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Mid-Atlantic NORC Funded Members

Name 

Affiliation 

Academic Rank 

Department/Division 

Research Interest 

Antalis, Toni  UMD     Professor     Physiology Vascular diseases, inflammation

Appel, Lawrence 

JHU

Professor

Medicine/Nephrology

Diet, hypertension, lipids, prevention

Armando, Ines 

UMD

Associate Professor

Medicine

Hypertension, salt sensitivity

Beamer, Brock 

UMD

Assistant Professor

Medicine/Gerontology

Genetics of frailty, aging, sarcopenia, inflammation

Beitelshees, Amber 

UMD

Assistant Professor

Medicine/Endocrinology

Pharmacogenetics of beta blockers, genes involved in lipid and glucose metabolism

Bennett, Wendy  JHU Assistant Professor     Medicine Obesity and women's health, pregnancy complications, future disease risk

Bi, Sheng 

JHU

Associate Professor

Psychiatry

Neuroscience, obesity, food intake, energy balance

Black, Maureen 

UMD

Professor

Pediatrics

Obesity and nutrition in children, physical activity

Blumenthal, Jacob 

UMD

Assistant Professor

Medicine

Exercise and weight loss, aging, adipokines

Brady, Tammy  JHU Assistant Professor     Pediatric Nephrology Pediatric obesity and blood pressure, kidney disease, technology-supported interventions

Braid, Susan 

UMD

Assistant Professor

Nursing

infant growth, methylation 

Carey, David 

Geisinger

Senior Scientist

Weis Research Center

Genomics of morbid obesity, CVD

Chaffin, Charles 

UMD

Associate Professor

Ob/Gyn

Ovarian lipoprotein metabolism, glucose and lipid metabolism

Chang, Christy 

UMD

Assistant Professor

Medicine

Genetics of hypertension, dietary sodium

Cheskin, Lawrence  JHU Associate Professor Gastroenterology     Childhood obesity, clinical trials of diet and obesity

Clark, Jeanne 

JHU

Associate Professor

Medicine/Gastroenterology

Hepatic steatosis, diabetes, obesity

Cole, John  UMD Associate Professor Neurology Genetic and lifestyle determinants of stroke 
D'Adamo, Christopher  UMD Assistant Professor Center for Integrative Medicine Nutritional therapies, nutritional intervention studies, nutritional epidemiology

Damcott, Coleen 

UMD

Assistant Professor

MedicineEndocrinology

Genetics of diabetes, obesity, perilipin, CVD

Daumit, Gail  JHU Associate Professor Medicine Obesity in patients with serious mental illness

Davis, Stephen 

UMD

Professor

Medicine

Diabetes, hypoglycemia, glucoregulatory hormones

Deiuliis, Jeffrey  UMD Assistant Professor Medicine/Cardiology Gene regulation, metabolic syndrome, microRNA

Dobs, Adrian 

JHU

Professor

Medicine/Endocrinology

Hypogonadism, fertility

Espenshade, Peter  JHU Professor Cell Biology Yeast and mammalian molecular cell biology, cholesterol metabolism

Farber, Steven 

JHU

Investigator

JHU/Carnegie Institute

Lipid and protein metabolism, intestinal physiology, zebra fish

Feng, Hanping  UMD Associate Professor     UM School of Dentistry Microbiology, immunology

Fink, Jeffrey 

UMD

Associate Professor

Medicine/Nephrology

Chronic kidney disease, hypertension

Fraser, Claire 

UMD

Professor

Medicine

Genetics of complex disease, the microbiome in disease, obesity

Gerhard, Glenn 

Geisinger

Staff Scientist

Weis Research Center

Genomic Medicine, morbid obesity, hepatic steatosis

Girnun, Geoffrey 

UMD

Assistant Professor

Biochemistry

PPARγ ligands and insulin sensitivity, cancer biology, obesity, diabetes

Gittelsohn, Joel  JHU Professor International Health/Human Nutrition Interventions, clinical trials of nutrition, income disparities
Glass, Thomas  JHU Professor Epidemiology/Global Obesity Prevention Center Social and behavioral factors in obesity

