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Nutrition & Integrative Physiology Adjunct Faculty

Ademuyiwa Aromolaran PhD, FHRS, FAHA

Nora Eccles Treadwell Investigator / Associate Professor of Surgery - Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery 

(Office) 801-581-3095

CVRTI Building 500, Room 43

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Cardiac Electrophysiology, Ion Channels, Arrhythmias, Cellular Proarrhythmic Pathways, Sudden Cardiac Death, Cardiomyopathies, Channelopathies, Obesity, Diabetes, Inflammation, Pro-inflammatory Cytokines, Lipotoxicity, Translational Research.

TEACHING INTERESTS: Ion Channel Electrophysiology/Biology

Srinivasan Beddhu, MD

Chief - Renal Section, Salt Lake VA Healthcare System / Professor of Internal Medicine / Dialysis Research Foundation Presidential Endowed Chair / Clinical Research Medical Director, Department of Internal Medicine / University of Utah School of Medicine

(Office) 801-585-3810

Suite 360, 421 Wakara Way 
RESEARCH INTERESTS: Obesity, lifestyle, cardiovascular disease in people with chronic kidney disease. Research funded by NIH, VA, and industry. He has published over 150 papers and is on several national panels. He has a strong mentoring record with many of his mentees becoming independent investigators. 


Paul Bernstein, MD, PhD

Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences 

(Office) 801-581-2352

John A. Moran Eye Center, N5915
RESEARCH INTERESTS: Nutritional biochemistry of the visual system; carotenoids and very-long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (VLC-PUFAs) for the prevention and treatment of retinal disease throughout the lifespan.

Timothy A. Brusseau, PhD

Professor and Department Chair for Health & Kinesiology

(Office) 801-587-7900

HPER N, Room 252

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Physical Activity, Children, Youth, Schools, Interventions, Physical Fitness, Motor Skills Proficiency, Pedometers, Accelerometers




Owen Chan, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine

(Office) (801) 585-0444

15 North 2030 East, EIHG Building 533, Room 2420B

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Hypoglycemia, Hypoglycemia Unawareness, Type 1 Diabetes, Glucose Sensing, Neuronal Metabolism, Metabolism,  Pharmacotherapeutics, Glucose Metabolism, Neural Circuitry, Neuroendocrinology, Translational Research

Nathalie Chevreau, PhD, RD

Expert Witness / Regulatory Consultant for Dietary Supplements

(Office) 801-652-6035

RESEARCH INTERESTS:  Dietary Supplements, Product Development, Botanicals, Hemp, Functional Foods, Regulations Compliance






Adriana Coletta PhD, MS, RD

Assistant Professor Health and Kinesiology

(Office) 801-213-6012

HPER N, Room 237H 

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Exercise and nutrition interventions across the cancer care continuum to improve health outcomes

TEACHING INTERESTS: Exercise Physiology, Disease




Anthony Donato, PhD

Co-Director Translation Vascular Physiology Lab, Professor - Department of Internal Medicine (Geriatrics)

(Office) 801-582-1565 ext. 4237

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Aging, Inflammation, Oxidative Stress, Senescence, Vascular Biology, Drug Discovery/Development

TEACHING INTERESTS: Integrative Cardiovascular Physiology, Vascular Biology, Aging, Professional Skills




Stavros G. Drakos, MD, PhD, FACC

Professor - Internal Medicine / H.A and Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chair / Co-Chief - Heart Failure & Transplant / Medical Director - Mechanical Circulatory Support Director of Research for Division of Cardiovascular Medicine

(Office) 801-585-2340

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Metabolism, Heart Failure and Myocardial Recovery, Diabetes and Heart Disease, Muscle Atrophy/Hypertrophy, Aging, Exercise and Vascular Physiology, Translational Research



Micah J. Drummond, PhD

Director of Graduate Studies, Rehabilitation Sciences / Professor - Physical Therapy & Athletic Training

(Office) 801-587-7764

15 N 2030 E, Room 3150

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Aging, Skeletal Muscle, Immune Cells, Nutrition, Exercise, Muscles Disuse, Rehabilitation, Muscle Atrophy/Hypertrophy, Insulin Resistance




