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Dr. Martin Binks Ph.D., FTOS.

Martin Binks Ph.D., FTOS., Associate Professor

Instructor for a range of topics in health promotion and obesity. Dr. Binks leads the Behavioral Medicine & Translational Research Lab. He is a clinical psychologist specializing in behavioral medicine and obesity research. Research includes behavioral, pharmacologic and surgical obesity treatment; barriers to treatment adherence (nutrition & exercise); obesity and comorbidities (NAFLD, pain, sleep), Sickle Cell Disease, telemedicine and technology-related intervention, health disparities; and neuroscience of obesity (fMRI).
e-mail: m.binks@ttu.edu

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Dr. Mallory Boylan

Mallory Boylan, Ph.D., R.D., L.D., Professor

Instructor for Medical Nutrition Therapy courses, Vitamins in Nutrition, Issues in Nutrition and F&N Research. Research areas include antioxidants and health and nutrients in breast milk.
e-mail: mallory.boylan@ttu.edu

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Allison Childress

Allison Childress, M.S., R.D., L.D., CI-CPT, Instructor

e-mail: allison.childress@ttu.edu

Dr. Jamie Cooper

Jamie Cooper, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Instructor for graduate courses in Nutrition, Exercise, and Sport, Sports Supplements, Issues in Sports Nutrition and undergraduate course in Sports Nutrition. Research interests are centered around human obesity with an emphasis on metabolism, energy balance, and hunger and satiety hormones.
e-mail: jamie.a.cooper@ttu.edu

Research Lab: Human Nutrition Lab

Mrs. Shelley Fillipp

Shelley Fillipp, M.S., R.D., L.D., Instructor

Director of Dietetic Internship

Instructor for Nutrition through the Lifecycle, Institutional Food Management, Introduction to Dietetics and Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy.
e-mail: shelley.fillipp@ttu.edu

Vijay Hegde, Ph.D.

Vijay Hegde, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

My teaching interests are in the areas of nutritional biochemistry, metabolism and chronic diseases. Primary research interests are to discover effective strategies to prevent or treat obesity and its related comorbidities. More specifically the research is focused on the E4orf1 protein of human adenovirus type 36 (Ad36), which is necessary and sufficient to increase adiposity and to improve glucose disposal. Current studies are focused in developing E4orf1 of Ad36 as a novel therapeutic agent to improve diabetes. Additional research interests are to understand the higher risk associated with many forms of cancer among people with diabetes and/or obesity.
e-mail: vijay.hegde@ttu.edu

Mrs. Lydia Kloiber

Lydia Kloiber, M.S., R.D., L.D., Instructor

Director of Didactic Program in Dietetic

Instructor for Essentials in Dietetic Practice, Professional Issues in Dietetics, and Science of Nutrition and lab coordinator for Science of Nutrition.
e-mail: lydia.kloiber@ttu.edu

Mrs. Dr. Naïma Moustaïd-Moussa

Naïma Moustaïd-Moussa, Ph.D., FTOS., Professor & Director, Obesity Research Cluster

Instructor for graduate courses in advanced nutritional biochemistry and research methods, obesity topics, metabolism and nutrient-gene interactions. Primary research interests include dietary and hormonal regulation of adipocyte metabolism and endocrine function, role of adipocytes in obesity-associated inflammation, insulin resistance and metabolic disorders; obesity-breast cancer link. These studies use genetic and dietary-induced animal models as well as cell culture models of rodent and human adipose tissue. Secondary research interest in childhood obesity prevention
e-mail: naima.moustaid-moussa@ttu.edu

Research Lab: Nutrigenomics, Inflammation and Obesity Research Lab (NIOR)

Dr. Mary Murimi

Mary Murimi, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., Professor

Instructor for undergraduate and graduate courses in nutrition education, childhood obesity, nutrition through the life cycle, and community nutrition. Research interests include community-base- participatory research among low income population, school-based interventions and food insecurity at the local and global level.
e-mail: mary.murimi@ttu.edu

Dr. Shaikh Mizanoor Rahman

Shaikh Mizanoor Rahman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

My teaching interest includes metabolism, nutritional biochemistry and nutrient and immune function. My main research interest is to identify cellular and molecular basis of the regulation of immune cell function in the context of obesity, diabetes and atherosclerosis. I am also interested to assess macrophage specific role of C/EBPβ on cholesterol uptake and trafficking in atherosclerosis. We will use knock-out mouse, siRNA transfection , bone marrow transplantation and invitro cell culture model to address those scientific questions.
e-mail: shaikh.rahman@ttu.edu

Dr. Latha Ramalingam

Latha Ramalingam, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor

Latha Ramalingam graduated from Vellore Institute of Technology, India with a master’s degree in Biotechnology and got her Ph.D in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Indiana University, School of Medicine. Her research focused on investigating molecular mechanisms underlying the regulation of insulin secretion and insulin action by Doc2b and SNARE proteins using pancreatic beta cells, muscle cells, and in vivo mouse models. Her research focus is on human obesity and diabetes and the role of the Renin Angiotensin System and bioactive food components (such as omega 3 fatty acids) in beta cells and fat cell-beta cell interactions.
e-mail: latha.ramalingam@ttu.edu

Dr. Debra B. Reed

Debra B. Reed, Ph.D., R.D., L.D., Professor and Helen DeVitt Jones Chairperson

Graduate Adviser

Instructor for undergraduate and graduate courses in community nutrition. Research interests include prevention of overweight in children and adults and nutrition education for diverse and disadvantaged populations.
e-mail: debra.reed@ttu.edu

Dr. Julian Spallholz

Julian Spallholz, Ph.D. & Professor

Instructor for Minerals in Nutrition, Science of Nutrition, Survey of Biochemistry, and Nutritional Biochemistry. Research area include nutritional and toxicological aspects of selenium and its compounds, drug development using selenium free radical chemistry, arsenic toxicity.
e-mail: julian.spallholz@ttu.edu

Dr. Mallory Boylan

Wilna Oldewage-Theron, Ph.D., RD (SA), Professor

Wilna Oldewage-Theron graduated with a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Dietetics from the North-West University in South Africa. She has fifteen years community nutrition research experience in Africa and her teaching and research interests include the factors contributing to household food insecurity and malnutrition, especially the double burden of disease, in resource-poor communities focusing on women, the elderly and children. Her research focus is on implementing interventions based on identified problems/needs in a community through applied scientific research projects.
e-mail: wilhelmina.theron@ttu.edu

Dr. Shu Wang

Shu Wang, MD, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Instructor for graduate courses in carbohydrates and proteins in nutrition, lipids in nutrition, nutrition and chronic diseases and nutritional pathophysiology and undergraduate course in nutritional biochemistry. Research interests include nutrition and inflammation and chronic diseases. Our research group encapsulates nutrients and natural compounds into biocompatible and biodegradable nanoparticles to dramatically increase their cellular bioavailability, stability and target specificity to specific cells or tissues, with the goal of preventing and curing chronic diseases including cardiovascular diseases, obesity and cancers.
e-mail: shu.wang@ttu.edu