Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology Graduate Group

Maria Chondronikola

  • Assistant Professor
  • Department of Nutrition, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Research Interests:Dr. Chondronikola’s research interests include: 1) the role of brown and white adipose tissue in metabolic health in humans, and 2) nutritional approaches for the prevention/treatment of obesity and its related metabolic diseases.

Paul Ashwood

  • Professor
  • Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine
Research Interests: Understanding the immunological underpinnings of neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism, Fragile X syndrome, Tourette’s syndrome, schizophrenia and mood disorders.

Engineering a Balanced Diet? Hormone FGF21 Promotes Protein Preference

In a study appearing in Endocrinology, Associate Professor Karen Ryan and her colleagues identified the hormone fibroblast growth factor-21 (FGF21) as a control for regulating dietary protein intake in male mice. They found that male mice injected with the hormone increased their intake of dietary protein over carbohydrates and fats.