Maria Luz Fernandez, Ph.D
Ph.D. University of Arizona, 1988
Education and Background
- B.S . Quimico Biologo University of Sonora (1970-1974) Hermosillo, Sonora Mexico.
- M.S. Food Science Instituto Politecnico Nacional (1975-1980) Mexico, D.F.
- Ph.D. Nutritional Sciences University of Arizona (1984-1988) Tucson, Arizona.
- University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, Department of Nutritional Sciences
- University of Arizona, Tucson Arizona, Department of Nutritional Sciences
- University of Sonora, Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, Department of Food Science
- Joint Appointment (2000): Centro de Investigacion en Alimentos y Desarrollo (CIAD), Hermosillo, Mexico.
- Fellow, Council on Arteriosclerosis of the American Heart Association (elected 1992)
- Member, American Institute of Nutrition (elected 1992)
- Professional Member, Institute of Food Technologists (elected 1989)
- Member, National Lipid Association (2007)
Selected Awards and Honors
- 20010-2013- FDA Foods Advisory Committee
- 2001-2010 - Associate Editor, The Journal of Nutrition
- Spring 2006 - Provost Research Award
- Fall 2005 - UCANRAA Teaching Award
- 2002 - Gamma Sigma Delta, Junior Faculty Award
- 2001 - Excellence in Research Award, College of Agriculture
- NUSC 165, The Basic Nutrition Course for non-majors
- NUSC 233/235 Class/Lab Food Composition and Methods of Preparation, a required course for Dietetics students.
- NUSC 315 Lipoproteins in Health and Disease, Spring semester every other year.
Graduated M.S. Students
Lin He (1/95-12/96)
“Interactive effects of dietary carbohydrate type and fat saturation on hepatic cholesterol and lipoprotein metabolism in guinea pigs.
Oral exam Nov. 5, 1996
Taif Al-Sarraj (8/95-8/97)
“Effects of exercise and hormone replacement therapy on reverse cholesterol transport in post-menopausal women”.
Oral exam July 21, 1997.
- Hong Shen (8/95 - 12/97)
“Gender Differences in the responses to pectin, guar gum and psyllium on VLDL and LDL Metabolism”.
Oral exam November 19, 1997.
- Edouard Cos (1/99-8/00)
“Dietary soluble fiber and soybean protein reduce atherosclerotic lesions in guinea pigs. Gender and hormonal status determine lesion extension”
Oral Exam August 29, 2000.
- Jason Rosen (8/98-1/01).
“The effects of a comprehensive weight reduction intervention in obese post-menopausal women on plasma lipids and leptin”.
Oral Exam January, 23. 2001.
- Madhu Patalay (8/02-12/04)
Thesis title: the lowering of plasma lipids following a weight reduction program is related to increased expression of the LDL receptor and lipoprotein lipase.
Oral Exam November 12, 2004.
- Lisa Zola (1/05-7/06)
Seminar Title: Project TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes).
Oral Exam, July 19, 2006.
- Ushma Vaishnav (8/05-12/07)
Seminar Title: Lutein’s dual role in the prevention of age-related macular degeneration and coronary heart disease risk.
- Shymaa Ata (1/07-5/08)
Thesis Title:Obesity incidence among women from developing countries. The link between adiponectin and the metabolic syndrome.
Oral Exam, May 6, 2008.
- Ryan DeOgburn (8/07-7/09)
Thesis Title: Increased Dietary Cholesterol in Conjunction with Carbohydrate Restriction Uniquely Impacts Hepatic Lipid Metabolism in a Guinea Pig Model.
Oral Exam June 30, 2009.
- Daniela Ackermann (8/08-7/09)
Thesis title: Correlation of dietary intake and inflammation with parameters of the metabolic syndrome in women.
Oral Exam, July 23, 2009
- Branden La Pia (8/09-7/10)
Thesis title: Assessment of correlations of diet and chronic inflammation with central adiposity in women classified with metabolic syndrome.
