Brian Bennett, Ph.D.
- Zbtb16 has a role in brown adipocyte bioenergetics
- Quantitative trait loci affecting atherosclerosis at the aortic root identified in an intercross between DBA2J and 129S6 apolipoprotein E-null mice
- Comparative genome-wide association studies in mice and humans for trimethylamine N-oxide, a proatherogenic metabolite of choline and L-carnitine
- Genetic regulation of mouse liver metabolite levels
- Effect of egg ingestion on trimethylamine-N-oxide production in humans: a randomized, controlled, dose-response study
- A small amount of dietary carbohydrate can promote the HFD-induced insulin resistance to a maximal level
- Genetic network identifies novel pathways contributing to atherosclerosis susceptibility in the innominate artery
- Responsiveness of cardiometabolic-related microbiota to diet is influenced by host genetics
Brian J. Bennett, Ph.D., joined the UNC Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) in 2011 as assistant professor. Dr. Bennett researches genetic susceptibility to cardiovascular disease and obesity and investigates the effects of diet on these metabolic diseases.
His work has helped identify new indicators of disease such as trimethylamine N-oxide’s (TMAO) association with cardiovascular disease. Dr. Bennett’s studies regarding TMAO have stimulated his current interest in understanding how the gut microbiome affects cardiovascular disease.
Dr. Bennett has published more than 30 peer-reviewed publications in prestigious journals including: Cell, Cell Metabolism and Nature. Dr. Bennett is a recipient of a National Institute of Health K99/R00 “Pathways to Independence” award. This highly competitive award is designed to enhance the research performed by beginning professors.
Dr. Bennett earned his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Ithaca College, his Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences from the University of New Hampshire, and his Ph.D. from the University of Washington. He conducted his post-doctoral training in molecular genetics at the University of California, Los Angeles. In addition to his appointment at the NRI, Dr. Bennett has a joint appointment in the Departments of Genetics and Nutrition at UNC-Chapel Hill.