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Metabolism and Nutritional Programming

Overview

Department of Metabolism and Nutritional Programming

Every aspect of life is fueled by metabolism, a constant cascade of chemical reactions that ensure we have the energy to survive and thrive. But sometimes things go wrong, depriving our cells of the energy and resources required for healthy function.

Scientists in VAI’s Department of Metabolism and Nutritional Programming explore the intricate mechanics of cellular metabolism and their implications for health and in disease. Using cutting-edge techniques, they investigate metabolism’s interaction with other critical systems, such as the immune system, and are revealing how environmental exposures and metabolic dysfunction contribute to complex diseases such as diabetes, autoimmunity, cancer and neurodegeneration. They’re also parsing the ripple effect that nutrition may have through the generations, exploring how our diets could lay the epigenetic foundations for the health of our descendants.

By developing a detailed understanding of metabolism and how it is impacted by nutrition, genetics and epigenetics, VAI scientists aim to develop metabolism-based therapies and interventions with the ultimate goal of improving human health.

Our Faculty

Russell Jones, Ph.D. (Department Chair)

Chair and Professor, Department of Metabolism and Nutritional Programming

Chair and Professor, Department of Metabolism and Nutritional Programming

Connie Krawczyk, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Metabolism and Nutritional Programming

Immunology, Epigentics and Metabolism

Adelheid Lempradl, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Metabolism and Nutritional Programming

Intergenerational Inheritance of Nutritional States

Sara Nowinski, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Metabolism and Nutritional Programming

Ning Wu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Metabolism and Nutritional Programming

Signaling and Metabolism

Affiliate Faculty Members

Brian Haab, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Epigenetics

Cancer Immunodiagnostics

J. Andrew Pospisilik, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor, Department of Epigenetics

Epigenetic Origins of Heterogeneity and Disease

Tim Triche, Jr., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Epigenetics

Translational Biological Informatics

METABOLISM AND NUTRITIONAL PROGRAMMING STAFF

Michelle Minard, B.S.

Senior Administrative Assistant II

METABOLOMICS AND BIOENERGETICS CORE

Carlos Castello, B.A.

Metabolomics and Bioenergetics Core

Abigail Ellis, B.S.

Metabolomics and Bioenergetics Core

Christine Isaguirre, B.S.

Ryan Sheldon, Ph.D.

Metabolomics and Bioenergetics Core

Recent Publications

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  • 171 studies published from Nov. 1, 2020 to Oct. 1, 2021
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  • 41 clinical trials launched
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