Oral Exam. July 1, 2010.
- Michael Comperatore (8/08-7/10).
Thesis title: A Mediterranean low glycemic load diet reduces LDL oxidation and lipoprotein (a) in women classified with metabolic syndrome.
Oral Exam, July 19, 2010
Graduated Ph.D. Students
Karin Conde (1/95 - 5/98)
Dissertation title: HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors: atorvastatin and simvastatin. Hypocholesterolemic mechanisms of action in the guinea pig. Oral Exam March 27, 1998.
Current Position: Senior Scientist, Hoffman-La Roche, Basil, Switzerland
- Marcela Vergara-Jimenez (8/94 - 5/98)
Dissertation title: Mechanisms by which pectin and psyllium reverse the hyperlipidemia induced by high fat and high sucrose diets in guinea pigs. Oral Exam April 15, 1998.
Current Position: Department Head, Nutrition Department, University of Sinaloa in Mexico.
- Suheeta Roy (1/98-5/01):
Dissertation title: Gender and hormonal status modulate the hypolipidemic mechanisms of dietary soluble fiber in the guinea pig. Oral Exam April 23, 2001.
Current position: Research Specialist, The Veterans Health Research Institute.
- Tripurasundari Ramjiganesh (8/98-9/01)
Dissertation title: Regulation of hepatic cholesterol and lipoprotein metabolism by corn fiber oil and sitostanol in guinea pigs Oral Exam, September 14, 2001.
Current Position: Senior Associate Project Manager, Global Internal Medicine, Morrisville, NC.
- Sonia Vega-Lopez (8/98-5/02)
Dissertation title: Gender and hormonal status modulate the effects of psyllium on the mechanisms determining plasma lipids and lipoprotein metabolism. Oral Exam, April 30, 2002.
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Arizona State University, Mesa, AZ.
- Kristy West (8/00-5/04)
Dissertation title:The mechanisms by which SC-435, an ileal, apical sodium co-dependent bile acid transporter inhibitor (ASBT) alters LDL cholesterol concentrations and hepatic cholesterol metabolism in guinea pigs. Oral Exam, March 26, 2004.
Current Position: Medical Writer, PPD Inc., Wilmington, NC
- Kristin Herron (8/00-5/04)
Dissertation title: The individual response to a diet high in cholesterol provided by eggs. Does response affect coronary heart disease risk? Oral Exam April 9, 2004
Current Position: Senior Scientist, Nutrition Research, Kraft Foods, Chicago, IL.
- Ingrid Lofgren (8/01-8/04)
Dissertation title: Effects of a weight loss program including calorie restriction, exercise and a dietary supplement on lipoprotein metabolism. Oral Exam, July 28, 2004
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
- Tosca Zern (8/01-5/05)
Dissertation title: Cardioprotective effects of grape polyphenols in the postmenopausal state. Oral Exam March 22, 2005
Current position: Science Faculty, Conard High School, West Hartford, CT
- Martha Nydia Ballesteros (8/01-12/05) (from joint appointment with CIAD)
Dissertation title: Evaluation of the metabolic response to dietary cholesterol in school-aged children. Oral Exam November 30, 2005
Current position: Senior Researcher: Centro de Investigación en Desarrollo y Alimentos, Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.
- Dimple Aggarwal (6/03-5/06)
Dissertation title: Guinea pigs as models for experimental drugs affecting triglyceride metabolism. Oral exam February 27, 2006
Current Position: Clinical Project Manager, Schering, Plough, NJ
- Richard Wood (8/03-5/06)
Dissertation title: Effects of a low carbohydrate diet with and without soluble fiber supplement on coronary heart disease risk and lipoprotein metabolism.
