Nutritional Science

Dr. Jamie Baum

Dr. Jamie Baum
Assistant Professor

Research Emphasis: Energy Metabolism & Metabolic Health

Dr. Baum addresses basic and applied research challenges related to dietary protein intake (e.g. protein source, quality, and quantity) and its impact on body composition, energy metabolism and metabolic health. 

Current Research Projects:

  1. Nutrition interventions to improve energy metabolism, energy intake and metabolic response in overweight and obese school-aged children.
  2. Defining the importance of protein quality and quantity in prevention of chronic disease.
  3. Nutrient modulation of the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) to improve muscle function.
  4. Defining the role of essential amino acids and fatty acids in skeletal muscle energy metabolism for prevention of chronic disease.
  5. The ability of dietary protein to reduce markers of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)

 Download Dr. Baum's research impact statements:

  1. The effects of consuming protein at breakfast on energy metabolism, food intake and glycemic regulation.
  2. Defining the role of leucine and omega-3 fatty acids in skeletal muscle function

Dr. Franck Carbonero

Dr. Franck Carbonero
Assistant Professor

Research Emphasis: Gut Microbiome

Dr. Carbonero researches the impact of diet on the gut microbiome and gut health, phylogenetic and functional diversity of gut microbes, biotransformation of macro and micronutrients by gut microbes and metabolomics.

Current research projects:

  1. Impact of tart cherries consumption on the gut microbiota and potential modulation by prebiotics
  2. Influence of Maillard products on the gut microbiota and health biomarkers in animal models of digestive diseases
  3. Linked modulation of gut and vaginal microbiota by cranberries consumption: A way to improve cranberries protective effect on urinary tract infection?
  4. Testing the hygiene hypothesis by comparing animals raised in clean and dirty environments with or without contact with peers: impact on gut microbiota and health biomarkers.

Dr. Sun-Ok Lee

Dr. Sun-Ok Lee
Associate Professor

Research Emphasis Area: Dietary Phytochemicals

Dr. Lee's Nutrition and Dietary Phytochemicals research program is designed to understand how dietary phytochemicals and bioactive components in foods and natural extracts exert human health benefits.

Current research projects:

  1. Effects of brown rice products on plasma glucose, insulin, and satiety hormones in humans
  2. In vitro fermentation properties of rice bran components by human gut microbiota
  3. Bioavailability and transport kinetics of flavonoids
  4. Role of bioactive components of peanut and Medicago in the prevention of colon cancer 

Download Dr. Lee's research impact statement.