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Research & Discovery


Our scientists use a variety of research techniques and model systems to understand now nutrient metabolism influences health and disease, bridging virtually all of the sciences which study human biology (e.g. anatomy, biochemistry, epidemiology, genetics, etc.).

Our program resides within University of Utah Health which maintains outstanding core facilities and a robust Center for Clinical and Translational Science.

Many of our faculty members maintain joint or adjunct appointments with the:



Holland, William PhD Diabetes, Adiponectin, Metabolic disease, Sphingolipids, Ceramide, Insulin Resistance, Beta Cell Failure, Metabolism, Type 2 Diabetes, Mellitus, Adipose, Adipokines, Glucose, Inflammation, Nutrition, Metabolism, Translational Research, Glucagon, Appetite, Satiety, Obesity
Jalili, Thunder PhD Heart, Nutrition, Flavonoids, Metabolism, Type 2 Diabetes, Vascular, Insulin Resistance
Boudina, Sihem PhD Obesity, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Insulin Resistance, Mitochondria
Jordan, Kristine PhD, RD Clinical Nutrition, Dietary Assessment, Nutrition Informatics, Obesity Prevention, Pediatric Nutrition
Martin, Jim PhD Neuromuscular function, Biomechanics, Muscular power, Fatigue, Modeling
Metos, Julie PhD, RD Community Engagement, Obesity Prevention, Diabetes Prevention, Adolescent Health, Public Health Nutrition
Playdon, Mary PhD, MPH Diet, nutrition, cancer, metabolism, metabolomics, biomarkers
Pon Velayutham, Anandh PhD Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome, Atherosclerosis, Vascular Disease, Dietary Flavonoids, Nutrition, Inflammation, Berry Anthocyanins, Gut Microbiome, Diet Derived Metabolites
Richardson, Russ PhD Vascular biology, muscle metabolism, aging, age-related disease, and mobility
Summers, Scott PhD Diabetes, Dyslipidemia, Metabolic Disease, Sphingolipids, Ceramide, Insulin Resistance, Beta Cell Failure
Symons, J. David PhD Diabetes, Metabolic Disease, Atherosclerosis, Vascular Function, Blood Pressure, Endothelial Cell Metabolism, Autophagy, Aging, Sphingolipid Metabolism, Cell Biology, Signal Transduction, Exercise, Nutrition, Metabolism, Translational Research
Drummond, Micah PhD Aging, Muscle, Rehab, Protein, Inactivity, Exercise, Metabolism, Insulin Resistance, Atrophy, Hypertrophy, Cell Singaling, Clinical
Funai, Katsu PhD Metabolism, Obesity, Diabetes, Mitochondria, Energy efficiency, Membrane Phospholipids, Exercise, Insulin sensitivity, Thermogenesis, Fatty-liver disease, Muscle
Joss-Moore, Lisa PhD Fetal lung development, Lipid driven signaling pathways, Epigenetics, Placenta, Fetal growth
Rutter, Jared PhD metabolic control, eukaryotic mitochondrial, cellular behaviors, metabolic pathways
Amann, Markus PhD Autonomic Control, Neuroscience, Fatigue, Cardiovascular Physiology
Donato, Anthony PhD Aging, Arteries, Microcirculation, Atherosclerosis, Inflammation, Oxidative Stress, Genomic Instability, Novel Therapeutics
Kishore, BK MD, PhD, MBA renal physiology,  pathophysiology and experimental therapeutics, NDI and diet-induced obesity.
Lai, Kent PhD Inborn Errors of Metabolism (IEM), Therapeutic Development, Rare Diseases, Animal Models, Galactosemia, Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation (CDG), Infertility/Subfertility, Cerebellar Ataxia
Lesniewski, Lisa PhD Aging, Obesity, Arteries, Atherosclerosis, Insulin Resistance, Inflammation
Schlegel, Amnon MD, PhD Alpha Cell, Diabetes, Dyslipidemia, Energy Metabolism, Glucagon, Glucose, Metabolism, Type 2 diabetes mellitus, Nutrition, Nutrition, Metabolism, Translational Research, Transcriptional Regulation
Trinity, Joel PhD Exercise, Vascular Function, Inactivity, Hypertension, Aging, Mitochondria, Oxidative Stress, Blood Flow, Nitric Oxide
Wray, D. Walter PhD Vascular Function, Heart Failure, Hypertension, Exercise Physiology, Autonomic Physiology, Sympathetic Nervous System, Oxidative Stress, Nitric Oxide, Blood Flow Regulation, Rehabilitative Medicine
Yang, Tianxin PhD  

 Note: The above faculty members may also serve as members of PhD committees