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Membership guidelines

Membership in the Washington University Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) Core Center is available to Washington University faculty who have a professional interest in obesity, clinical nutrition, nutrition education, or nutrition-related research.

Full membership requirements

  • Washington University academic appointment
  • Funded nutrition-related research
  • Recent nutrition-related publications in professional journals or presentations at professional meetings
  • Current NORC Core Director
  • Current NORC Pilot & Feasibility program recipient

Associate membership requirements

  • Washington University academic appointment
  • Significant professional involvement in clinical nutrition/obesity activities, nutrition education, or nutrition research, but does not meet all the criteria for full membership

Membership privileges

Members will be able to attend conferences, seminars and retreats sponsored by the NORC Core Center at no cost. Members will have priority use of shared resources and services offered by the NORC including:

  • Clinical Science Research Core: Provides training and assistance in clinical research activities, including isotope tracer methods, indirect calorimetry, body composition, mathematical modeling, data analysis, study design and subject recruitment.
  • Animal Model Research Core: Provides breeding and colony maintenance of animal models used for nutrition-related research (e.g. Animals with lipid abnormalities, atherosclerosis, obesity and diabetes). In addition, this core provides genotyping and histological analyses.
  • Biomolecular Analysis Research Core: Provides training and assistance in mass spectrometry and high-performance liquid chromatography analyses and cellular, plasma, and urine metabolites including oxidation products, arachidonate metabolites, phospholipids and autocoids. In addition, this core helps develop new assays as needed by NORC investigators.
  • Adipocyte Biology and Molecular Nutrition Core: Provides training, expertise and facilities needed for comprehensive study of adipose tissue and of molecular aspects of nutritional research, including tissue culture and morphology, and gene and protein expression.

