Steven H. Zeisel, MD, PhD
- Metabolomic Approaches to Explore Chemical Diversity of Human Breast-Milk, Formula Milk and Bovine Milk
- Interactions Between Nuclear Receptor SHP and FOXA1 Maintain Oscillatory Homocysteine Homeostasis in Mice
- Genetic variation of folate-mediated one-carbon transfer pathway predicts susceptibility to choline deficiency in humans
- Status of nutrition education in medical schools
- The evolution of Nutrition in Medicine, a computer-assisted nutrition curriculum
- Phosphatidylcholine Supplementation in Pregnant Women Consuming Moderate-Choline Diets Does Not Enhance Infant Cognitive Function
- Choline Metabolism Provides Novel Insights into Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and its Progression
- Choline Dehydrogenase Polymorphism RS12676 is a Functional Variation and is Associated with Changes in Human Sperm Cell Function
- Choline Intake and Risk of Lethal Prostate Cancer Incidence and Survival
- p38 Mitogen-activated Protein Kinase (MAPK) PromotesCholesterol Ester Accumulation in Macrophages through Inhibition of Macroautophag
Research Technician, Zeisel Labwalter_friday@unc.edu
Walter Friday, a Kannapolis native, recently returned to Cabarrus County to get married. He is a 2010 graduate of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College with an AAS in Biotechnology. He is pleased to be working at the Nutrition Research Institute as a research technician. He enjoys spending time with his wife, reading, and traveling.
Tonia Hermon, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Zeisel Labtonia_hermon@unc.edu
Dr. Hermon joined the NRI in January 2019. She received her PhD in Biomedical Sciences from Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) & Old Dominion University (ODU) joint PhD program. She has more than 10 years of experience as a basic research scientist studying diseases and physiological processes that are highly regulated by steroid hormones such as estrogen. Over the past two years she has served as a volunteer clinical researcher managing and participating in projects that focused on nutrigenetic analyses of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) related to choline metabolism. Her research interest is to identify genetic variations (SNPs) in genes related to the metabolism of the nutrient choline with specific focus on estrogen-responsive metabolites and genes. Overall, her long-term career goal is to become a competitive clinical research scientist faculty member in her hometown St. Thomas US Virgin Islands, focusing on the association of genetic variation, and nutritional requirements and status.
Research Technician, Zeisel Lablauren_hinkle@unc.edu
Lauren joined the NRI in July 2018 as a Research Technician for the Zeisel Lab. She is currently a senior at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology with a minor in Public Health. Lauren is a Charlotte native and enjoys traveling, and spending time with her family.
Sunil Hwang, PhD
Lab Manager–Zeisel Labsunil_hwang@unc.edu
Sunil Hwang received his Ph.D degree in Animal Science and Biotechnology from Kyungpook National University, South Korea. He was a senior scientist investigating the clinical and translational proteomics research at Carolinas HealthCare System. He has extensive experience in biomedical and pharmaceutical analytics, automatic sample preparation, subcellular fractionation, and molecular cellular proteomics using liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry. Sunil is currently working on the Choline Status Study, designed to detect changes in the metabolome that reflect choline intake status.
Research Technician, Zeisel Labmaricela_lara@unc.edu
Maricela came to the Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) as an intern student from RCCC. She was hired in May 2018 as a research technician by Dr. Meyer to study the diet of rodents and primates with a focus on how the gut microbiome relates to health. In late 2019, Marcela moved to the Zeisel Lab where she continues to work as a research technician.
Study Coordinator, Zeisel Labjulie_stegall@unc.edu
In January 2018, Julie took on a new role as a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Zeisel Lab. She joined the NRI in 2009, and has worked on research studies with babies, toddlers, school age children, and adults, as well as managing other lab responsibilities. She was drawn to the NRI in 2009 by the opportunity to work with Carol Cheatham, PhD as a recruiter for her studies with children. She quickly became a research assistant and lab manager during her 5 years with the Cheatham team. An opportunity presented itself for her to focus in a different area with Philip May, PhD. As a result of her past experiences with children diagnosed with a FASD, Julie became engrossed in May's research to understand more about this challenging problem. Julie earned a BA in Journalism and Mass Communications and a Masters in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her work with children and families spans a variety of locations and settings. Julie is a native of Kannapolis.
Isis Trujillo, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Zeisel Labisis_trujillo@unc.edu
Isis Trujillo received her PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Her research was focused on the role of metabolic proteins associated with biotin in transcriptional regulation. She also collaborated on breast cancer research projects. Her interests include nutrigenomics, epigenetics and metabolism. She is now investigating how bioavailability of choline affects epigenetics neural progenitor cells.