Goldberg, Andrew 

UMD

Professor

Medicine/Gerontology

Obesity, exercise, diet and fat metabolism in aging

Goldberg, Richard 

UMD

Associate Professor

Psychiatry

CVD prevention in schizophrenia, wellness, diet and exercise

Gong, Da-Wei 

UMD

Associate Professor

Medicine/Endocrinology

Genomics, insulin resistance, obesity, stem cells, diabetes

Griffith, Bartley  UMD Professor Surgery Heart and lung transplantation, aortic diseases
Gudzune, Kimberly  JHU Assistant Professor Medicine Obesity, patient-provider relationship, social environment, diet and exercise
Guo, Zhiyong  UMD Assistant Professor     Pharmacology Androgen and androgen receptors

Hafer-Macko, Charlene 

UMD

Associate Professor

Neurology

Inflammation, muscle biology, neuromuscular disease, exercise

Hagberg, James  UMCP Professor Kinesiology Exercise training, cardiovascular risk

Hager, Erin 

UMD

Assistant Professor

Pediatrics

Child nutrition and obesity, physical activity in children, adolescent nutrition

Hamad, Abdel  JHU Associate Professor Pathology/Immunology Obesity, regulation by immune cells

Hochberg, Marc 

UMD

Professor

Medicine/Rheumatology

Osteoporosis, bone metabolism, rheumatology, hip fracture

Hong, Elliot  UMD Professor Psychiatry Brain signaling, neurons, food intake, schizophrenia

Horenstein, Richard 

UMD

Assistant Professor

Medicine/Endocrinology

Phamacogenomics, genetics of obesity, insulin resistance, lipid metabolism

Irving, Brian  Geisinger Staff Scientist Geisinger Obesity Institute Exercise, body composition, bariatric surgery

Ivey, Frederick 

UMD

Assistant Professor

Medicine/Gerontology

Exercise rehabilitation, vascular biology, insulin resistance, stroke

Jones, Laundette 

UMD

Assistant Professor

Pharmacology

Breast cancer, aromatase, brown adipose tissue

Jones-Smith, Jessica  JHU Assistant Professor International Health/Human Nutrition     Economic disparities, weight-related health

Jose, Pedro 

UMD

Professor

Medicine

Renal disease, blood pressure, salt sensitivity

Katzel, Les  UMD Associate Professor Medicine Exercise, weight loss, functional performance, cognition

Kittner, Steven 

UMD

Professor

Neurology

Genetics of early onset stroke, thrombosis, vascular biology

Kochunov, Peter  UMD Associate Professor Psychiatry Neuroimaging, statistical modeling

Kraitchman, Dara 

JHU

Professor

Radiology and Radiological Science

Novel imaging modalities for bariatric surgery

Kreyenbuhl, Julie  UMD Associate Professor     Psychiatry Psychopharmacology, compliance in populations with mental illness
Lazo-Elizondo, Mariana JHU Assistant Professor     Epidemiology Fatty liver, liver diseases, bariatric surgery
Lee, Bruce  JHU Associate Professor International Health/Human Nutrition Systems science, GIS, obesity modeling
Lewis, Joshua  UMD Assistant Professor     Medicine Pharmacogenomics of cardiovascular drug response, metabolomics
Li, Zhiping  JHU Associate Professor     Medicine Fatty liver disease, nutrition
Lindberg, Iris  UMD Professor Anatomy and Neurobiology Neurobiology, proprotein processing

Macko, Richard 

UMD

Professor

Neurology

Stroke rehabilitation, insulin resistance, muscle and vascular biology, neuroplasticity

Magaziner, Jay 

UMD

Professor

Epidemiology

Epidemiology of aging, frailty, hip fracture

Maruthur, Nisa  JHU Assistant Professor Medicine Translational research, diet, activity, weight loss, diabetes susceptibility genes
McArdle, Patrick  UMD Assistant Professor     Medicine Epidemiologic methods, stroke

