Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition

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In this research theme, attention is on metabolism of nutrients and bioactive food materials to elucidate mechanisms of action using genomics, sequencing, biomarker, and big data tools and analyses for health promotion, disease prevention, and survivorship.

Faculty researching this area:

Name Title Research Statement
Jaume Amengual Assistant Professor Nutrition and cardiovascular disease: Investigates the mechanisms of how carotenoids, lipids, and their metabolites interact to mediate atherosclerosis; studies structure and function of vitamin A to mitigate metabolic disease progression, primarily cardiovascular disease.
Jaume's Illinois Experts Research Output
Anna E. Arthur Assistant Professor Nutrition & Cancer Epidemiology and Survivorship: The influence of dietary patterns and energy balance on cancer recurrence, survival, and quality of life; dietary modulation of biomarkers of cancer progression and prognosis.
Anna's Illinois Experts Research Output
Hong Chen Associate Professor Nutrigenomics and epigenetics:  nutrient regulation of epigenetic modifications during human development and carcinogenesis.
Hong's Illinois Experts Research Output
Elvira de Mejia Professor Bioactive peptides and proteins in foods with health benefits focusing on reduction of inflammation, markers of type-2 diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular risk; functional properties of food components especially flavonoids in ethnic teas, herbs and berries.
Elvira's Illinois Experts Research Output
Sharon Donovan Professor Pediatric Nutrition: Human milk and neonatal intestinal development. Development of the microbiome and host-microbe interactions. Childhood obesity prevention. Determinants of picky eating and strategies to develop healthy eating habits.
Sharon's Illinois Experts Research Output
John Erdman, Jr. Professor Emeritus Bioactive Food Components and Carotenoids:  Dietary and non-dietary factors affecting absorption, utilization, and bioavailability of carotenoids; carotenoids and prostate cancer; soy and health; lutein and brain function.
John's Illinois Experts Research Output
William Helferich Professor Nutritional toxicology:  food safey and toxicology; effect of natural chemicals present in foods on chronic diseases such as breast cancer.
William's Illinois Experts Research Output
Hannah D. Holscher Assistant Professor Nutrition and the microbiome: dietary manipulation of the microbiome for disease prevention and treatment; clinical nutrition; host-microbe interactions; big data and bioinformatics. 
Hannah's Illinois Experts Research Output
Elizabeth Jeffery Professor Emerita Nutritional toxicology and functional foods:  anticarcinogenic and anti-inflammatory effects of non-nutritive dietary components, including isothiocyanates and indoles from broccoli.
Elizabeth's Illinois Experts Research Output
Zeynep Madak-Erdogan Associate Professor Nutrition, genomics, transcriptomics, cistromics, epigenetics, metabolomics, biomarker discovery, biosensors, molecular and physiological effects of phytochemicals present in food and natural and synthetic estrogens to resiliency to chronic diseases like metabolic syndrome and breast cancer, post-menopausal women’s health.
Zeynep's Illinois Experts Research Output
Manabu Nakamura Associate Professor Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition:  Function and metabolism of essential fatty acids in reproduction, inflammation and chronic diseases; transcriptional regulation of macronutrient metabolism; dietary weight loss and prevention of obesity.
Manabu's Illinois Experts Research Output
Yuan-Xiang Pan Assistant Professor Nutrigenomics and epigenetics:  nutrient-gene interaction and chronic diseases.
Yuan-Xiang's Illinois Experts Research Output
Matthew Stasiewicz Assistant Professor Food safety microbiology: persistence of bacterial foodborne pathogens; food safety risk assessment and management; applied genomics; international food safety, particularly mycotoxin control in cereals. 
Matthew's Illinois Experts Research Output