Current members

NORC Full Members

Name Primary department Research focus
Abumrad, Nada A IM – G&NS Molecular mechanisms of fatty acid trafficking
Ances, Beau Neurology Exercise training to improve brain health in older HIV+ individuals
Apte, Rajendra Opthamology & Visual Science NAD biology and macrophage cholesterol metabolism and age-related macular degeneration
Arbelaez, Ana M Pediatrics – Endocrinology & Metabolism Hypoglycemia and brain function
Baranski, Thomas J IM – Endocrinology & Metabolism Effect of hyperglycemia on metabolic function
Bateman, Randall J Neurology CNS protein metabolism in obesity & Alzheimer’s Disease
Berezin, Mikhail Radiology Imaging and mechanisms of peripheral nerve diseases and chronic pain conditions
Bernal-Mizrachi, Carlos IM – Endocrinology & Metabolism Vitamin D metabolism and cardiovascular disease
Binder, Ellen F IM – G&NS Nutrition and exercise on physical frailty in older adults
Brookheart, Rita IM – G&NS The role of S1P in obesity-associated metabolic dysfunctions
Brownson, Ross C School of Social Work & Public Health Community interventions to modify obesity
Cade, W Todd Program in Physical Therapy Nutrition and exercise in HIV and Barth Syndrome
Carney, Robert Psychiatry Omega-3 fatty acids in depression and cardiovascular disease
Cella, Marina Pathology & Immunology Adipose tissue immune system in obesity and obesity-associated cancer
Chang, Su-Hsin Surgery Health and economic consequences of obesity and surgical treatments of obesity
Cifarelli, Vincenza IM – G&NS Immune and lymphatic function in obesity
Civitelli, Roberto IM – Bone & Mineral Metabolism Cellular and molecular basis of bone remodeling
Colditz, Graham A Surgery Effect of diet and obesity on breast cancer
Cole, F. Sessions Pediatrics-Pulmonary Genetics and nutrition in neonatal respiratory distress
Colonna, Marco Pathology & Immunology Adipose tissue immune system in obesity
Craft, Clarissa Cell Biology & Physiology Adipose tissue extracellular matrix microfibrils and metabolic function
Cross, D. Anne Neurology Caloric restriction and multiple sclerosis
Davidson, Nicholas O IM – Gastoenterology Intestinal and hepatic lipoprotein metabolism
Davila-Roman, Victor IM – Cardiology Obesity and cardiac structure/function
DeBosch, Brian Pediatrics – Gastroenterology Intestinal and Hepatic Hexose Transporters In Metabolic Homeostasis
Drake, Bettina Surgery Vitamin D and cancer prevention
Duncan, Jennifer G Pediatrics – Critical Care Mitochondrial function in the insulin-resistant heart
Dunn, Julia IM – Endocrinology & Metabolism Neuroendocrine mechanisms that perpetuate obesity
England, Sarah Obstetrics & Gynecology – Research & Operations Effect of obesity on reproductive outcomes
Evanoff, Bradley IM – General Medical Sciences Worksite intervention to promote healthy eating and weight control
Finck, Brian IM – G&NS Hepatic and cardiac lipid metabolism
Goldsmith, Matthew Pediatrics – Critical Care Nutrition and metabolism in critically ill children
Gordon, Jeffrey I Laboratory & Genomic Medicine Role of gut microbiota in metabolic function and obesity
Gropler, Robert J Radiology Myocardial substrate metabolism in obesity
Gross, Richard W IM – Molecular Pharmacology Molecular mechanisms of insulin resistance and diabetes
Guilak, Farshid Orthopaedic Surgery Effects of dietary content and obesity on biomechanics, inflammation, and metabolic disease in the context of osteoarthritis and joint injury/repair
Gunawardana, Subhadra Cell Biology & Physiology Metabolic regulation signal transduction/hormone action in obesity
Haire-Joshu, Debra L School of Social Work & Public Health Community-based interventions for obesity
Hassenstab, Jason Neurology Insulin resistance and cognitive function
Heath, Andrew Psychiatry Interplay of genetic and lifestyle factors (diet and adiposity) in substance use disorder
Henderson, Jeffrey IM – Infectious Diseases Metabolic analysis of micronutrient requirements of infectious microorganisms
Hershey, Tamara G Psychiatry Dopamine reward system and obesity
Holtzman, David M Neurology Apolipoprotein E and lipids in Alzheimer’s disease
Hruska, Keith A Pediatrics – Nephrology Disordered mineral homeostasis and vascular calcification
Hsieh, Chyi IM – Rheumatology Gut bacterial taxa in undernourished Malawian children
Imai, Shin-ichiro Developmental Biology NAD metabolism and aging
Jacome Sosa, Miriam IM – G&NS Regulation of postprandial metabolic responses and adiposity
Javaheri, Ali IM – Cardiovascular Division Lipoproteins and heart failure
Jungheim, Emily S Obstetrics & Gynecology Obesity and female reproduction
Kim, Jae-Sung Surgery Role of mitochondria and autophagy in ischemic livers
Klein, Samuel IM – G&NS Metabolically normal and abnormal obesity
Lawson, Heather Genetics Diet-environment interaction in gene regulation and variation in obesity-related complications
Lenze, Eric Psychiatry Effect of exercise and stress reduction on metabolic and cognitive functions
Lodhi, Irfan IM – Endocrinology & Metabolism Lipogenic pathways in adipose tissue
Lucey, Brendan P Neurology The association between amyloid-β kinetics, age, amyloid levels, and the amyloid-β day/night pattern
Manary, Mark J Pediatrics – Emergency Medicine Childhood malnutrition in sub-Saharan Africa
Mecham, Robert P Cell Biology & Physiology Extracellular matrix proteins and obesity
Meyer, Gretchen Program in Physical Therapy Muscle-fat signaling in muscle degeneration and regeneration
Milbrandt, Jeffrey D Pathology & Immunology Nutrition and axonal degeneration/regeneration
Millman, Jeffrey R IM – Endocrinology & Metabolism Human stem cell differentiation to insulin-producing β cells for diabetes cell replacement therapy
Miller, Timothy Neurology Disease models of ALS, translational neuroscience, novel therapies for neurodegenerative disease
Mittendorfer, Bettina IM – G&NS Diet and metabolic function and muscle protein metabolism in aging
Mysorekar, Indira Obstetrics & Gynecology Autophagy, host-pathogen interactions
Nichols, Colin G Cell Biology & Physiology ATP-sensitive K channels and glucose homeostasis
Ornitz, David Developmental Biology FGF signaling in bone formation and cardiac function/metabolism during development and aging
Ostlund, Richard IM – Endocrinology & Metabolism Regulation of intestinal cholesterol absorption
Park, Yikyung Surgery Modifiable lifestyle factors in relation to health outcomes, particularly cancer
Parra, Diana Program in Physical Therapy Physical activity and obesity
Patterson, Bruce IM – G&NS Methods and modeling of in vivo metabolic kinetics
Piccio, Laura Neurology Diet and multiple sclerosis
Pincus, Zachary Genetics Mechanisms determining inter-individual differences in lifespan, and differences in individual health during aging using model organism C. elegans
Quinn, Elizabeth A Anthropology Effect of human milk on obesity and metabolic disease
Racette, Susan B Program in Physical Therapy Diet and exercise interventions for obesity prevention
Rai, Muhammad F Orthopaedic Surgery Obesity as a risk factor for osteoarthritis
Rajagopal, Rithwick Ophthalmology & Visual Science Pathogenic mechanisms in diabetic retinopathy and neuronal damage in diabetes
Randolph, Gwendalyn Pathology & Immunology Lymphatic system in obesity and cardiometabolic disease
Razani, Babak IM – Cardiology Role of macrophage lysosomal biogenesis in atherosclerosis and cardiac dysfunction of obesity
Reeds, Dominic N IM – G&NS Obesity and metabolic complications in HIV infection
Remedi, Maria IM – Endocrinology & Metabolism Pancreatic beta-cell function, exhaustion and glucotoxicity in obesity and diabetes
Rubin, Deborah C IM – Gastroenterology Adaptive response of the small intestine after resection
Sah, Rajan IM – Cardiology Ion channel regulation of cellular growth and metabolism
Samovski, Dmitri IM – G&NS Endosomal pathway in metabolic targeting of fatty acids
Schilling, Joel IM – Cardiology Macrophage dysfunction and lipotoxicity in obesity/diabetes cardiomyopathy
Schwarz, Julie Radiation Oncology Manipulating cervical tumor glucose metabolism to enhance effectiveness of radiation therapy
Semenkovich, Clay F IM -Endocrinology & Metabolism Cellular mechanisms of insulin resistance
Shoghi, Kooresh I Radiology Multi-organ glucose metabolism in obesity/diabetes
Silva, Matthew J Orthopedic Surgery Bone, fat, aging and mechanical stress interactions
Smith, Gordon I IM – G&NS Protein metabolism and aging
Stein, Richard I IM – G&NS Behavioral therapies for weight loss
Stitziel, Nathan O IM – Cardiology Human genetics of cardiovascular disease
Su, Xiong IM – G&NS Adipocyte peroxisomes and metabolic function
Teitelbaum, Steven L Pathology & Immunology Effect of nutrition and inflammation on bone metabolism
Thio, Kwee Liu-Lin Neurology Ketone body metabolism and the brain
Thompson, Michael Pediatrics -Endocrinology & Diabetes Impact of maternal obesity on offspring liver disease and metabolic health
Toriola, Adetunji Surgery Impact of weight loss and physical activity on bone and survival in cancer
Turk, John W IM – Endocrinology & Metabolism Lipid signaling in beta-cells and insulin-sensitive tissues
Urano, Fumihiko IM – Endocrinology & Metabolism Endoplasmic reticulum stress and metabolic function
Veis, Deborah IM – Bone & Mineral Diseases Mouse model of IKKa ablation in Osx+ cells that loses fat with age and is resistant to high fat diet induced obesity
Wang, Leyao Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine How dietary factors regulate infant gut microbiome in a post-disaster environment
Warner, Brad W Surgery Intestinal adaptation and growth after massive resection
Welch, John IM – Bone & Mineral Diseases Diet and acute promyelocytic leukemia
White, Neil H Pediatrics – Endocrinology & Metabolism Clinical therapies in pediatric obesity and diabetes
Wilfley, Denise Psychiatry Prevention and treatment of obesity & eating disorders
Yoshino, Jun IM – G&NS Time-restricted feeding, adipose tissue NAD biology, proteins and insulin resistance
Zayed, Mohamed A Surgery Influences of diabetes on peripheral arterial disease

