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Food Science and Human Nutrition Department

Food Science and Human Nutrition Department

Dr. Zhiyong Cheng

Assistant Professor - Human Nutrition

Programs/Background

  • Research

    Dr. Cheng's lab seeks to define the molecular mechanism of metabolic derangements in obesity and type 2 diabetes. Specifically, we are studying the regulatory network of FoxO and autophagy that mediate adipose development, expansion, and conversion. The effects on targeting FoxO and autophagy on mitochondrial function, adiposity, and metabolism are being investigated. Another project in the lab is focused on the epigenetic mechanism of metabolic changes, where we determine the effects of the environmental factors (e.g., nutrient and hormonal signaling) on DNA methylation, gene expression, and metabolism. The long-term goal of Dr. Cheng’s research is to develop mechanism-based strategies to prevent or treat the metabolic disorders.

  • Teaching

    Courses Taught

    Undergraduate
    • HUN 4221 Nutrition and Metabolism
    • HUN 4813C Laboratory Techniques in Molecular Nutrition
    • HUN 4936 Nutritional Epigenomics
    Graduate
    • HUN 6245, Advanced Human Nutrition (co-instructor)
    • HUN 6936 Nutritional Epigenomics
  • Education
    • American Diabetes Association Postdoctoral Fellow (Endocrionology & Metabolism), Harvard Medical School, 2012
    • Postdoctoral Fellow (Enzymology), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2006
    • Ph.D. (Analytical Biochemistry), Peking University, 2003
  • Publications

Contact Information

572 Newell Dr.
FSHN Building
FSHN 265
P.O. Box 110370
Gainesville, FL 32611-0370

Phone: (352) 294 3728
Fax: (352) 392 9467
Emailz.cheng@ufl.edu