Texas Tech University

Kembra Albracht-Schulte, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associates
Nutritional Sciences
Kembra Albracht-Schulte

Personal Information

Kembra Albracht-Schulte is a postdoc in the College of Human Sciences under the mentorship of Dr. Naïma Moustaid-Moussa. Kembra earned her B.S. in Exercise Science at Lubbock Christian University and her M.S. in Exercise Science at Texas Tech University. Under the co-mentorship of Dr. Naïma Moustaid-Moussa and Dr. Latha Ramalingam, her doctoral research received USDA NIFA ELI Predoctoral Fellowship (2017-2019) funding and focused on the effects of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), an omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (n-3 PUFA), on liver metabolism and inflammation. Additionally, her dissertation research included collaborative work with Dr. Nishan Kalupahana, Adjunct Professor in NS at TTU and Professor and Head of Physiology at the University of Peradeniya to investigate the association between adiposity, insulin resistance and plasma adipokines with the presence of fatty liver in Sri Lankan adults. As postdoc, she recently completed a National Cattleman's Beef Association (NCBA) funded systematic review of the literature on beef proteins, gut microbiome and health. Additionally, she is working on an NIH funded (PI: Moustaid-Moussa) project to investigate responsible mechanisms of n-3 PUFA effects on liver steatosis independent of uncoupling protein 1(UCP 1). She is also working on a large multidisciplinary project to determine the effects of lean beef proteins and different preparations on outcomes related to obesity, diabetes and cancer using mouse models. 


Research Interests

  • Lifestyle interventions to reduce obesity and metabolic diseases 

  • Individual differences in susceptibility and resistance to metabolic diseases 

  • Mechanistic and potentially synergistic effects of nutrients and exercise in treatment/prevention of metabolic diseases 

Future Research Collaboration Interests

Awards & Honors

  • USDA NIFA Postdoctoral Grant Recipient