Nutritional Sciences Faculty Profiles

Along with providing education and training, the Department of Nutritional Sciences faculty and researchers have achieved national and international reputations for excellence in their respective fields of research and expertise. Short summaries of faculty are detailed below.

Department Chair

Karen Peterson Karen E. Peterson, ScD 
Nutrition: Biosocial and environmental determinants of intergenerational patterns of growth and metabolic syndrome risk in mothers and children, design and evaluation of population-based obesity interventions in low-income, multi-ethnic populations.

Core Faculty

Olivia AndersonOlivia Anderson, PhD, RD
Developing, implementing, and assessing pedagogy that creates an engaged learning environment for the Nutritional Sciences students; early-life environmental exposures and the impact they have on metabolism and the epigenome.

Ana Baylin Ana Baylin, MD, Dr.PH 
Nutritional epidemiology, cardiovascular disease, obesity, metabolic syndrome, genetic epidemiology, global health

Katherine BauerKatherine W. Bauer, PhD
Social and behavioral determinants of youth obesity, parenting and family influences on children's obesogenic behavior and weight status, family-based obesity prevention.

Dave BridgesDave Bridges, PhD
How metabolic regulation is changed with obesity and how that affects cellular metabolism; mTORC1 signaling and the connections between intracellular and extracellular signaling pathways.

Dana Dolinoy Dana Dolinoy, PhD
The Dolinoy lab investigates environmental epigenetics & epigenomics in relation to the developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD), and the role of diet and nutrition in modulating chemical exposure (e.g. bisphenol A, phthalates, mercury, and lead) through epigenetic mechanisms including DNA methylation and chromatin structure.

Andrew Jones Andrew Jones, PhD
Influence of food systems on the nutrition and health status of vulnerable populations in low- and middle-income countries; mechanisms by which biodiversity within agricultural systems influences diet quality; role of key food systems determinants (i.e., urban and rural food environments, food insecurity, and food value chains) in influencing undernutrition, obesity, and the co-occurrence of these conditions.

Cindy Leung Cindy Leung, ScD
Diet and health disparities in vulnerable populations; mechanisms underlying food insecurity and children's risk of obesity; stress and eating behavior; federal food programs; diet and cellular aging; quantitative and qualitative research methodology.

Peter Mancuso Peter Mancuso, PhD 
Inflammation and infection of the lung, arachidonic acid metabolism in alveolar macrophages and neutrophils, role of eicosanoids in pulmonary host defense, malnutrition, host defense mechanisms in bacterial pneumonia, leptin and immune function.

Karen Peterson Karen E. Peterson, ScD 
Nutrition: Biosocial and environmental determinants of intergenerational patterns of growth and metabolic syndrome risk in mothers and children, design and evaluation of population-based obesity interventions in low-income, multi-ethnic populations.

Edward Ruiz-Narvaez Edward Ruiz-Narvaez, ScD 
Genetic epidemiology. Interaction of genetic, nutritional, and social factors in relation to obesity and type 2 diabetes. Health disparities. Early-life determinants of human health.

Young Ah Seo, PhD Young Ah Seo, PhD 
Mineral metabolism; Roles of iron and manganese in metabolic and neurological diseases; Molecular mechanisms of iron and manganese transport and homeostasis and how disturbances of their function lead to human diseases.  

Kendrin Sonneville Kendrin Sonneville, ScD, RD 
Eating disorders prevention, weight-inclusive public health, weight perception, weight stigma, nutrition counseling, adolescent health.

Faculty with Joint Appointments

Charles Burant Charles Burant, MD, PhD

Metabolic syndromes, insulin resistance, type II diabetes

View William Chey's Faculty Profile William Chey, MD
Dietary interventions for functional bowel disorders, creating novel health information technology platforms to improve implementation of evidence-based diet interventions in clinical practice; use of big data sets to understand the association between diet and GI diseases.

Justin Colacino Justin Colacino, PhD 
Environmental and dietary factors in carcinogenesis and cancer prevention, environmental dysregulation of stem cell biology in breast cancer, racial disparities in breast cancer, environmental epigenetics, nutrient-toxicant and toxicant-toxicant interactions

Zora Djuric Zora Djuric, PhD 
Diet and cancer prevention.

