Vadnais Lake Drive, Vadnais Heights, MN 55127
Tel: 612-481-9216
Fax 612-483-3302
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Medical foods, functional foods, and dietary supplements and their role and relationship for health, disease, weight control and trauma states. 

ALICE C. SHAPIRO, Ph.D., R.D., L.N.
1992, Tufts University
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Division of Epidemiology, and Nutrition Research Scientist, Oncology Research Program, Park Nicollet Institute
3800 Park Nicollet Blvd., Minneapolis, MN 55416
Tel: 952-993-0057
Fax: 952-993-9300
Email: shapia@parknicollet.com or shapi013@umn.edu
National multi-center clinical trials evaluating the effects of nutrition on cancer incidence and recurrence, especially fat and breast cancer recurrence (WINS), and vitamin E and selenium on prostate cancer incidence (SELECT). Representation of medically underserved populations in clinical trials. The role of nutrition in reducing the harmful side effects of cancer therapies. 

SHALAMAR SIBLEY, M.D.
1991, University of Tennessee, M.P.H
Associate Professor of Medicine, Endocrine Division, University of Minnesota
Box 101 Mayo, 420 Delaware St. SE, Minneapolis, MN, 55455
Tel: 612-624-5150
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Clinical research in the areas of obesity, diabetes and their complications, with a special interest in the role of visceral adiposity-related renin-angiotensin system abnormalities and early renal injury. 

JOANNE L. SLAVIN, Ph.D., R.D.
1981, University of Wisconsin
Professor, Dept. of Food Science and Nutrition
166 FScN, 1334 Eckles Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108
Tel: 612-624-7234
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Human feeding studies including dietary fiber, carbohydrates, and whole grains. Measurement of biological markers relevant to disease prevention. 

CHERY SMITH, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D.
1994, Indiana University
Associate Professor, Department of Food Science and Nutrition
161 FScN, 1334 Eckles Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108
Tel: 612-624-2217
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Community nutrition, international nutrition, and population biology. How changes in environment, age, socioeconomic status, and time influence the nutritional status, dietary intake, and health of selected populations. Food pathways. Work primarily with minority populations (Asian, Black Americans, and Native American) and international communities (Sherpas and other global populations). 

PATRICIA L. SPLETT, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D.
1990, University of Minnesota
Adjunct Associate Professor, Dept. of Food Science & Nutrition, and Evaluation Consultant, Splett & Associates
3219 Midland Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55110
Tel: 651-779-0554
Fax: 651-770-2165
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Effectiveness of community nutrition interventions. Validation of nutrition practice guidelines. Applying evidence-based medicine to dietetics. 

LYN M. STEFFEN, PhD, M.P.H., R.D.
1998, University of Texas School of Public Health, MPH, RD, 1986, University of Minnesota School of Public Health
Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health
1300 South Second Street, Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Tel: 612-625-9307
Fax: 612-624-0315
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Nutritional epidemiology. Dietary intake methodology. Epidemiology of cardiovascular disease, stroke, obesity, and metabolic syndrome. 

DAVID D. THOMAS, Ph.D.
1975, Stanford University
William F. Dietrich Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics
5-124 Nils Hasselmo Hall, 312 Church St., Minneapolis, MN 55455
Tel 612-625-0957
Fax: 612-624-0632
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Structural dynamics of muscle proteins using spectroscopic probes. Therapeutic development for heart failure, muscular dystrophy, and diabetes. 

SABRINA TRUDO, Ph.D., R.D.
2005, University of Washington
Associate Professor, AFLS-Human Environ Science, University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701
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Effects of bioactive food components on carcinogen metabolism (biotransformation or detoxification enzymes). Influence of genetics on carcinogen metabolism and response to dietary intervention. 

CHUAN FENG WANG, M.D., Ph.D.
1998, University of Minnesota
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dept. of Food Science and Nutrition, and Research Scientist, V.A. Medical Center
One Veterans Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55417
Tel: 612-467-5543
Fax: 612-725-2093
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Central regulation of energy balance. Role of brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in the hypothalamus on energy intake and expenditure. The mechanisms via which BDNF regulates energy balance.