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Members

Wei Bao, MD, PhD


Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
wei-bao@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Maternal obesity, gestational diabetes, childhood obesity, life course, transgenerational effects, dietary pattern, environmental obesogen, endocrine disruptor

Dr. Barbara Baquero

Barbara Baquero, PhD, MPH


Associate Professor of Community and Behavioral Health
barbara-baquero@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Design, implementation, and evaluation of community-based interventions for obesity and chronic disease prevention and control

Gail Bishop, PhD


Professor of Microbiology & Internal Medicine
gail-bishop@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Role of inflammation & immune cells; interaction with microbiome

Ryan Boudreau, PhD


Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine
ryan-boudreau@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Post-transcriptional gene regulation and novel genes in diabetes and obesity

Charles Brenner, PhD

Charles Brenner, PhD


Professor & DEO of Biochemistry, Professor of Internal Medicine
charles-brenner@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Accelerating metabolism with nicotinamide riboside

Trudy Burns, PhD


Professor of Epidemiology
trudy-burns@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Muscatine Study Longitudinal Body Habitus and Adult CV Outcomes

Lucas Carr, PhD


Associate Professor of Health and Human Physiology
lucas-carr@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Behavioral interventions to prevent and treat obesity

Darren Casey, PhD


Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
darren-casey@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Obesity and Vascular Health

Mark Chapleau, PhD


Professor of Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine & Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
mark-chapleau@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Neural mechanisms in obesity hypertension

Huxing Cui, PhD


Assistant Professor of Pharmacology
huxing-cui@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Brain control of appetite, metabolism and cardiovascular function

Vanessa Curtis, MD


Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics - Endocrinology and Diabetes
vanessa-curtis@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Clinical pediatric obesity program

Brandon Davies, PhD


Assistant Professor of Biochemistry
brandon-davies@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Regulation of Vascular Triglcyeride Metabolism

Jess Fiedorowicz, MD, PhD


AssociateProfessor of Psychiatry, Internal Medicine, and Epidemiology
jess-fiedorowicz@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Obesity and cardiometabolic disease related to psychiatric disorders and treatments thereof, clinical management of weight and obesity-related complications

David Frisvold, PhD

Associate Professor of Economics
david-frisvold@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Understanding how policy interventions influence obesity-related behavior

Justin L. Grobe, PhD

Justin Grobe, PhD

Associate Professor of Pharmacology
justin-grobe@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Neural control of cardiometabolic function, and quantifying anaerobic metabolism

Ruth Grossmann, RN, MNHP, PhD

Assistant Professor of Nursing
ruth-grossmann@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Metabolomic and the microbiome analyses in nutrition interventions

Chad Grueter, PhD

Chad Grueter, PhD

Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine
chad-grueter@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Cardiac transcriptional regulation of metabolism

A. Kim Johnson, PhD

Alan Kim Johnson, PhD

F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor of Physiological & Brain Sciences
alan-johnson@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Salt Craving; Obesity-Induced Sensitization of the Hypertensive Response

Aloysius Klingelhutz , PhD


Professor of Microbiology & Radiation Oncology
al-klingelhutz@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Environmental/bacterial toxins in adipose dysfunction and diabetes

Anne Kwitek, PhD


Associate Professor of Pharmacology & Internal Medicine
anne-kwitek@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Identifying genetic factors for hypertension, obesity, and metabolic syndrome

Kathryn Lamping, PhD


Associate Professor of Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine & Pharmacology
kathryn-lamping@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Effect of dietary fatty acids on vascular function

Helena Laroche, MD


Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
helena-laroche@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Community and family approaches to obesity prevention

Vitor Lira, PhD


Assistant Professor of Health and Human Physiology
vitor-lira@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Skeletal and cardiac muscle function and metabolism

Allyn Mark, MD

Allyn Mark, MD


Professor of Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine
allyn-mark@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Neural and humoral mechanisms of obesity-induced hypertension

Mohamad Mokadem, MD

Mohamad Mokadem, MD


Clinical Associate Professor of Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology and Hepatology
mohamad-mokadem@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Understanding the regulatory mechanism of gastric bypass on energy and glucose metabolism

Peter Nau, MD, MS


Clinical Associate Professor - Bariatric, Gastrointestinal, and Minimally-Invasive Surgeon
peter-nau@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Outcomes in bariatric surgery

