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Food Science and Human Nutrition Department

Food Science and Human Nutrition Department

Zhiyong Cheng, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor - Human Nutrition

Office: FSHN 265




Dr. Cheng studies the mechanisms of nutrient and hormonal signals regulating metabolism at molecular level. Specifically, his research seeks to address how autophagy (a cellular remodeling process) regulates adiposity and metabolism, and how environmental factors (e.g., diets or nutrients) regulate epigenetic pathways in metabolic health and disease. His long-term goal is to develop mechanism-based strategies for disease treatment or prevention. Dr. Cheng teaches Nutrition and Metabolism (HUN 4221), Laboratory Techniques in Molecular Nutrition (HUN 4813C), Macronutrients in Human Nutrition (HUN 6235), and Nutritional Epigenomics (HUN 4936/HUN 6936). In his teaching activities, Dr. Cheng sets high priority for building students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills.