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Nutrigenomics, Inflammation and Obesity Research Lab (NIOR)

Lab Members

Faculty

Dr. Naima Moustaid-Moussa, PhD

Dr. Naima Moustaid-Moussa, PhD, FTOS

Professor in Nutritional Sciences
Director, NIOR
College of Human Sciences
Texas Tech University
1301 Akron Street, Room 407
Lubbock, Texas 79409-1240
P: 806-742-3068; F: 806-742-3042
naima.moustaid-moussa@ttu.edu

Bio CV Publications Projects Funded Research

Key Words:
Obesity, Adipocyte Biology, Inflammation, Endocrinology, Adipokines, The Renin Angiotensin System, Obesity-Diabetes-Insulin resistance-Hypertension-Cancer Links; Bariatric Surgery, Genomics and Proteomics; Nutrient-Gene Interactions. Animal Models.

Dr. Fariba Assadi-Porter, PhD

Dr. Fariba Assadi-Porter, PhD

Research Associate Professor in Nutritional Sciences
College of Human Sciences
Texas Tech University
1301 Akron Street
Lubbock, Texas 79409-1240
P: 806-742-3068; F: 806-742-3042
fariba.assadi-porter@ttu.edu

Bio CV Publications Projects Funded Research

Key Words:
Obesity, Polycystic Ovary Disease Syndrome, diabetes, Biomarker Discovery, Metabolomics, MS, NMR

Shane Scoggin

Shane Scoggin

Lab Manager
shane.scoggin@ttu.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Shane is Research Aide in the NIOR lab with a degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from Texas Tech University and over 10 years lab experience. His previous work includes 5 yrs. working in the Simmons Cancer Center at UT Southwestern running a microarray core facility. He then spent 1yr working at a biotech company in Houston called Tannox before returning to UT Southwestern to work in a Molecular Biology lab studying stem cells in Drosophila. He has now returned to Texas Tech to help manage the NIOR lab, train students, and develop new techniques and applications in obesity research for the lab


Graduate Student Researchers

Arwa Mohammed Abdul Jawad Aljawadi

Arwa Mohammed Abdul Jawad Aljawadi

PhD Student
arwa.aljawadi@ttu.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Arwa is a first year doctoral student in the Nutritional Sciences program at Texas Tech University. She joined the Master’s program in the graduate school of Texas Tech University as a Fulbright scholar from Iraq in 2010. In her M.S. research, with Dr. Moustaid-Moussa, she studied the effects of an omega 3 fatty acid, Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) on skeletal muscle metabolism, and investigated the mechanisms by which EPA improves glucose tolerance, inflammation and lipid metabolism. For her Ph.D. research, she is planning to determine the relation between obesity and breast cancer in postmenopausal women.

Monique J. LeMieux

Monique J. LeMieux

PhD Student
monique.lemieux@ttu.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Monique is a Nutritional Science doctoral student at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. She received her B.S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Christopher Newport University and then her M.S. in Life Science from the Graduate School of Genome Science & Technology at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville. Her M.S. research focused on characterization of α1-antitrypsin inhibitors related to conformational diseases and she was funded by a fellowship through the NIH Program for Excellence & Equity in Research (PEER). Under the guidance of Dr. Naima Moustaid-Moussa, Monique is currently researching the link between the renin-angiotensin system, obesity and insulin resistance as well as related nutritional interventions for her dissertation project.

Mandana Pahlavani, MS

Mandana Pahlavani, MS

PhD Student
mandana.pahlavani@ttu.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Mandana is a Nutritional Sciences doctoral student at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. She received her B.S. in Engineering of Food Science and Technology from Uromia University (Iran) and then her M.S. in Engineering of Food Science and Technology from Ferdowsi University of Mashhad (Iran). Her M.S. research focused on preserving effects of sodium diacetate as a natural food preservative on beverages and she was funded by R & D Zam Zam Co. After graduation she worked for 3 years as a visiting professor for instruction at Varamin University. She is currently mentored by Dr. Moustaid-Moussa and is investigating mechanisms mediating nutritional regulation of brown adipose tissue thermogenesis and its role in insulin resistance and obesity..

Nadeeja N. Wijayatunga , MBBS

Nadeeja N. Wijayatunga , MBBS

PhD Student
nadeeja.wijayatunga@ttu.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Nadeeja is a Nutritional Science doctoral student at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. She received her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. She worked as a medical officer at Teaching hospital Peradeniya and then she joined Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura as a lecturer. She was engaged in her MPhil research work under Graduate School of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. Her MPhil research focused on Cystatin C as a marker in the assessment of renal function in patients with mild to moderate diabetic nephropathy. Her research was funded by a University of Sri Jayewardenepura and the National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka. As a doctoral student at Texas Tech, she will be mentored by Dr. Naima Moustaid-Moussa and will be conducting research relevant to human obesity and insulin resistance.


Undergraduate Students

Yovanda Cain

Yovanda Cain

Yovanda is a junior undergraduate student at Texas Tech University. She is majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry in the college of Arts and Sciences. Currently, Yovanda is assisting Monique LeMieux on researching the link between the renin-angiotensin system, obesity and insulin resistance and regulation of adipocyte metabolism by fatty acids.


Visiting International Students

Cecile Brocard and Remi Chevallier

Cecile Brocard and Remi Chevallier

Cecile and Remi were French exchange students completing a Master’s degree in Science & Technology (Integrative Biology & Physiology Program in Nutrition, Quality and Health) at the University of Paris, Pierre & Marie Curie. For their internship at Tech, Cecile’s project is to study how omega 3 fatty acids regulate liver metabolism and gene expression (mentored by Dr. Moustaid-Moussa) and Remi’s project involved studies on the role of the transcription factor C/EBP ß in inflammation and lipid metabolism (mentored by Drs. Rahman and Moustaid-Moussa).

Zenaida E. Adrovet González

Zenaida E. Adrovet González

zadrovet@gmail.com
Curriculum Vitae

Zenaida Esther Adrovet González is originally from Morovis, Puerto Rico. She is currently completing her B.S. in Biotechnology at the University of the Sacred Heart in San Juan, PR. In summer 2013, she completed a research interenship in Nutritional Sciences at Texas Tech University with Dr. Moustaid-Moussa. This interenship was part of a Summer Research Program in Engineering, Science and Medicine, organized by the National Wind Resource Center, directed by Dr. Luciano Castillo. Specifically, she investigated effects of an omega-3 fatty acid (Eicosapentaenoic Acid, EPA) on metabolism and gene expression of liver tissues of EPA-treated mice and on hepatocarcinoma cells (HepG2). Her goal is pursue a graduate degree after completing her BS.