Project Leaders/Pilot and Seed Grant Recipients

Current Project Leaders 

Jung

Jung Yul Lim, PhD
Associate Professor
Mechanical and Materials Engineering
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Project: "Adipocyte mechanotransduction and insulin signaling"
More information about Jung Yul Lim

Fabiana

Fabiana Silva, PhD
Assistant Professor
College of Public Health
Department of Health Promotion
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Project: “Cultural adaptation and feasibility testing of a technology-based pediatric weigh management intervention for rural Latino communities” 
More information about Fabiana Silva



Sunil

Sunil Sukumaran, PhD
Assistant Professor 
Nutrition and Health Sciences
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Project: “Biased sweet taste signaling pathways in mice and humans”
More information about Sunil Sukumaran

Ivan

Ivan J. Vechetti Jr., PhD
Assistant Professor 
Nutrition and Health Sciences
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Project: “The role of muscle-derived extracellular vesicles in adipocyte metabolism”
More information about Ivan Vechetti

Qiuming

Qiuming Yao, PhD
Assistant Professor 
Computer Science and Engineering
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Project: “Multi-modal omics in resolving gut microbiota and host interactions for diet induced obesity”
More information about Qiuming Yao

Current Pilot Projects

Becky Rebecca Oberley-Deegan
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
University of Nebraska Medical Center
P01/Multiple PI pilot grant:
“Understanding the mechanism of obesity-induced radiation damage”

 

Current Seed Projects

Micah Micah Schott
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
University of Nebraska Medical Center
“Microautophagy of Lipid Droplets by Endosomal Trafficking Mechanisms”

 

Former Project Leaders

Cohort 1 - August 2014 - May 2017 Project leader Project title
Mott Justin Mott
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology 
University of Nebraska Medical Center Omaha
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“Palmitoleate Protects against Cholangiocyte Lipoapoptosis”

Su Qiaozhu Su 
now Queen’s Univ. Belfast 
More information about Qiaozhu Su

“Redox signaling, endoplasmic reticulum stress, high-fat diet, and metabolic syndrome”

Juan Juan Cui
Computer Science & Engineering
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
More information about Juan Cui

“Bioinformatics-guided Discovery of Dietary MicroRNA Signals in Obesity”

Amanda Amanda Ramer-Tait
Food Science & Technology
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
More information about Amanda Ramer-Tait

“Gut microbe signaling, epigenetics, and inflammatory processes”

Soonkyu Soonkyu Chung
now at School of Public Health & Health Sciences
University of Massachusetts Amherst
More information about Soonkyu Chung

“Regulation of White Adipocyte Browning by Dietary Fatty Acids”

Cohort 2 - June 2017 - May 2020
Evi Evi Farazi
College of Public Health
University of Nebraska Medical Center Omaha
More information about Evi Farazi

“Identification of metabolic biomarkers and signaling changes associated with obesity related hepatocellular carcinoma”

Sathish Sathish Natarajan
Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
More information about Sathish Natarajan
“Palmitoleate protects against 3-hydroxy fatty acid-induced lipotoxicity to placenta and maternal liver during acute fatty liver of pregnancy”
Sun Xinghui Sun
Department of Biochemistry
University of Nebraska-Lincoln 
More information about Xinghui Sun

“Endothelial long non-coding RNA Meg3, adipose tissue dysfunction, and obesity”

Dustin Dustin Yates
Department of Animal Science
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
More information about Dustin Yates

“Impact of maternal oxygen supplementation on adaptive metabolic dysfunction in IUGR fetuses”

Jiujiu Jiujiu Yu
Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
More information about Jiujiu Yu

“Effects of grapefruit extracellular vesicle-like nanoparticles on NLRP3 inflammasome activation”

 

Former Pilot Project recipients:

Paras Kumar Mishra (UNMC): “Gut dysbiosis in diabetic cardiomyopathy” 2021
Rebekah Gundry (UNMC): “Glycan signatures as mechanistic markers of beta cell injury in diabetes” 2020-2021
Rohita Sinha (UNL, Food Science): “Computational method to select bioactive dietary-peptides inhibiting microbial pathways associated with obesity,” 2017-2019
Kaustav Majumder (Food Science, UNL)  2018-2019
Audrey Atkin (UNL, Biological Sciences) “Molecular characterization of human miRISC complexes following treatment with cow milk exosome” 2016-2018
Srivatsan Kidambi (UNL, Chem. Eng.)  2016-2017
Jiri Adamec (UNL, Biochemistry) 2015-2016
Samodha Fernando (UNL, Animal Science, 2015-2016

Former Seed Project recipients:

Amy Desaulniers (UNL): “Impacts of dietary milk exosome consumption on the testicular transcriptome” 2022
John S. Davis(UNMC): “Identification of metabolic pathways in ovarian steroidogenic tissues” 2021
Donald F. Becker (IANR/ARD): "Impact of obesity on proline energy metabolism in the mitochondrion” 2021
Ed Harris (IANR): “Contribution of copper in non-alcohol steatohepatitis” 2021
Oleh Khalimonchuk (IANR): "Mechanisms of Heme Transport and Distribution in Erythropoiesis” 2021
Dipti A. Dev (UNL): "SensiTray: Improving Feasibility and Validity in Children’s Dietary Assessment” 2021
Christopher R. Gustafson (IANR): “Health promotion in complex food choice environments: the effect of decision prompts on attention to products, nutrient information, and choice” 2021
Jaekwon Lee (UNL): "Mitigation of obesity and Hepatic steatosis by copper limitation" 2020-2021
Jennifer Auchtung (UNL): “Determining the role of bovine milk exosomes, a class of bioactive food compounds, in modulating the gastrointestinal microbiome and functional resistance to infection with Clostridioides difficile” 2020-2021
Seung-Hyun Ro (Biochemistry, UNL)  2019
Ann Anderson Berry (UNMC)  2019
Paul Thomes (UNMC) 2017-2018
Jiujiu Yu (Dept. of Nutrition and Health Sciences, UNL) Seed grant project: “Identification of microRNA in grapefruit extracellular vesicles and its target gene that reduce NLRP3 inflammasome activation” 2016-2017
Dustin Yates (Department of Animal Science, UNL),Seed Grant: “Identification of microRNA in grapefruit extracellular vesicles and its target gene that reduce NLRP3 inflammasome activation” 2016-2017
Sathish Natarajan (Dept. of Nutrition and Health Sciences, UNL), Seed grant: “Mechanism of 3-hydroxy fatty acid-induced placental trophoblast and hepatocyte lipoapoptosis” 2016 
Tara Nordgren (UNMC): “Role of dietary microRNAs on human macrophage function” 2016-2017
Jung Yul Lim (UNL, Mechan. Eng.): “Adipokine Mechanobiology for Insulin Signaling” 2016-2017
Jiujiu Yu (UNL, NHS): “Identification of microRNA in grapefruit extracellular vesicles and its target gene that reduce NLRP3 inflammasome activation” 2017
Audrey Atkin (UNL, Biological Sciences): “Molecular characterization of human miRISC complexes following treatment with cow milk exosome miRNAs” 2015-2016
Ed Harris/Cliff Stains (Biochemistry & Chemistry, UNL) 2015-2016

Revision Grant – Dr. Saraswathi Viswanathan (UNMC) “The role of TP-R on obesity-linked metabolic disorders” 2020