Oral Exam March 17, 2006
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Spring College, Springfield, MA
- Christine Greene (8/03-5/06)
Dissertation title: Response to dietary cholesterol and carotenoids provided by eggs in an elderly population. Oral Exam April 28, 2006
Current position: Science consultant at the ANOVA group, Hartford, CT
- Sudeep Shrestha (1/04-5/07)
Dissertation title: The effects of a combination therapy with psyllium and plant sterols on clinical markers of cardiovascular disease and lipoprotein metabolism. Oral Exam January 8, 2007
Current position: Post-doctoral fellow, John Hopkins Hospital, Bethesda, MD.
- Moises Torres-Gonzalez (8/04-6/07)
Dissertation title: Carbohydrate restriction and dietary cholesterol distinctly affect hepatic cholesterol and lipoprotein metabolism in guinea pigs. Oral Exam June 14, 2007
Current position: Assistant Professor, University of California, La Jolla, CA.
- Gisella Mutungi (4/06-12/07)
Dissertation Title: Potential of eggs in enhancing the cardioprotective effects of carbohydrate restricted diets in weight loss interventions.
Oral Exam December 6, 2007
Current position: Senior Scientist, Pfizer, Philadelphia, PA
- Michael Puglisi (8/05-5/08)
Dissertation title: Raisin effects on biomarkers of coronary heart disease in men and women aged 50-70 years.
Oral Exam, April 24, 2008
Current Position: Nutrition Coordinator, Brooklyn Hospital Center, Brooklyn, NY.
- Taif Al-Sarraj (1/06-5/09)
Dissertation title: Effect of carbohydrate restriction and American Heart Association diets on the clinical features of the metabolic syndrome, the inflammatory response and lipoprotein metabolism in young Emirati Adults.
Oral Exam, January 30, 2009
Current Position: Chief of Clinical Support Services, Tawam Hospital, Al-Ain, Abudabhi, UAE.
- Joseph Ratliff (8/06-5/09)
Dissertation title: Modulation of inflammatory response and appetite regulation by egg intake.
Oral Exam, May 1, 2009
Current Position: Post-doctoral fellow, Yale University
- Jose O Leite (8/06-8/09)
Dissertation title: Modulation of atherosclerosis and lipid metabolism by drug treatment and dietary interventions.
Oral Exam, June 16, 2009
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Universidad de Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
- Mariana Calle (1/07-5/11)
Dissertation title: Inflammatory markers are modulated by diet in Latinos with type 2 diabetes and by resistance exercise in a healthy population.
Oral Exam, February 25, 2011.
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Worcester State University
- Tina Checchio (8/09-5/11)
Dissertation title: Development of mathematical models to assess the effects of carbohydrate consumption and fluctuations in insulin on HDL cholesterol
Oral Exam, April 27, 2011.
Current Position: Senior Scientist, Pfizer, New London, CT
- Jennifer Jones (8/07-8/11)
Dissertation title: Effects of a Mediterranean-style, low-glycemic load diet on lipoprotein metabolism, inflammation, and mononuclear cell gene expression in women classified with metabolic syndrome.
Oral Exam, June 29, 2011.
Current Position: RD Training, University of California, San Francisco, CA
- Jung Eun Kim (8/08-8/11)
Dissertation title: Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of lutein in guinea pigs fed with a high cholesterol diet.
Oral Exam, July 14, 2011.
Current Position: RD Training, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Jacqueline Barona (8/08)
- Christopher Blesso (8/09)
- Christine Dugan (8/09)
- Catherine Andersen (8/09)
- Ryan DeOburn (8/08) (Co-Advisor with Dr. Jeff Volek)
- David Aguilar (8/09)
- Ghada Abdel Fattah, Ph.D. (September - December 1995).
