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Tenure Track Faculty

Nutrition & Integrative Physiology Tenure Track Faculty

Sihem Boudina, PhD

Associate Professor - Nutrition & Integrative Physiology / Adjunct Associate Professor - Biochemistry 

(Office) 801-585-6833

EIGH, Room 3410b

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Obesity, Cardiovascular Disease, Autophagy, Adipose Progenitors, Oxidative Stress, Mitochondria

TEACHING INTERESTS: Metabolic Regulation, Cardiovascular Physiology, Energy Balance


Amandine Chaix, PhD

Assistant Professor - Nutrition & Integrative Physiology 

(Office) 801-646-4839

EIHG, Room 3140

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Circadian Rhythms, Circadian Clock, Dietary Interventions, Time-Restricted Feeding, Metabolism, Cardiometabolic Disease, Nutrient Sensing




William Holland, PhD

Assistant Professor - Nutrition & Integrative Physiology / Adjunct Assistant Professor - Internal Medicine

(Office) 801-581-3688

EIHG, Room 3110

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Diabetes, Adiponectin, Metabolic Disease, Sphingolipids, Ceramide, Insulin Resistance, Beta Cell Failure, Metabolism, Type 2 Diabetes, Mellitus, Adipose, Adipokines, Glucose, Inflammation, Nutrition, Metabolism, Translational Glucagon, Appetite, Satiety, Obesity


Thunder Jalili, PhD

Professor, Director of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies - Nutrition & Integrative Physiology

(Office) 801-585-0399

HPER N, Room 224F

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Cardiovascular Disease, Phytochemicals, Diabetes, Metabolism

TEACHING INTERESTS: Undergraduate and Graduate General Nutrition and Healthy Eating, Macronutrient Metabolism, Nutrition for Chronic Disease Prevention, Cellular Nutrient Metabolism

Kristine Jordan, PhD, MPH, RD

Associate Professor, Program Director, Coordinated Master's Program in Nutrition and Dietetics - Nutrition & Integrative Physiology

(Office) 801-585-3218

HPER N, Room 213

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Clinical Nutrition, Dietary Assessment, Educational Scholarship, Nutrition Informatics, Pediatric Nutrition

TEACHING INTERESTS: Active Learning, Case Studies, Problem-solving Skills, Simulations, Team-Based Learning

Jim Martin, PhD

Associate Professor - Nutrition & Integrative Physiology

(Office) 801-587-7704

HPER W, Room 122

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Neuromuscular Function, Biomechanics, Muscular Power, Fatigue, Modeling





Mary Playdon, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor - Nutrition and Integrative Physiology / University of Utah Investigator / Huntsman Cancer Institute

(Office) 801-213-6264

HCI Research South, Room 4511

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Diet, Nutrition, Cancer, Metabolism, Metabolomics, Biomarkers

TEACHING INTERESTS: Nutritional and Cancer Epidemiology

Anandh Babu Pon Velayutham, PhD

Associate Professor - Nutrition & Integrative Physiology

(Office) 801-581-8376

HPER N Room 224F

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Dietary Flavonoids, Berry Anthocyanins, Diet Derived Metabolites, Vascular Diseases, Endothelial Inflammation, Endothelial Function, Gut Microbiome, Atherosclerois, Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome

TEACHING INTERESTS: Macronutrient Metabolism, Nutrition Biochemistry, Nutrition and Health

Russell Richardson, PhD

Professor - Nutrition & Integrative Physiology, Internal Medicine, Kinesiology / Associate Director for Research, Geriatric, Research, Education and Clinical Center - Salt Lake City VAMC

(Office) 801-582-1565


RESEARCH INTERESTS: Vascular biology, muscle metabolism, aging, age-related disease, and mobility


Scott A. Summers, PhD

Professor and Chair - Nutrition & Integrative Physiology / Co-Director - Diabetes and Metabolism Research Center

(Office) 801-587-7628

EIHG, Room 3110B


RESEARCH INTERESTS: Metabolism, Lipotoxicity, Lipid Metabolism, Ceramides, Metabolic Syndrom

TEACHING INTERESTS: Metabolic Basis of Disease, Research Communication




J. David Symons, PhD

Professor - Nutrition & Integrative Physiology / Adjunct Professor - Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Diabetes / Investigator - Molecular Medicine Program

(Phone) 435-659-7805

EIHG, Room 3420

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Determining the impact of: (i) aging; (ii) endothelial cell autophagy; (iii) sphingolipid metabolism; (iv) polyphenolic compounds; (v) the intestinal microbiome; (vi) disturbed flow associated with arteriovenous fistula development; and (vii) acute and chronic exercise, on endothelial cell metabolism. Preclinical and clinical experimental models are used.

TEACHING INTERESTS: Cardiovascular Physiology, Vascular Physiology, Endothelial Cell Metabolism, Exercise Physiology