McLenithan, John 

UMD

Assistant Professor

Medicine/Endocrinology

Adipocyte biology, insulin signaling, obesity

Merchanthaler, Istvan  UMD Professor Epidemiology and Public Health Neuroendocrinology, estrogen

Miller, Michael 

UMD

Professor

Cardiovascular Medicine

Preventive medicine, low fat diets, lipid metabolism

Mindikoglu, Ayse  UMD Assistant Professor     Medicine Cirrhosis, biomarkers for renal function
Mirshahi, Tooraj  Geisinger Staff Scientist Geisinger Obesity Institute Bariatric surgery, genetic basis of obesity

Mitchell, Braxton 

UMD

Professor

Medicine/Endocrinology

Genetic epidemiology of diabetes, CVD, osteoporosis

Mongodin, Emmanuel  UMD Assistant Professor Microbiology and Immunology Microbiome and Human Disease
Montasser, May  UMD Assistant Professor Medicine/Endocrinology Cardiovascular disease genetics

Moran, Timothy 

JHU

Professor

Psychiatry

Neuroscience, eating behavior, GI, food intake

Navas-Acien, Ana  JHU Associate Professor Environmental Health Sciences/Epidemiology Heavy metals, obesity, cardiovascular disease
Ndumele, Chiadi  JHU Assistant Professor Medicine Obesity, cardiovascular disease, heart failure
Nyquist, Paul  JHU Associate Professor Neurology Stroke, inflammation, aging, brain changes
O'Connell, Jeff  UMD Associate Professor Medicine Genetic regulation of lipid levels, statistical genetics, methods, sequencing, gene x environment interacations
Olson, John  UMD Professor Surgery Calcium sensing, endocrine tumors
Ortmeyer, Heidi  UMD Assistant Professor     Medicine Cellular and whole body effects of exercise training
Overby, Casey  UMD   Assistant Professor Medicine/Endocrinology     Translational bioinformatics and implementation science  
Parsa, Afshin  UMD Associate Professor Medicine Renal disease, endothelial function

Passaniti, Antonio 

UMD

Associate Professor

Pathology

Angiogenesis, antioxidants and insulin sensitivity

Pollin, Toni  UMD Associate Professor     Medicine/Endocrinology Lipids, cardiovascular diseases, genomics, ApoC3

Polotsky, Vsevolod  

JHU

Associate Professor

Medicine/Pulmonary

Sleep-disordered breathing, obesity hypoventilation syndrome, diabetes

Postolache, Teodor  UMD Professor Psychiatry Metabolic syndrome and psychiatric disease, neuroendocrine causes of obesity

Prior, Steven 

UMD

Assistant Professor

Medicine

Angiogenesis, vascular dysfunction, exercise training

Puett, Robin  UMCP Associate Professor MD Inst for Applied Environmental Health Air pollution, metabolic syndrome

Punjabi, Naresh 

JHU

Associate Professor

Medicine/Pulmonary

Sleep apnea, sleep architecture, insulin resistance, obesity

Quinn, Charlene 

UMD

Assistant Professor

Epidemiology

Diabetes in the elderly, epidemiology of aging and chronic disease

Quon, Michael     UMD Professor Medicine Cardiovascular disease, insulin signaling, endothelial cell function
Raben, Dan  JHU Professor     Biological Chemistry Interfacial enzymology of lipid metabolizing signaling enzymes, structure/function, physiological functions
Rajagopalan, Sanjay  UMD Professor Medicine Inflammation, atherosclerosis
Raufman, Jean-Pierre  UMD Professor Medicine Gastrointestinal Cell Signaling

Reece, E. Albert 

UMD

Professor and Dean

Dean’s Office

Diabetes and maternal-fetal health, disease prevention

Reeves, Gloria 

UMD

Assistant Professor

Psychiatry

Childhood obesity, antipsychotic drugs

Resnick, Barbara  UMD Professor Nursing/Gerontology Behavioral interventions, physical activity, older adults

