Naïma Moustaïd-Moussa, Ph.D., FTOS.
- Professor & Director - Obesity Research Cluster;
- Adipose Tissue Inflammation & Metabolic Disorders; Nutrient-Gene Interactions; Childhood
Naima Moustaid-Moussa received her Ph.D. degree in endocrinology from the University
of Paris, P&M Curie, France, in 1989 and completed a postdoc in molecular nutrition
at Harvard School of Public Health. She was previously (1993-2012) Professor in Nutrition,
Animal Science and Family/Consumer Sciences at the University of Tennessee (UT) where
she cofounded and codirected the UT Obesity Research Center. She was recruited in
2012 as Senior Strategic Hire and Professor in Nutritional Sciences at Texas Tech
University to lead an interdisciplinary Obesity Research Cluster. Her research focuses
on the endocrine function of adipose tissue and its modulation by nutrients and hormones.
She is investigating mechanisms that govern nutrient-gene interactions in obesity
and metabolic disorders such as diabetes, insulin resistance and cardiovascular disease.
Ongoing studies in her lab address mechanisms by which angiotensins, macronutrient
composition, energy restriction, and bioactive components on food (such as n-3 fatty
acids) modulate energy balance, insulin resistance, and adipocyte inflammation. These
studies integrate findings from adipose cell culture models including human fat, to
comprehensive physiological studies in animal models. She has secondary research interests
in childhood obesity prevention. Her basic obesity research program has been funded
by multiple agencies including AHA, ADA, and USDA. She received several awards including
the 2007 University of Tennessee Chancellor's Award for Research and Creative Achievement,
a 2012 Outstanding Investigator Award from ASN's Nutrient-Gene Interactions RIS, and
a Fulbright Scholarship in 2005. She is an Active Member of ASN, AHA and the Obesity
Society where she serves as a Council Member representing basic obesity research.
She served on several peer-reviewed panels for NIH, AHA, USDA, and others and is currently
Member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Nutritional biochemistry, Journal
of Metabolic Syndrome, Frontiers in Nutrigenomics, and Frontiers in Fatty Acids and
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