Craig Harris Craig Harris, PhD 
Mammalian developmental toxicology and biochemical and molecular mechanisms of birth defects: Research objectives focus on chemical alteration of redox environment/signaling, embryonic nutrition, and their impact on epigenetic control of gene expression.

Rebecca Hasson Rebecca Hasson, PhD
Dr. Hasson is an Assistant Professor in the Schools of Kinesiology and Public Health and Director of the Childhood Disparities Research Laboratory at U-M.

Joyce Lee Joyce Lee, MD, MPH 
Clinical care of children with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes; epidemiology of diabetes and obesity in children; health outcomes and quality of life for children with diabetes; long-term endocrine consequences of childhood obesity.

Julie Lumeng Julie Carroll Lumeng, MD
Childhood obesity, parenting and obesity, stress-eating in children, and community-based obesity prevention programs.

Amy Rothberg Amy Rothberg, MD, PhD
Pathogenesis of obesity; weight regulation; interventions in the management of obesity (particularly intensive behavioral therapy); pharmacotherapy for weight management; behavioral economics.

Laura Rozek Laura S. Rozek, PhD 
Population based studies focusing on the epigenetic, environmental and genetic risk factors that contribute to the development of human cancer; specifically head and neck and colorectal cancers. Gene-environment and epigenetic-environment contributions to the risk of human chronic diseases.

Darleen Sandoval Darleen Sandoval, PhD
Brain and gut communication to regulate glucose and lipid metabolism and how this system becomes dysregulated with obesity.

Randy J. SeeleyRandy J. Seeley, PhD
Hypothalamic and G.I. peptides and their associated receptors that influence both energy intake as well as peripheral metabolic processes, with a focus on developing new treatment strategies for both obesity and diabetes.

Julia Wolfson Julia A. Wolfson, PhD, MPP
Food policy; obesity and diet-related disease prevention; school and community food environments; firearm policy and gun violence prevention

Suzanna Zick Suzanna M. Zick, ND, MPH
Impact of diet quality on late-term effects such as fatigue and chronic pain as well as quality of life in cancer patients; diet quality in pre-autoimmunity and lupus; The use of dietary supplements in oncology patients and survivors; integrative medicine.

Lecturers and Adjunct Faculty

Susan Aaronson Susan Aaronson, MA, RD 
School- and community-based pediatric obesity prevention

Suzanne Cole Suzanne M. Cole, PhD 
Infant and child nutrition, food choices and feeding behavior, diet and epigenetics

Rachel Davis Rachel Davis, PhD 
Design and evaluation of individually tailored dietary interventions, methodological issues in health surveys, role of cultural factors in health communications.

Adrienne Ettinger Adrienne Ettinger, ScD, MPH, MS 
Effects of environmental exposures on reproductive, perinatal, and children's health

View Lindsay Haas's Faculty Profile Lindsay Haas, MPH, RD 
Maintaining ingredient and recipe databases that can be used to create tools that inform diners with food allergies and other dietary restrictions.

Lisa HammerLisa Hammer, MD, IBCLC
Developing, implementing, and assessing breastfeeding clinical programs that offer breastfeeding education, support, and medical management in an integrated model of care. Development and assessment of breastfeeding simulation model to improve breastfeeding knowledge among health care providers.

Theresa Han-Markey Theresa Han-Markey, MS, RD 
Clinical nutrition therapy and research including enteral and parenteral nutrition support; advise PIs regarding metabolic research diets and nutrition assessment methods in the Human Applications Lab, Nutrition Obesity Research Center.

View Elizabeth Hudson's Faculty ProfileElizabeth Hudson, MPH, RD 
Medical nutrition therapy for children and adult patients with non-IgE mediated food allergies.

Wei Perng Wei Perng, PhD
Use of epidemiologic methods to investigate relations of the perinatal period with future obesity and related metabolic consequences; elucidating biological mechanisms that underlie accrual of excess adiposity during early life.