OBESITY is an EPIDEMIC
Currently, 2 of 3 adult Americans are overweight and 1 of 4
Americans are clinically obese. There are 3 major
contributors to obesity:
- Genetics (5% of
clinical obesity = direct cause)
- Physical Inactivity
consumption of high-fat, high-caloric foods
The number #1 reason people
eat unhealthy high-fat foods is that those foods taste
great. If we can understand this motivation to eat
high-fat food, then we can develop fatty taste substitutes
that retain the flavor of fat without the calories.
That would help reduce the prevalence of obesity and the
serious health consequences that are associated with
the taste of fat
laboratory is providing evidence that the taste of
high-fat foods may motivate us to eat
more of these delicious yet unhealthy choices.
drugs affect taste
~ Furthermore, we are examining whether
drugs that we take to reduce
anxiety may contribute to the
over-eating of tasty foods.
is another major goal of my laboratory.
Every year 3-8 undergraduate students gain hands-on
experience conducting rigorous world-class research projects
in my laboratory. In addition to technical laboratory
skills, students develop logical, critical thinking skills
and learn creative problem solving strategies while
collecting, analyzing, and report the experimental data.
I am always looking for motivated and enthusiastic students
to learn in my laboratory.
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