Texas Tech University

Naïma Moustaïd-Moussa, Ph.D., FTOS, FAHA

Executive Director, Institute for One Health Innovation & Paul W. Horn Distinguished Professor, Nutritional Sciences & Professor, TTUHSC Department of Cell Biology & Biochemistry & Founding Director, Obesity Research Institute
Nutritional Sciences

Email: naima.moustaid-moussa@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-7946

Room: HS 407

Department of Nutritional Sciences 

Prof. Moustaid-Moussa is a native of Morocco. She received her doctorate from the University of Paris and postdoctoral training at Harvard School of Public Health. She joined the faculty at The University of Tennessee(UT) in 1993 and was promoted to the rank of full professor in 2003. She held appointments at UT Knoxville and UT Institute of Agriculture in the departments of Nutrition, Animal Science and Family & Consumer Sciences and as co-director of the UT Obesity Research Center. She was recruited to TTU in fall 2012 as a Nutritional Sciences Senior Strategic Hire in Obesity. She founded in 2013 The Obesity Research Cluster. Her research focuses on adipocyte biology, the role of fat cell inflammation in metabolic disorders, the link between obesity and breast cancer and mechanisms by which bioactive food and plant components reduce inflammation and insulin resistance.  


Research Interests

http://www.depts.ttu.edu/hs/ns/research/nior/   My  lab (NIOR: Nutrigenomics, Inflammation and Obesity Research) Laboratory

http://www.depts.ttu.edu/hs/obesityresearch/   Obesity Research Cluster (ORC)

Naïma Moustaïd-Moussa


Started undergraduate studies (Biology/Geology) in Morocco at the university of Mohamed V in Rabat then completed her BS in Cell Biology and Physiology at the University of Paris Sud-Orsay, France and her MS and PhD in Endocrinology at the University of Paris P & M Cure, France. She then moved to the US for a postdoctoral fellowship in molecular nutrition, funded by JDF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) at Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, MA.


NS6118 Obesity Research Seminar
NS 5000 Nutrition and Chronic Diseases/Obesity & Diabetes
NS 7000 Advanced Research Methods (Grant writing)
Independent Research (NS 4000, NS 5000, NS 7000 and NS 8000).


  1. Kalupahana, N.S., Claycombe, K.J., Newman, S.J., Stewart, T., Siriwardhana, N., Matthan, N., Lichtenstein, A.H., Moustaid-Moussa, N. Eicosapentaenoic Acid Prevents and Reverses Insulin Resistance in High-Fat Diet-Induced Obese Mice via Modulation of Adipose Tissue Inflammation. J. Nutr. 140: 1915–1922, 2010
  2. Kalupahana, N., Quignard-Boulange, Voy, BH., Saxton, A. and Moustaid-Moussa, N. Overexpression of angiotensinogen in adipose tissue increases adipose tissue inflammation and glucose intolerance. Obesity 20(1):48-56; 2012
  3. Jul- Zhou, Z., Neupane, M., Zhou, H.R., Wu, D., Chang, C-C., Moustaid-Moussa, N. and Claycombe, KJ. Leptin differentially regulate STAT3 activation in ob/ob mouse adipose mesenchymal stem cells. Nutrition & Metabolism. 9:109; 2012.
  4. Siriwardhana, N., Kalupahana, NS., Cekanova, M., Greer, B., LeMieux, M., Moustaid-Moussa, N., Modulation of adipose tissue inflammation by bioactive food compounds . J Nutr Biochem. 24(4):613-23, 2013
  5. LeMieux, M., Kalupahana, N., Scoggin, S., and Moustaid-Moussa, N. Eicosapentaenoic acid reduces adipocyte inflammation independent of adiposity. J. Nutr. 145(3):411-417, 2015.

Nutritional Sciences