Lisa Marie Tussing-Humphreys

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    College: Medicine Department: Institute of Health Research and Policy
    Title: Assistant Professor
    Office: 1747 W. Roosevelt Road Phone: 312-355-5521
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    My research has two main themes. First, my group is examining iron metabolism dysfunction in obesity and its role in health and chronic disease risk across the lifespan. We have two studies planned one examining obesity, iron metabolism dysfunction and colorectal cancer risk and another examining maternal obesity, iron metabolism dysfunction, and maternal and neonatal iron status.

    The other aspect of my research involves the design,implementation and evaluation of diet, weight management, and physical activity behavioral lifestyle interventions targeted at reducing health risk across the lifespan. We are currently involved in conducting a study examining the impact of a physical activity vs. weight control plus physical activity on reducing cancer risk in older obese African American adults.

    Summary of research interests: obesity, inflammation and nutrient metabolism dysfunction, iron in health and disease, epithelial cancers, dietary interventions, dietary assessment, women’s health, health disparities.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 10

    Qualifications of a Student:
    Minimum GPA 3.0
    Preferred major: life sciences, biology, nutrition, kinesiology or behavioral sciences
    Year in college: prefer 3rd or 4th year students

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    The student will assist with participant recruitment, data collection, data entry, and other research-related tasks as needed.

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