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Elizabeth Parks

Dr. Elizabeth Parks

Lab Personnel:

Elizabeth ParksElizabeth J. Parks, PhD
Professor, Nutrition & Exercise Physiology
Associate Director, Clinical Research Center Institute for Clinical Translational Science

Majid Syed AbdulMajid Syed Abdul, MS
Graduate Student

Justine MucinskiJustine Mucinski, BS
Graduate Student

Nathan LeNathan Le
Lab Technician

Nathan LeJennifer Snawder, RD, LD
Clinical Dietitian & Research Coordinator

Ramiro ArreolaRamiro Arreola
Undergraduate Student

Jill OttoJillian Otto
Undergraduate Student

Jill OttoAlisha Perry
Undergraduate Student

group photo of lab personnel Current Lab Personnel

Lab Collaborators:

Nicola SantoroNicola Santoro, MD
Associate Research Scientist
Department of Pediatrics
Yale University

Maria Ramos-RomanMaria Ramos-Roman, MD
Associate Professor
Internal Medicine
UT Southwestern

Jaume PadillaJaume Padilla, PhD
Assistant Professor
Nutrition and Exercise Physiology
University of Missouri

Melanie Cree-GreenMelanie Cree-Green, MD
Assistant Professor
Pediatric Endocrinology
University of Colorado

Former Lab Personnel:

Kerry Donnelly PetersonKerry Donnelly Peterson
Tenured Associate Professor
University of Wiscondin-Stout

Molly TimlinMolly Timlin, PhD
Assistant Professor & Director of Dietetics
Southeast Missouri State University

Rachel HasserRachel Hasser, MS, RD, LD
Fairview Hospital in Wyoming, MN

Brian BarrowsBrian Barrows, PhD
QA/QC and Analytical Lab Manager
Bear Republic Brewing Co. in Santa Rosa, CA

Nishanth SunnyNishanth Sunny, PhD
Assistant Professor
Division of Endocrinology at University of Florida, Gainesville

Jennifer LambertJennifer Lambert
Senior Reseach Associate at Alberta Health Service, Canada

Miriam Jacome-SosaMiriam Jacome-Sosa, PhD
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Washington University, MO

Quiong HuQiong Hu, PhD
Senior Research Scientist
Cargill, MN

Liver Health Study: The purpose of this study is to test the impact of lifestyle behaviors influence the progression or regression of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. In Phase I, subjects will be A) patients with suspected nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) who could be approached to participate in a study in which they donate some liver tissue taken when they are undergoing their medically-indicated liver biopsy, or B) bariatric surgery patients who could be approached to participate in a study to allow liver and adipose tissue to be taken during their planned weight reduction surgery. In Phase II, subjects with NAFLD will participate in either an exercise and diet program, or be in the control group undergoing standard of care. We will follow the subjects for 9 months to determine how their liver health changes during this time. We hypothesize that liver fat, inflammation, and fibrosis insulin resistance and elevated uric acid in women make them more susceptible to cardiovascular stiffness, compared to men.

For a complete list of published work, see MyBibliography.

Erica Braham presenting research poster

Congratulations to Erica on her Outstanding Poster Honor at the ABRCMS conference!

Dr. Parks' lab in UTSW

Parks' lab in UTSW

Dr. Parks and Donnelly

Dr. Parks and Donnelly

Lu's presentation

Lu's presentation about "How Sensitive Are You to Taste?" at Gwynn Hall Opening Ceremony

2014 Christmas party

2014 Christmas: Parks' lab is making appreciation gift-bags at Mizzou

party at Les Bourgeois

End of summer 2014 party at Les Bourgeois

Mizzou Clinical Research Center research team

Mizzou Clinical Research Center research team

Erica, Nathan, Ramiro, and Brad at MUNCH

Erica, Nathan, Ramiro, and Brad at MUNCH

Kimberlee's poster

Kimberlee's poster presentation at Mizzou Life Sciences Week/p>

Qiong and her husband Tim

Qiong and her husband Tim

Qiong's wedding

Qiong's wedding

Dr. Parks

Is it a pilgrim's hat or a urine container on Dr. Parks' head?