Texas Tech University

Emily Dhurandhar

EDhurandharResearcher: Emily Dhurandhar, Ph.D.

Title: Assistant Professor in Kinesiology

Laboratory: Room 120, Nutrition Laboratory

Personal Statement

Dr. Dhurandhar conducts research on the psychosocial and dietary factors that influence energy balance and weight management in humans with obesity. She currently directs the Nutrition Laboratory where she has been an independent investigator since 2016. Her background includes randomized clinical nutrition trials, public health nutrition research, and molecular diabetes and obesity research. Dr. Dhurandhar has been funded by the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases (postdoctoral fellowship, 2011-2013), the International Life Sciences Institute, and the American Egg Board. Her laboratory focuses understanding the i.) impact of social status and discrimination on eating behavior and weight gain, ii.) randomized trials to inform public policy and interventions in obesity, iii.) obesity education, iv.) the impact of protein on body composition and weight control, and v.) application of new technologies to enable those with severe obesity to exercise.

Application of Expertise to Health Disparity Research

Dr. Dhurandhar's work on social status and eating behavior is focused on understanding the disparities in diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease among social hierarchies. Her long-term goal is for this work to be applicable to interventions and policy programs to reduce socioeconomic and racial disparities in these chronic health issues. She also has the training and skills to quantify the impact of public policies on disparities in obesity. Finally, her work in technologies for those with severe obesity, and in obesity education, also has the potential to reduce health disparities across weight categories.

Laboratory Skills and Capabilities

  • Measure body composition using Dual X-Ray Absorptiometry and Bioimpedence Analysis.
  • Measure resting metabolic rate using indirect calorimetry.
  • Randomized clinical trials in nutrition and exercise.
  • Controlled feeding studies.
  • Measurement of food intake amount, pace, and food choice in a laboratory setting.
  • Measurement of weight bias and discrimination.
  • Obesity education for medical professionals and obesity interventions.
  • Accelerometer-based assessment of ambulatory activity (peak cadence, total steps) or time spent in activity of different intensities (sedentary, light, moderate, vigorous).
  • Weight loss Intensive Behavioral Therapy.
  • Measurement of free-living food intake using the Remote Food Photography Method.

Laboratory Equipment

  • Seating and tables to feed up to 10 people at once.
  • Refrigerator, freezer, and cabinet space to store food.
  • Counter space and kitchen equipment for basic food preparation.
  • Anti-gravity Treadmill (Alter-G, M320)
  • Digital scale for weighed food measurements

Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management

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    Box 43011, Texas Tech University, 2500 Broadway, Lubbock, TX 79409
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