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Clara Cho

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Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Sciences

One-Carbon Metabolism, Methyl Nutrients, Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Go toOffice Location: NFS 303
DialPhone: 435-797-5369
SendEmail: clara.cho@usu.edu


Educational Background

PhD, Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto, 2014
Role of methyl group vitamins in hypothalamic development of food intake regulation in Wistar rats
BS, Physiology, Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto, 2009

Biography

I obtained my PhD in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto in 2014. My PhD thesis was on the role of methyl group vitamins in hypothalamic development of food intake regulation in Wistar rats. I completed my postdoctoral fellowship from 2014-2016 in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University examining the impact of diet and gut microbiota on trimethylamine-N-oxide production and fate in humans. I am currently an Assistant Professor in Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Sciences at Utah State University.


Teaching Interests

My teaching interests include integrating concepts from nutritional sciences, physiology and biochemistry in specialized upper-year courses, as well as building foundational knowledge in introductory courses. I have developed a new course on Nutritional Neuroscience (NDFS 5400/6400) that focuses on how nutrition influences brain function, and how nutrition and the brain interact to impact human health.

Research Interests

My research focuses on one-carbon metabolism and methyl nutrients, and their role as determinants of obesity, metabolic syndrome and chronic disease risk. My work utilizes animal models and human studies to answer mechanistic questions from genetic, epigenetic, physiologic, metabolic and microbiome perspectives.

Awards

Planetary Thinking in the Utah State University Curriculum, 2019

Utah State University

Award Finalist, 2016

American Society for Nutrition, Postdoctoral Research Award Competition, Experimental Biology

Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2015

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

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                    Scheduled Teaching

                    NDFS 5400, 6400 - Nutritional Neuroscience, Fall 2019

                    NDFS 5400, 6400 - Nutritional Neuroscience, Fall 2018

                    NDFS 5400, 6400 - Nutritional Neuroscience, Fall 2017

                    NDFS 2020 - Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle, Spring 2017


                    Graduate Students Mentored

                    Jackson Norris, Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Sciences, June 2020
                    Madison Bunnell, Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Sciences, August 2018 - December 2019
                    Niklas Aardema, Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Sciences, August 2018 - August 2019