Caran Graves, MS, RDN

Clinical Instructor - Nutrition & Integrative Physiology

(Office) 801-581-2656

50 N Medical Drive, SOM, Room B309

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Burn wound, Malnutrition, Nutrition-Support Related, Order-writing

TEACHING INTERESTS: Nutrition Support, Burn & Wound, Malnutrition, Order-writing


Tanya M. Halliday, PhD, RD

Assistant Professor - Nutrition Integrative Physiology

(Office) 801-213-1364

HPER N, Room 212

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Appetite Regulation, Lifestyle Intervention, Eating Behaviors, Weight Loss Maintenance, Metabolic Disease Prevention and Treatment, Prediabetes



Sheetal Hardikar, PhD, MBBS

Assistant Professor - Population Health Sciences

(Office) 801-213-6238

200 Circle of Hope, Room 4711

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Novel Molecular and Genetic Biomarkers, Gastrointestinal Cancers, Chronic Conditions, Cancer Screening Through Risk Stratification




Kelli Horton, MPH

Clinical Instructor - Nutrition & Integrative Physiology / Chief, Nutrition & Food Services - U.S. Department

(Office) 801-581-6730


Lisa Joss-Moore, PhD

Assistant Professor (Lecturer) - Nutrition & Integrative Physiology, Research Professor - Pediatrics

(Office) 801-587-7486

295 Chipeta Way

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Epigenetics, Lipid Metabolism, Lung Development, Metabolism, Nutrition, Sex Divergence


Elizabeth Joy, MD, MPH

Clinical Instructor - Nutrition & Integrative Physiology / Adjunct Professor - Family & Preventive Medicine

(Office) 801-585-9075

Live Well Center

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Exercise, Health and Exercise, Women's Health, Eating Disorders, Musculoskeletal Medicine, Physical Activity


Gabrielle Kardon, PhD

Adjunct Professor - Nutrition & Integrative Physiology, Professor - Human Genetics 

(Office) 801-585-6184

EIHG, Room 6110A

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Muscle Development, Regneration, Homeostasis, Muscle Stem Cells and Connective Tissue Fibroblasts (FAPS)


Kent Lai, PhD

Adjunct Professor - Nutrition & Integrative Physiology / Professor - Pediatrics

(Office) 801-581-4510

295 Chipeta Way

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Therapeutic Development, Inborn Error of Metabolism, Genetic Disorders, Galactosemia, Mouse Models of Human Diseases 


Lisa Lesniewski, PhD

Professor - Department of Internal Medicine

(Office) 801-582-1565 ext 2046

VA Medical Center, GRECC Building 2, Room 2D08

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Aging, Obesity, Atherosclerosis, Inflammation, Oxidative Stress, Vascular Biology

TEACHING INTERESTS: Integrative Cardiovascular Physiology, Vascular Biology, Aging, Professional Skills

Janet E. Lindsley, PhD

Adjunct Professor - Nutrition & Integrative Physiology / Professor - Biochemistry / Assistant Dean of Curriculum

(Office) 801-581-2797

EEJMRB, Room 3730

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Student Learning, Student Assessment Methods, Student Identity Perceptions

TEACHING INTERESTS: Macronutrient Metabolism, Metabolism and Nutrition Related Diseases, Active Learning Strategies

Staci McIntosh, MS, RDN, COI

Adjunct Assistant Professor (Lecturer) - Nutrition & Integrative Physiology / Director of Teaching and Learning (NUIP) / Adjunct Assistant Professor - College of Nursing

TEACHING INTERESTS: Nutrition and Nursing Education, Evidence-based Practices in Pedagogy for Higher Education



Nicole L. Mihalopoulos, MD, MPH

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Nutrition & Integrative Physiology / Adjunct Associate Professor - Internal Medicine / Associate Professor - Pediatrics

(Office) 801-213-4128

295 Chipeta Way

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Obesity, Heart Disease Risk Factors, Menstrual Management, Transgender Healthcare, Eating Disorders