NORC Associate Members

Name Primary department Research focus
Brunt, Elizabeth Pathology & Immunobiology Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
Eagon, Christopher J Surgery Surgical treatment of obesity
Eyler, Amy A School of Social Work & Public Health Physical activity public policy
Farabi, Sarah IM – Nutritional Science Sleep and metabolic disease in pregnancy
Holy, Timothy E Anatomy & Neurobiology Effect of sensory input on behavior and food intake
Hruz, Paul W Pediatrics – Endocrinology & Metabolism Glucose transport proteins in human diseases
Hsu, Fong IM – Endocrinology & Metabolism Structural characterization and quantification of complex lipids in metabolic disease
Kayser, Brandon IM – G&NS Untargeted metabolomics in human nutrition
Levin, Marc IM – Gastroenterology Nutrition and small intestinal adaptation after intestinal resection
Mann, Douglas L IM – Cardiology Molecular and cellular basis of heart failure, with particular emphasis on the role of innate immunity in heart failure
Mueckler, Mike M Cell Biology & Physiology Insulin signaling in adipose tissue and muscle
Nicol, Ginger E Psychiatry – Child Psychiatry Cardiovascular/cardiometabolic risk in mentally ill people; adults and children; childhood obesity; eating disorders
Palanisamy, Arvind Anesthesiology Perinatal factors and role of oxytocin in childhood obesity
Peterson, Linda R IM – Cardiology Myocardial metabolism in obesity
Peterson, Lindsay L IM – Medical Oncology Diet and physical activity in breast cancer patients
Peterson, Timothy R IM – Bone & Mineral Diseases Genomics and metabolomics of aging and mental health (stem cells, bone, brain)
Rudnick, David Pediatrics – Gastroenterology & Nutrition Nutritional regulation of hepatic regeneration
Shaw, Paul J Anatomy & Neurobiology Sleep homeostasis and metabolic function
Stenson, William F IM – Gastroenterology Intestinal inflammation and nutrition
Stone, Stephen Pediatrics – Endocrinology & Diabetes Insulin resistance syndromes

NORC trainees

Chondronikola, Maria IM – G&NS Role of brown adipose tissue in metabolic regulation
 IM=Internal Medicine; G&NS=Geriatrics and Nutritional Science

Please acknowledge the Washington University NORC, Nutrition Obesity Research Center,  in your publications by: “Supported by NIH grant P30 DK056341 (Nutrition Obesity Research Center).”