- Reyna Luz Vidal-Quintanar, Ph.D. (July-December 1999)
- Jung Sook Kang (December 2004-2005)
Department of Food and Nutrition, -Cheju National University, Korea
- Hyeon Sook Lim (June-August 2008)
Department of Nutrition – Chonnam National University
My area of research focuses on the effects of diet and other lifestyle factors (weight loss, exercise) on heart disease, diabetes and the metabolic syndrome on dyslipidemias, oxidative stress and inflammation. I work both with animal models and humans. I use the guinea pig as an animal model to evaluate the effects of low carbohydrate diets and the carotenoid lutein on the attenuation of hepatic steatosis and atherosclerosis. Recently, I am working with nano-delivery of nutrients to demonstrate greater efficacy in target tissues. For human studies, some of my research topics include evaluation of the mechanisms by which dietary fiber lowers blood cholesterol, the effects of grapes on vasodilateion and blood pressure and most importantly the lack of relationship between eggs and heart disease in healthy populations and in those at risk for coronary heart disease.
Grants and Funding History
American Egg Board
Response to dietary cholesterol provided by eggs in an older population
Molecular signaling of rapamycin induced hypertriglyceridemia.
Integrative Health and Research Inc.
A soluble fiber and plant sterol-containing cookie for lowering cholesterol: A randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled study.
The California Raisin Marketing Board
Raisin effects on biomarkers of coronary heart disease in elderly men and women
Egg Nutrition Center
Potential of eggs in enhancing the cardiprotective effects of carbohydrate restricted diets in weight loss interventions
Evaluation of a drug that inhibits Phospholipase-2
Egg Nutrition Center
Eggs: Potential for dual protection. Age related macular degeneration and cardiovascular disease
Effects of a soy, plant sterol containing supplement on cardiovascular disease risk factors in subjects with the metsyn
|Uconn Research Foundation.
||Protective effects of lutein on inflammation and atherosclerosis
|California Table Grape Commission
||A comprehensive evaluation of the protective effects of grape consumption against dyslipidemias, hypertension, inflammation, oxidative stress & vasoconstriction in male subjects classified with metabolic syndrome
|Egg Nutrition Center
||Effects of Egg intake on Reverse Cholesterol Transport and Insulin Resistance in Subjects classified with Metabolic Syndrome
|National Dairy Council
||Beneficial effects of low-fat dairy products on lipoprotein metabolism and inflammation in subjects classified with metabolic syndrome
|Egg Nutrition Center
||Egg effects on postrandial glucose, insulin resistance and lipoprotein metabolism in diabetic subjects
| Uconn Research Foundation.
||Reversal of hepatic steastosis by manipulation of dietary carbohydrates and fat in guinea pigs
- January 22, 2006 – Invited Speaker: Nutrition and Metabolism Society, Brooklym NY “Carbohydrate restriction reduces atherosclerosis and alters the distribution of lipoprotein subfractions in guinea pigs”
- March 6, 2006 – Invited Speaker: Wayne University, Detroit, MI “New Findings regarding dietary cholesterol and lipoprotein metabolism”
- September 26-29, 2006 – Invited Speaker: 4 Radio Interviews, 3 TV Interviews and 1 conference to 550 Health professionals in Buenos Aires, Argentina on the nutritional benefits of eggs
- November 16, 2006 – Invited Speaker: The Metabolic Syndrome, Instituto de la Nutricion, Mexico City, Mexico
- December 13, 2006 – Invited Speaker: Broad Institute: Guinea pig genome Project meeting.
- February 16,2007 – Invited Speaker: Egg Institute, Armenia, Colombia. Benefits of Eggs across the age spectrum.
- March 6, 2007 – Invited Speaker: Metabolex Inc., San Mateo, California Drug therapy and guinea pigs as models for cholesterol and lipoprotein metabolism.
- May 17, 2007 – Invited Speaker: Diet and Optimal Health, Portland, OR November 1, 2007 Invited Speaker, Nutrition Society of Korea, Seoul, Korea January 13, 2008 Invited Speaker, Tawam Hospital, United Arab Emirates
- March 3, 2008 – Invited Speaker: Department of Allied Health, University of Connecticut April 8, 2008 Experimental Biology, San Diego California
- April 16, 2008 – Manielli Lecture, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI April 30, 2008 Invited Speaker, Clinical Chemistry Society, Universidad de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia
- May 2, 2008 – Key Speaker, National Microbiology Society, Medellin, Colombia May 30, 2008 Invited Speaker, Presentation of Functional Foods Initiative in the Graduate School to Officers from Germany.