Andrew Norris, MD, PhD


Professor of Pediatrics - Endocrinology and Diabetes & Biochemistry
andrew-norris@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Developmental aspects of insulin resistance

Gary Pierce, PhD


Associate Professor of Health and Human Physiology
gary-pierce@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Mechanisms and interventions for vascular dysfunction in human obesity, aging, anxiety, hypertension, prediabetes

Linnea Polgreen, PhD

Linnea Polgreen, PhD


Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Science
linnea-polgreen@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Food preferences and encouraging exercise

Matthew Potthoff, PhD


Associate Professor of Pharmacology
matthew-potthoff@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Regulation of Nutrient Metabolism and Energy Homeostasis

Kamal Rahmouni, PhD


Professor of Pharmacology & Internal Medicine
kamal-rahmouni@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Neural Control of Metabolism in Health and Disease

Robert Roghair, MD


Associate Professor of Pediatrics
robert-roghair@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Neonatal Origins of Obesity

Thomas Rutkowski, PhD


Associate Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology
thomas-rutkowski@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Relationship between ER stress, obesity, and liver disease

Isaac Samuel, MD

Isaac Samuel, MD, FRCS, FACS


Professor of Surgery - Gastrointestinal, Minimally invasive and Bariatric Surgery
isaac-samuel@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Benefits of weight reduction and metabolic surgery

Patrick Schlievert, PhD


Professor & DEO of Mircobiology, Professor of Internal Medicine
patrick-schlievert@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Bacterial Causes of Diabetes Mellitus II

Thomas Scholz, MD


Professor of Pediatrics - Cardiology
thomas-scholz@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Optimizing Health of Children with Special Health Care Needs

Julien Sebag, PhD

Julien Sebag, PhD


Assistant Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
julien-sebag@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Regulation of energy homeostasis by GPCR accessory proteins

Val Sheffield, MD, PhD


Professor of Pediatrics & Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
val-sheffield@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Intracellular Transport and Cilia function in obesity, hypertension and diabetes

Richard Shields, PT, PhD


Professor & DEO of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
richard-shields@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Obesity impacts skeletal muscle metabolism in people with disability

William Sivitz, MD


Professor of Internal Medicine - Endocrinology and Metabolism
william-sivitz@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Mitochondrial function, Oxidative Stress, and Nutrition

Jessica Smith, MD


Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery - Gastrointestinal, Minimally invasive and Bariatric Surgery
jessica-k-smith@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Metabolic Effects of Bariatric Surgery and Lean Muscle Mass

Linda Snetselaar, PhD

Linda Snetselaar, PhD


Professor and Chair, Preventive Nutrition Education
Associate Provost, Outreach and Engagement
linda-snetselaar@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Nutrition Interventions and Behavior Change

Douglas Spitz, PhD


Professor of Radiation Oncology
douglas-spitz@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Ketogenic diets in cancer therapy

Stefan Strack, PhD


Professor of Pharmacology & Pathology
stefan-strack@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Neurological comorbidities of diabetes

Eric Taylor, PhD


Assistant Professor of Biochemistry
eric-taylor@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: To discover molecular mechanisms to modulate mitochondrial metabolism to treat human disease

Eva Tsalikian, MD


Professor of Pediatrics - Endocrinology and Diabetes
eva-tsalikian@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Obesity and type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents

Robert Wallace, MD


Professor of Epidemiology
robert-wallace@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Obesity as a risk factor for clinical outcomes/ health status

Qian Xiao, PhD


Assistant Professor of Health and Human Physiology
qian-xiao@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Sleep deficiency, circadian disruption, cardiometabolic health, neighborhood environment, health disparities

Ling Yang, PhD


Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology
ling-yang@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Organelle stress response in Obesity

Mark Yorek, PhD


Professor of Internal Medicine - Endocrinology and Metabolism
mark-yorek@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Effect of obesity on vascular and neural complications

Liping Yu, PhD


Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry
liping-yu@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Mitochondrial function and metabolism

Leonid Zingman, MD


Associate Professor of Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine
leonid-zingman@uiowa.edu

Research Interests: Skeletal muscle KATP channels determine bodily energy balance