Rizzo, Mark 

UMD

Assistant Professor

Physiology

Insulin secretion, incretin hormones

Robishaw, Janet 

Geisinger

Senior Scientist

Weis Research Center

G-Proteins, diet induced obesity, genetics

Roth, Stephen  UMCP Professor Kinesiology Genetic variation to exercise response

Russell, James 

UMD

Associate Professor

Neurology

Diabetic neuropathy, prevention, oxidative stress

Ryan, Alice 

UMD

Professor

Medicine/Gerontology

Obesity, exercise, glucose metabolism, inflammation muscle biology

Saksvig, Brit  UMCP Assistant Professor Epidemiology and Biostatistics Physical activity, nutrition interventions, underserved populations
Saxena, Neeraj  UMD Assistant Professor Medicine Adipokine signaling in NAFLD
Scheimann, Ann  JHU Associate Professor Pediatrics NAFLD, weight management in children, Prader-Willi

Schwartz, Alan  

JHU

Professor

Medicine/Pulmonary

Sleep disordered breathing, obesity, metabolism

Seliger, Stephen  UMD Associate Professor      Medicine Chronic kidney disease
Serra, Monica  UMD      Assistant Professor Medicine Obesity, body fat distribution, sarcopenia, inflammation, nutrition
Sharma, Dipali  JHU Associate Professor Oncology Obesity, breast cancer

Shuldiner, Alan 

UMD

Professor

Medicine/Endocrinology

Genetics of diabetes, obesity and complex diseases, nutragenomics and pharmacogenomics

Silver, Kristi 

UMD

Assoicate Professor

Medicine/Endocrinology

Genetics of islet cell biology, diabetes, insulin secretion

Smith, Wanli 

UMD

Assistant Professor

School of Pharmacy

Molecular mechanisms underlying energy balance, regulation of food intake

Snitker, Soren 

UMD

Associate Professor

Medicine/Endocrinology

PPARγ agonists, insulin sensitivity, energy balance, childhood obesity

Sorkin, John 

UMD

Associate Professor

Medicine/Gerontology

Biostatistics, informatics, obesity, diabetes, exercise

Spangenburg, Espen  UMCP Associate Professor Kinesiology Exercise effects on cytokines
Stearns, Vered  JHU Professor Oncology Breast cancer, biomarkers, treatment
Steele, Kimberley  JHU Associate Professor Surgery Brain dopamine receptors, gastric bypass surgery, genetics, metabolism and physiology of obesity

Steinle, Nanette 

UMD

Assistant Professor

Medicine/Endocrinology

Eating behavior, hypertension, gut microbiome, genetics of metabolic syndrome

Stephens, Sarah H.  UMD Assistant Professor Medicine Genetic epidemiology, behavioral genetics, personalized medicine

Still, Christopher 

Geisinger

Director

Geisinger Obesity Institute

Morbid obesity, nutrition, preventive medicine

Streeten, Elizabeth  UMD Associate Professor Medicine/Endocrinology Genetic regulation and risk factors for low bone mineral density, vitamin D

Strickland, Dudley 

UMD

Professor

Surgery

Lipoprotein metabolism, LDL receptor

Sule, Sangeeta  JHU Assistant Professor Pediatrics Diet and autoimmune disease
Swaan, Peter  UMD Professor School of Pharmacy Membrane transporter proteins

Sztalryd, Carole 

UMD

Associate Professor

Medicine

Adipocyte biology, lipid droplet, obesity, insulin resistance,

Tamashiro, Kellie 

JHU

Assistant Professor

Psychiatry

Epigenetics of prenatal environment, metabolic disease

Taylor, Simeon  UMD Professor Medicine/Endocrinology Lipid metabolism, insulin signaling, drug development, translational medicine
Thom, Stephen  UMD Professor Emergency Medicine Stem cell mobilization in diabetes, exercise, decompression stress
Thornton, Rachel  JHU Assistant Professor Pediatrics Health disparities, cardiovascular disease and obesity risk among children and adolescents
Vaidya, Dhananjay  JHU Associate Professor Medicine Metabolic and genetic mechanisms leading to premature vascular dysfunction in high risk families
Vitolo, Michele  UMD Assistant Professor Physiology Molecular genetics of cancer