Maureen A. Murtaugh, PhD, RDN

Adjunct Associate Professor - Nutrition & Integrative Physiology / Adjunct Professor - Population Health Sciences / Professor - Internal Medicine

(Office) 801-585-9216

295 Chipeta  Way, Suite 1n402

TEACHING INTERESTS: Dietary Patterns, Obesity, Chronic Disease, Gastrointestinal Disorders




Joseph Alexander Palatinus, MD, PhD

Adjunct Associate Professor - Nutrition & Integrative Physiology / Assistant Professor of Medicine- Division of Cardiovascular Disease / Investigator- Molecular Medicine Program / Nora Eccles Harrison Cardiovascular Research and Training Institute

(Office) 801-587-9535

95 S 2000 E Room 207 D




Gale S. Rudolph, PhD

Adjunct Professor - Nutrition and Integrative Physiology

(Office) 801-921-3210

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Food Industry R&D, Product Development, Nutritional Value of Food Products, Labeling



Jared Rutter, PhD

Adjunct Professor - Nutrition & Integrative Physiology / Distinguished Professor - Department of Biochemistry

(Office) 801-581-3340


RESEARCH INTERESTS: Metabolism, Mitochondria, Cancer, Signaling, Allostery


Susan Saffel-Shrier, MS, RD, CD, Cert. Gerontologist

Adjunct Professor - Nutrition & Integrative Physiology, Professor - Family & Preventive Medicine

(Office) 801-560-7875

375 Chipeta Way, Suite A

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Gerontology, Geriatric, Malnutrition, Older Adults

TEACHING INTERESTS:  Gerontology, Geriatric, Malnutrition, Older Adults

Amnon Schlegel

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

(Office) 801-585-7030

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Alpha Cell, Diabetes, Dyslipidemia, Energy Metabolism, Glucagon, Glucose, Metabolism, Type 2 diabetes mellitus, Nutrition, Nutrition, Metabolism, Translational Research, Transcriptional Regulation

Janet M. Shaw, PhD, FACSM

Adjunct Associate Professor - Nutrition & Integrative Physiology / Professor - Health-Kinesiology / Assistant Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs, College of Health

(Office) 801-585-5107

HPER N, Room 206

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Women's Health, Physical Activity, Pelvic Floor, Exercise, Intra-Abdominal Pressure


Yan-Ting Shiu, Ph.D.

Professor - Internal Medicine

(Office) 801-582-1565 ext 1704

295 Chipeta Way, Suite 4000

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Cardiovascular Disease, Chronic Kidney Disease, Metabolic Disorder, Hemodialysis, Vascular Access


Kristine Spence, MS, RDN

Associate Lectuctor - Nutrition & Integrative Physiology


HPER W, Room 108F

TEACHING INTERESTS: Integrated Communications



Traci Thompson, MS, CSCS, ACSM HFD

Associate Professor - Health & Kinesiology / Director - PEAK Health & Fitness

(Office) 801-585-7325

HPER E, Room 217

TEACHING INTERESTS: Fitness, Wellness Coaching, Health Education 



Joel D. Trinity, PhD

Adjunct Professor - Nutrition & Integrative Physiology / Research Associate Professor - Internal Medicine 

(Office) 801-582-1565 ext 1794

VA Medical Center, Bldg 2, Room 1C07

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Cardiovascular Physiology, Exercise & Aging, Hypertension, Blood Flow, Nitric Oxide, Endothelium Vascular 


Stacie Wing-Gaia, PhD, RDN, CSSD

Adjunct Associate Professor- Nutrition & Integrative Physiology

(Office) 801-581-5417






D. Walter Wray, Ph.D

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

(Office) 801-582-1565

500 Foothill Drive

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Vascular Function, Exercise Physiology, Aging, Muscle Blood Flow, Heart Failure, Autonomic Physiology 


Tianxin Yang

Adjunct Professor - Nutrition & INtegrative Physiology / Professor - Internal Medicine

(Office) 801-585-5570