- October 16, 2008 – Invited Speaker; University of Sinaloa, Mexico. October 31, 2008 Invited Speaker, Department of Animal Science, University of Connecticut “Egg effects on lipoprotein metabolism and inflammation”
- November 21, 2008 – Invited Speaker, Graduate School. Presentation of the Graduate Program to Minority faculty from other Institutions.
- February 13, 2009 – Key Note Speaker, University of Sonora, Hermosillo Sonora
- November 11, 2009-Key Note Speaker, Association of Dietitians, Buenos Aires, Argentina
- January 4, 2010-Invited Speaker, School of Medicine, University of Menofuia, Shebbin-El-Kon, Egypt
- January 12, 2010-Invited Speaker. Metabolomics LLC, Gig Harbor, WA
- March 19, 2010-Key Note Speaker. “Functional Foods” Centro de Investigación y Desarrollo, Hermosillo, México.
- April 23, 2010 - Symposium Speaker. Satellite ASNS, Washington, DC
- September 30, 2010-Invited Speaker Glaxo-Smith-Kline, RTP, NC
- November 8-10, 2010-Invited Lecturer by University of Sonora. Course Lipoprotein Metabolism in Health and Disease (20 h) offered to Faculty and students at University of Sonora, Hermosillo Mexico.
- November 27-28 2010-Invited Speaker Conferences of Medical Practices (CIPRAME), Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
- February 7, 2011 – Invited Seminar Speaker, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
- March 3, 2011-Invited Speaker, Department of Pathobiology, UConn, Storrs, CT
- April 12, 2011-Speaker, Experimental Biology, Washington, DC
- April 13, 2011-Symposium Speaker, Experimental Biology, Washington, DC
- October 26, 2011-Invited Speaker: 11th European Nutrition Conferences, Madrid, Spain
- January 10, 2010-Invited Speaker, UConn Alumni Association, Hartford Chapter, Hartford, CT
- January 31, 2012-Invited Seminar: EWHA University, Seoul, North Korea
- March 12, 2012-Invited Speaker: AHA Association, Industry Nutrition Advisory panel, San Diego, CA.
- April 10, 2012-Keynote Speaker Nutmeg IFT, Storrs, CT
- April 23, 2012-Speaker, Experimental Biology, San Diego, CA
Peer-reviewed publications, last 4 years from a total of 183
- Kim JE, Park YK, Lee JY. Clark RM, Fernandez ML. Lutein decreases oxidative stress and inflammation in liver and eyes of guinea pigs fed a hypercholesterolemic diet. Nutr. Res Pract. 2012 (in press)
- Calle M, Fernandez ML. Inflammation and type 2 diabetes. Diabetes & Metabolism. 2012; (in press).
- deOgburn R, Leite JO, Ratliff J, Volek JS, McGrane MM, Fernandez ML. Increased dietary cholesterol in conjunction with carbohydrate restriction uniquely impacts hepatic lipid metabolism in a guinea pig model. Comparative Medicine. 2011: (in press).
- Fernandez ML. Rethinking dietary cholesterol. Curr. Opinions Med Nutr Metabolic Care. 2012; 15:17-21.
- Torres-Gonzalez M, Bruno RS, Yeung FS, Kim JE, Davis S, Volek JS, Fernandez ML. Dietary cholesterol and low carbohydrate modulate hepatic lipid accumulation and antioxidant status in guinea pigs. Curr Topics Biomed Res. 2011: 13:13-24.
- Jones JL, Park Y, Lee J, Lerman RH, Fernandez ML. A Mediterranean-style low-glycemic-load diet reduces the expression of HMG-CoA reductase in mononuclear cells and decreases insulin in women with metabolic syndrome. Nutr. Res. 2011; 31:659-664.
