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Clara Cho

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Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Sciences

One-Carbon Metabolism, Methyl Nutrients, Determinants of Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome and Chronic Diseases

Associate Professor

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.


Contact Information

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

Awards

Award Finalist, 2016

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

Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2015

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Award Finalist, 2014

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

Poster Award, 2013

American Society for Nutrition, Nutrition-Gene Interaction (NGI) Research Interest Section (RIS), Experimental Biology

Poster Award, 2013

American Society for Nutrition, Student Interest Group (SIG), Experimental Biology

Travel Award, 2013

Household Sciences and Nutritional Sciences Alumni Association, University of Toronto

Chapter Champion Award, 2012

Canadian Obesity Network-Students and New Professionals (CON-SNP)

Travel Award, 2011

Developmental and Perinatal Biology Workshop, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

Post-Graduate Scholarship, 2011

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada

    Publications - Books & Book Chapters

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          Publications - Journal Articles

            Academic Journal

          • Cho, C.E, Caudill, M.A, (2016). Trimethylamine-N-Oxide: Friend, Foe, or Simply Caught in the Cross-Fire?. Trends in endocrinology and metabolism: TEM
          • Cho, C.E, Taesuwan, S., Malysheva, O.V, Bender, E., Yan, J., Caudill, M.A, (2016). Choline and one-carbon metabolite response to egg, beef and fish among healthy young men: a short-term randomized clinical study. Clinical nutrition experimental, 10, 1-11.
          • Sanchez-Hernandez, D., Anderson, G.H, Poon, A.N, Pannia, E., Cho, C.E, Huot, P.S, Kubant, R., (2016). Maternal fat-soluble vitamins, brain development, and regulation of feeding behavior: an overview of research. Nutrition research (New York, N.Y.), 36:10, 1045-1054.
          • Cho, C.E, Taesuwan, S., Malysheva, O.V, Bender, E., Tulchinsky, N.F, Yan, J., Sutter, J.L, Caudill, M.A, (2016). Trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO) response to animal source foods varies among healthy young men and is influenced by their gut microbiota composition: A randomized controlled trial. Molecular nutrition & food research
          • Pannia, E., Cho, C.E, Kubant, R., Sanchez-Hernandez, D., Huot, P.S, Harvey Anderson, G., (2016). Role of maternal vitamins in programming health and chronic disease. Nutrition reviews, 74:3, 166-80.
          • Sanchez-Hernandez, D., Poon, A.N, Kubant, R., Kim, H., Huot, P.S, Cho, C.E, Pannia, E., Reza-Lopez, S.A, Pausova, Z., Bazinet, R.P, Anderson, G.H, (2016). High vitamin A intake during pregnancy modifies dopaminergic reward system and decreases preference for sucrose in Wistar rat offspring. The Journal of nutritional biochemistry, 27, 104-11.
          • Kubant, R., Poon, A.N, Sanchez-Hernandez, D., Domenichiello, A.F, Huot, P.S, Pannia, E., Cho, C.E, Hunschede, S., Bazinet, R.P, Anderson, G.H, (2015). A comparison of effects of lard and hydrogenated vegetable shortening on the development of high-fat diet-induced obesity in rats. Nutrition & diabetes, 5, e188.
          • Sanchez-Hernandez, D., Poon, A.N, Kubant, R., Kim, H., Huot, P.S, Cho, C.E, Pannia, E., Pausova, Z., Anderson, G.H, (2015). A gestational diet high in fat-soluble vitamins alters expression of genes in brain pathways and reduces sucrose preference, but not food intake, in Wistar male rat offspring. Applied physiology, nutrition, and metabolism = Physiologie appliquee, nutrition et metabolisme, 40:4, 424-31.
          • Cho, C.E, Pannia, E., Huot, P.S, Sanchez-Hernandez, D., Kubant, R., Dodington, D.W, Ward, W.E, Bazinet, R.P, Anderson, G.H, (2015). Methyl vitamins contribute to obesogenic effects of a high multivitamin gestational diet and epigenetic alterations in hypothalamic feeding pathways in Wistar rat offspring. Molecular nutrition & food research, 59:3, 476-89.
          • Pannia, E., Cho, C.E, Kubant, R., Sanchez-Hernandez, D., Huot, P.S, Chatterjee, D., Fleming, A., Anderson, G.H, (2015). A high multivitamin diet fed to Wistar rat dams during pregnancy increases maternal weight gain later in life and alters homeostatic, hedonic and peripheral regulatory systems of energy balance. Behavioural brain research, 278, 1-11.
          • Sanchez-Hernandez, D., Cho, C.E, Kubant, R., Reza-Lopez, S.A, Poon, A.N, Wang, J., Huot, P.S, Smith, C.E, Anderson, G.H, (2014). Increasing vitamin A in post-weaning diets reduces food intake and body weight and modifies gene expression in brains of male rats born to dams fed a high multivitamin diet. The Journal of nutritional biochemistry, 25:10, 991-6.
          • Cho, C.E, (2014). Role of methyl group vitamins in hypothalamic development of food intake regulation in Wistar rats. Applied physiology, nutrition, and metabolism = Physiologie appliquee, nutrition et metabolisme, 39:7, 844.
          • Cho, C.E, Norman, M., (2013). Reply: To PMID 22939691. American journal of obstetrics and gynecology, 209:5, 496-7.
          • Cho, C.E, Sanchez-Hernandez, D., Reza-Lopez, S.A, Huot, P.S, Kim, Y.I, Anderson, G.H, (2013). Obesogenic phenotype of offspring of dams fed a high multivitamin diet is prevented by a post-weaning high multivitamin or high folate diet. International journal of obesity (2005), 37:9, 1177-82.
          • Cho, C.E, Sanchez-Hernandez, D., Reza-Lopez, S.A, Huot, P.S, Kim, Y.I, Anderson, G.H, (2013). High folate gestational and post-weaning diets alter hypothalamic feeding pathways by DNA methylation in Wistar rat offspring. Epigenetics, 8:7, 710-9.
          • Cho, C.E, Norman, M., (2013). Cesarean section and development of the immune system in the offspring. American journal of obstetrics and gynecology, 208:4, 249-54.
          • Huot, P.S, Dodington, D.W, Mollard, R.C, Reza-Lopez, S.A, Sanchez-Hernandez, D., Cho, C.E, Kuk, J., Ward, W.E, Anderson, G.H, (2013). High folic acid intake during pregnancy lowers body weight and reduces femoral area and strength in female rat offspring. Journal of osteoporosis, 2013, 154109.
          • Akhavan, T., Luhovyy, B.L, Brown, P.H, Cho, C.E, Anderson, G.H, (2010). Effect of premeal consumption of whey protein and its hydrolysate on food intake and postmeal glycemia and insulin responses in young adults. The American journal of clinical nutrition, 91:4, 966-75.
          • Anderson, G.H, Cho, C.E, Akhavan, T., Mollard, R.C, Luhovyy, B.L, Finocchiaro, E.T, (2010). Relation between estimates of cornstarch digestibility by the Englyst in vitro method and glycemic response, subjective appetite, and short-term food intake in young men. The American journal of clinical nutrition, 91:4, 932-9.

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