The Department of Nutritional Sciences Signature Research Areas:
1) Metabolic and Behavioral Factors Influencing Body Composition
Research in body composition focuses on the structure of biochemistry of fat, muscle, blood and bone, and how diet and physical activity improve or prevent adverse changes in these tissues that contribute to obesity, heart disease, and osteoarthritis.
- Jennifer Wright Bea, PhD
- Scott Going, PhD
- Melanie Hingle, PhD, MPH, RD
- Linda Houtkooper, PhD, RD
- Kay Hongu, PhD, MEd, RD
- Scottie Misner, PhD, RD
- Jennifer Reeves, MEd
- Jennifer Teske, PhD
2) Bioactive Compounds, Nutrients and Lifestyle: Relationships to Cancer
Research in cancer reflects our unique strength in defining the molecular and biomechanical mechanisms involved in initiation, promotion and treatment of cancers, as well as in cancer prevention by means of diet and physical activity.
Our research projects often cross several disciplines, and our approach is collaborative, interdisciplinary and translational. We conduct research that involves the translation of basic findings into animal studies and clinical trials (bench to bedside), as well as interventions that link basic research with outreach education. Our research addresses crucial health problems of Arizonans, and supports the strategic interests of Arizona in the areas of bioscience and biotechnology, as well as biomedical and behavioral health.
- Randy Burd, PhD
- Dawn Geiser, PhD
- Kirsten Limesand, PhD
- Emmanuelle Meuillet, PhD
- Donato Romagnolo, MSc, PhD
- Ornella Selmin, PhD
- Joy Winzerling, PhD, RD
3) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) Evaluation Research
Research in SNAP-Ed evaluation reflects the department’s established commitment to addressing obesity prevention and reducing health disparities through SNAP-Ed educational outreach as well as community-level policy, systems, and environment approaches. As the lead evaluator for Arizona’s SNAP-Ed program, the department’s research cross-cuts multiple sectors of obesity prevention inquiry, including Food Systems, Active Living, School Health, and Early Childhood. Our current research contributes to national efforts to establish and strengthen SNAP-Ed evaluation evidence and to identify key indicators for progress in the development of a National SNAP-Ed Evaluation Framework.