- Jones JL, Ackermann D, Barona J, Calle MC, Andersen C, Kim JE, Volek JS, McIntosh M, Najm W, Lerman RH, Fernandez ML. A Mediterranean low-glycemic-load diet alone or in combination with a medical food improves insulin sensitivity and reduces inflammation in women with metabolic syndrome. J. Medicine Med Res. 2011; Epub ahead of print
- Jones JL, Comperatore M, Barona J, Calle MC, Andersen C, McIntosh M, Najm W, Lerman RH, Fernandez ML. A Mediterranean-style, low-glycemic-load diet decreases atherogenic lipoproteins and reduces lipoprotein (a) and oxidized low-density lipoprotein in women with metabolic syndrome. Metabolism 2011: Epub ahead of print.
- Kim JE, Leite JO, DeOgburn R, Smyth JA, Clark RM., Fernandez ML. A lutein-enriched diet prevents cholesterol accumulation and decreases oxidized LDL and inflammatory cytokines in the aorta of guinea pigs. J. Nutr. 141:1458-1463.
- Jones JL, Fernandez ML, McIntosh M, Najm W, Calle MC, Kalynych C, Vukich C, Barona J, Ackermann D, Kim JE, Vivek K, Lot M, Volek JS, Lerman RH. A Mediterranean-style low-glycemic-load diet improves variables of metabolic syndrome in women, and addition of a phytochemical-rich medical food enhances benefits on lipoprotein metabolism. J Clin Lipidol. 2011; 5:188-196.
- Barona J, Jones JL, Kopek R, Comperatore M, Andersen C, Schwartz S, Lerman RH, Fernandez ML. A Mediterranean-style low-glycemic-load diet increases plasma carotenoids and decreases LDL oxidation in women with metabolic syndrome. J. Nutr. Biochem. 2011: Epub ahead of print
- Ackermann D, Jones JL, Barona J, Calle M, Kim J-E, LaPia B, Volek JS, McIntosh M, Kalynych C, Njam W, Lerman RH, Fernandez ML. Waist circumference is positively correlated with markers of inflammation and negatively with adiponectin in women with metabolic syndrome. Nutr. Res. 2011:31 197-204.
- Fernandez ML. Metabolic syndrome and the components of the Mediterranean diet. Functional Foods in Health and Disease 2011; 2:25-37.
- Kollannoor-Samuel G, Chhabra J, Fernandez ML, Vega-Lopez S, Segura-Perez S, Damio G, Calle MC, D’Agostino D, Perez-Escamilla R. Determinants of Fasting Plasma glucose and glycosylated hemoglobin among low income Latinos with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes. J. Imm. Min Health 2011: 13: 809-817.
- Fernandez ML. Eggs and Health Benefits. Can J. Cardiol. 2011;27:264 e1.
- Fernandez ML, Jones JL, Ackermann D, Barona J, Calle M, Comperatore M, Kim J-E, Andersen C, Leite JO. Volek JS, McIntosh M, Kalynych C, Najm W, Lerman RH. Low HDL cholesterol is associated with increased atherogenic lipoproteins and insulin resistance in women classified with metabolic syndrome. Nutr. Res. Pract 2010:4:492-498.
- Calle MC, Vega-Lopez S, Segura-Perez S, Volek JS, Perez-Escamilla R, Fernandez ML. Low plasma HDL cholesterol and elevated C reactive protein further increase cardiovascular disease risk in Latinos with type 2 diabetes. J. Diabet. Metabol 2010;109
- Fernandez ML. Effects of eggs on plasma lipoproteins in healthy populations. Food & Function. 2010; 1:156-160.
- Calle MC, Fernandez ML. Effect of resistance training on the inflammatory response, Review Nutr. Res. Practice 2010;4: 259-269.
