College of Human Sciences, Department of Nutrition, Hospitality, and Retailing
Dr. Fariba Assadi-Porter is a research associate professor of nutritional science. She obtained her undergraduate degree in chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Ph.D. in biomolecular chemistry at University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School. She has been a senior scientist in the Department of Biochemistry and NMR National Facility at Madison (NMRFAM) Wisconsin, and a principal investigator on several NIH-funded grants. She is a co-founder of Isomark LLC, which develops technology for early detection of infection. She has developed a state-of-the-art platform that combines nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy-based metabolomics, noninvasive real-time measurements of isotope fractionation in breath, transcriptomics and imaging to study the molecular basis of disease onset and progression in chronic diseases (i.e., obesity, Type II diabetics) in animal models and humans. Her research interests are focused on early detection of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in women and methods of intervention and reversal of obesity in PCOS using natural food products and indigenous hormone analogs. Her other area of research is focused on low-calorie sweeteners molecular interaction studies, with the human and mouse sweet taste receptors to understand the role of these receptors in glucose and lipid co-regulation by NMR spectroscopy.