Walston, Jeremy 

JHU

Professor

Medicine/Geriatric Medicine

Frailty, inflammation, nutrition, mobility

Wang, Yan  UMD Assistant Professor Pediatrics Obesity prevention in children

Watkins, Paul 

JHU

Professor

Neurology

Fatty acid metabolism, obesity

Weber, David  UMD Professor Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Translation of disease diagnostics and therapeutics
Welling, Paul  UMD Professor Physiology Molecular genetics and physiology of electrolyte transport disorders, salt sensitivity

White, Owen 

UMD

Professor

Medicine

Genomics, bioinformatics, biostatistics

Wolfgang, Michael  JHU Associate Professor      Biological Chemistry Molecular genetics, mouse models, mechanisms of sensing and responding to nutritional/metabolic cues
Wong, Guang William  JHU Associate Professor Physiology Paracrine/endocrine regulation, adipose tissue growth and metabolism, insulin resistance, skeletal muscle-adipose tissue cross talk
Wu, Sheng  JHU Assistant Professor Pediatrics Regulation of insulin signaling in reproductive tissues, PCOS

Yang, Peixin 

UMD

Associate Professor

Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences

Obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences

Yerges-Armstrong, Laura 

UMD

Assistant Professor

Medicine/Endocrinology

Genetics of fatty liver disease

Yu, Liqing  UMCP Associate Professor Animal and Avian Sciences Cellular lipid metabolism
Zaghloul, Norann  UMD Assistant Professor Medicne/Endocrinology Zebrafish, fatty liver, pancreas, beta cells, atherosclerosis, type 2 diabetes
Zhao, Aiping  UMD Associate Professor Radiation Oncology Immune regulation of gut function and inflammation
Zhou, Qun  UMD Associate Professor Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Epigenetic regulation of tumor suppressor genes, long non-coding RNA, microRNA, cancer stem cells

 

Mid-Atlantic NORC Associate Members

Name 

Affiliation 

Academic Rank 

Department/ Division 

Research Interest 

Aja, Susan 

JHU

Assistant Professor

Psychiatry

Energy metabolism/obesity/CNS Neuropeptides/Food Intake

Baer, David  USDA Supervisory Research Physiologist Food Components and Health Laboratory Phytonutrients, energy metabolism, obesity, CVD and diabetes risk
Bleich, Sara  JHU Associate Professor Health Policy and Management Public policy, obesity prevention, disparities in obesity care, environmental strategies to reduce obesity
Breitwieser, Gerda  Geisinger Senior Scientist Weis Center for Research Cell signaling
Collins, Kim  UMD Adjunct Associate Professor Microbiology and Immunology Protein structure, function and stability, biochemistry, enzyme kinetics

Fu, Mao 

UMD

Research Associate

Medicine/Endocrinology

Genetics of diabetes, obesity, CVD

Inscore, Anjeli 

UMD

Research Associate

Medicine/Gerontology

Cognitive function, stress, obesity, yoga

Jun, Jonathan 

JHU

Assistant Professor

Medicine

Metabolic effects of sleep-disordered breathing

Lamos, Elizabeth 

UMD

Assistant Professor

Medicine/Endocrinology

Treatment of type 2 diabetes

Liang, Yulan 

UMD

Associate Professor

School of Nursing

Statistical genomics of common diseases, gene expression

O'Connor, Timothy 

UMD

Assistant Professor

Medicine

Population genetics, contributions of rare variations to complex disease

Port, Ava 

UMD

Assistant Professor

Medicine/Endocrinology

Bariatric surgery, education

Reed, Robert 

UMD

Assistant Professor

Medicine

Lung transplantation, lung disease

Stein, Stephanie  UMD Assistant Professor Medicine/Endocrinology Treatment of diabetes
Sun, Xiao Jian  UMD      Assistant Professor Medicine/Endocrinology Molecular mechanism of insulin action, insulin resistance

Wang, Hong 

UMD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Medicine/Endocrinology

Adipocyte biology, lipid droplet

Yang, Rongze 

UMD

Assistant Professor

Medicine/Endocrinology

Fatty liver, stem cells