Naima Moustaid-Moussa, PhD

Naima Moustaid-Moussa received her Ph.D. in Endocrinology from the University of Paris, P&M Curie, France, in 1989. She completed a postdoctoral training in molecular nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, before joining the University of Tennessee in 1993. She served there as Professor in Nutrition, then Animal Science and Family and UT Extension Consumer Sciences Departments, and as Co-Director of the University of Tennessee Obesity Research Center. In September 2012, she moved to Texas Tech University in Lubbock, where she currently holds a position of Professor in Nutritional Sciences in the College of Human Sciences. Her research focuses on the biology and endocrine function of adipose tissue and its modulation by dietary components and hormones. Her studies contributed to our understanding of the roles of the adipocyte angiotensinogen/angiotensin II in regulating insulin signaling, gene expression, lipogenesis, and inflammation in a receptor-dependent manner in adipose tissue. She received several research awards including the 2012 Outstanding Investigator Award from the Nutrient-Gene Interactions RIS of The American Society for Nutrition, the 2007 University of Tennessee Chancellor's Award for Research and Creative Achievement, a Fulbright Aquitaine Scholarship and Invited Professorship at The University of Bordeaux in France. She previously served as member of the adipose biology program committee and as session chair of the International Congress of Obesity; and also chaired/co-chaired several scientific sessions at TOS/NAASO and participated in panel discussions of the TOS diversity, mentoring and young investigators. She has been a member and regular participant of the TOS meetings since Mid-90’s, and has served as a member of the TOS nominating committee.

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