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Parks Lab

Left to right, front row: Justine, Jen, Naren, Christian; back row: Christian, Emma, Amadeo, Willard, and Elizabeth

Lab Personnel:

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

Jennifer SnawderJennifer Anderson, RD, LD
Clinical Dietitian & Research Coordinator

Emma BaerEmma Baer
Undergraduate Student

Christian FentonChristian Fenton
Undergraduate Student

Talyia FordhamTalyia Fordham, BS
Graduate Student

Jonas McCaffrey Jonas McCaffrey
Undergraduate Student

Kaitlin MontegomeryKatelyn Montgomery
Undergraduate Student

Justine MucinskiJustine Mucinski, BS
Graduate Student

Amadeo SalvadorAmadeo Salvador, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Lab Collaborators:

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

Camila ManriqueCamila Manrique, PhD
Associate Professor
Division of Endocrinology
University of Missouri Medical School

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

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

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

Former Lab Personnel:

Majid Syed AbdulMajid Syed Abdul
PhD in Nutrition, 2020

Brian BarrowsBrian Barrows, PhD
Program Director
Brewing Science at Trocaire College, Buffalo, NY

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

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

Qiong HuQiong Hu, PhD
Senior Research Scientist
Cargill, MN

Miriam Jacome-SosaMiriam Jacome-Sosa, PhD
Washington University School of Medicine

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

Alisha PerryAlisha Perry
BS, 2021

Meghan SearlesMegan Searles
2021 entering class, MU Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program

Nishanth SunnyNishanth Sunny, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Animal and Avian Sciences
University of Maryland

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

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.

Justine Mucinski with her poster

Justine Mucinski presenting her poster at the American Diabetes Association National Meeting

Lab personnel at the Missouri River

The Parks Lab’s end of summer get together on the Missouri River

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

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?