- Fernandez ML, Calle MC. Revisiting dietary cholesterol recommendations: does the evidence support a 300 mg/d limit? Current Atherosclerosis Reports 2010; 12:377-383.
- Vislocky L, Fernandez ML. Biomedical effects of grape products. Nutrition Reviews. 2010: 68:656-670.
- Vislocky L, Fernandez ML. Grapes and grape products. Their role in health. Nutrition Today. 2010; (in press).
- Forsythe CE, Phinney SD, Feinman RD, Volk BM, Freidenreich D, Quann EE, Ballard K, Puglisi MJ, Kraemer WJ, Bibus DM, Fernandez ML, Volek JS Limited effect of dietary saturated fat on plasma saturated fat in the context of a low carbohydrate diet. Lipids 2010; 45:967-972.
- Ratliff JC, Leite JO, DeOgburn R, Puglisi M, VanHeest J, Fernandez ML. Consuming eggs for breakfast influences plasma glucose and ghrelin, while reducing caloric intake during the next 24 hours in adult men. Nutrition Res. 2010; 30:96-103.
- Floegel A, Kim DO, Chung S-J, Song WO, Fernandez ML, Bruno RS, Koo SK. Chun OK. Development and validation of an algorithm to establish a total antioxidant capacity database of U.S. diet. Intl J. Food Sci Nutr. 2010;61:600-623.
- Leite JO, Fernandez ML. "Should we take HDL levels at its face value?" Am J. Cardiovasc Drugs. 2010;10:1-3.
- Torabian S, Haddad E, Cordero-MacIntyre Z, Tanzam J, Fernandez ML, Sabate J. Long term walnut supplementation without dietary advice induces favorable serum lipid changes in free-living individuals. Eur. J Clin. Nutr. 2010; 64:274-279.
- Leite JO, Deogburn R, Ratliff J, Su R, Smyth JA, Volek JS, McGrane MM, Dardik A, Fernandez ML. Low-carbohydrate diets reduce lipid accumulation and arterial inflammation in guinea pigs fed a high-cholesterol diet. Atherosclerosis. 2010;209:442-448.
- Volek JS, Ballard KD, Silvestre R, Judelson DA, Quann EE, Forsythe CE, Fernandez ML, Kraemer WJ. Effects of dietary carbohydrate restriction vs low-fat diet on flow-mediated dilation. Metabolism 2009; 58: 1769-1777.
- Al-Sarraj T, Saadi H, Volek JS, Fernandez ML. Metabolic syndrome prevalence, dietary intake and cardiovascular risk profile among overweight and obese adults from the United Arab Emirates. Met Syndr Rel Disord. 2010;8:39-46.
- Ata SM, Vaishnav U, Puglisi M, Wood RJ, Lofgren IE, Volek JS, Fernandez ML. Macronutrient composition and increased physical activity modulate plasma adipokines and appetite hormones during a weight loss intervention. J. Women Health. 2010: 19:139-145.
- Al-Sarraj T, Saadi H, Volek JS, Fernandez ML. Carbohydrate restriction favorably alters lipoprotein metabolism in Emirati subjects classified with the metabolic syndrome. Nutr. Met Cardiovasc. Dis. 2010: 20:720-726.
- Al-Sarraj T, Saadi H, Calle MC, Volek JS, Fernandez ML. Carbohydrate restriction as a first-line dietary intervention therapy effectively reduces the biomarkers of metabolic syndrome in Emirati adults. J. Nutrition. 2009; 139:1667-1676.
- Carr TP, Staneck Krostrand KL, Schelgel VL, Fernandez ML. Stearate-enriched plant sterol esters lower serum LDL cholesterol concentration in normo- and hypercholesterolemic adults. J. Nutr. 2009; 139:1445-1450.
- Fernandez ML, Torres-Gonzalez M. Carbohydrate restriction prevents atherosclerosis by reducing atherogenic lipoproteins and aortic inflammatory cytokines in guinea pigs. 2009 www.athero.org/commentaries.
- Leite JO, DeOgburn R, Ratiliff J, Su R, Volek JS, McGrane MM, Dardik A, Fernandez ML. Low carbohydrate diets disrupt the association between insulin resistance and weight gain. Metabolism 2009: 58:116-1122.
- Ratliff J, Puglisi M, Mutungi G, Volek JS, Fernandez ML. Carbohydrate restriction (with or without additional dietary cholesterol provided by eggs) reduces insulin resistance and plasma leptin without modifying appetite hormones in adult men. Nutr. Res. 2009:29:262-268.
- Leite JO, Vaishnav U, Puglisi M, Fraser H, Trias J, Fernandez ML. A-002 (Varesplabid), a phospholipase A2 inhibitor reduces aterosclerosis in guinea pigs. BMC Cardiovascular Disorders. 2009; 9:7.
- Fernandez ML. The LDL to HDL cholesterol ratio, a more reliable clinical tool than LDL cholesterol to evaluate coronary heart disease risk. The Lipid Spin, 2009; 4:4-6.
- Shrestha S, Ehlers SJ, Lee J-Y, Fernandez ML, Koo SI. Dietary green tea extract lowers plasma and hepatic triglycerides by decreasing the expression of SERBP-1 mRNA and its responsive genes in fructose-fed ovariectomized rats. J. Nutr. 2009; 139:640-645.
- Wood RJ, Fernandez ML. Carbohydrate Restriction versus Low Glycemic Index Diets: which is a better option for the treatment of insulin resistance and the metabolic syndrome? Nutr. Rev. 2009;67:179-183.
- Mutungi G, Waters D, Ratliff J, Puglisi MJ, Clark RM, Volek JS, Fernandez ML. Eggs distinctly modulate plasma carotenoid and lipoprotein subclasses in adult men following a carbohydrate restricted diet. J Nutr Biochem. 2010;21:261-267.
- Volek JS, Phinney SD, Forsythe CE, Quann EE, Wood RJ, Puglisi MJ, Kraemer WJ, Bibus DM, Fernandez ML, Feinman RD. Carbohydrate restriction has a more favorable impact on the metabolic syndrome than a low fat diet. Lipids. 2009; 44:297-309.
- Puglisi M, Mutungi G, Brun PJ, McGrane MM, Volek JS, Fernandez ML. Raisins and walking alter appetite hormones and plasma lipids by modifications in lipoprotein metabolism and up-regulation of the LDL Receptor. Metabolism 2009; 58:120-128.
- Fernandez ML. Fiber, Cholesterol Reduction and Cardiovascular Disease in Edible Fiber Components: Nutritional and Health Benefits. Taylor and Francis Publishers, 2009 (in press)
- Fernandez ML & McNamara DJ. The Effects of eggs on plasma lipoproteins in healthy populations in “Eggs and Health” 2009;(in press).
- Fernandez ML & Wood RJ. Guinea pigs as models for human cholesterol and lipoprotein metabolism in Source book for models for Biomedical Research , Humana Press 2008 p. 201-212.
- Fernandez ML & Vergara-Jimenez M. 2005. "Associations between Carbohydrate Intake and Risk for Coronary Heart Disease, Insulin Resistance and the Metabolic Syndrome. In Focus on Dietary Carbohydrate Research. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. Hauppauge, NY.
- Fernandez ML. 1998. "Dietary Fiber and LDL Metabolism." European Symposium on functional properties of non-digestible carbohydrates. Lisbon Portugal. p 29-34.
- Fernandez ML. 1998. "Pectin: Composition, physico-chemical properties, food applications and physiological effects", in Handbook of Dietary fiber, 2nd edition. Marcel Dekker. New York, NY.
News and Updates
Fall 2013 Seminar Series
A Seminar Series Presented by the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Connecticut
Please go to the CANR Scholarships and Financial Aid page for Scholarship information