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Nutrigenomics and molecular nutrition

Finished 01.08.2018 - 31.12.2021

Nutrigenomics and non-communicable or chronic diseases: Nutrigenomics is an emerging science in nutrition that uses molecular tools to better understand the physiological responses obtained through a certain diet in individuals and population groups.

At the Institute of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition, within the main research interests of the nutrigenomics research line is to study the molecular interactions between metabolites produced by the gut microbiota derived from specific dietary nutrients that protect from type 2 diabetes and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease under this specific project


    Project name

    • Molecular and metabolic mechanisms for the role of gut microbiota-derived indole propionic acid (IPA) in the prevention of type 2 diabetes

    Other projects:

    • Studying the gene-pathway associations for IPA both for adipose and liver tissues.

    PhD student
    Ratika Sehgal,

    Post Doc researcher
    Mariana Ilha,
    Marjo Tuomainen,


    • Prof. Jussi Pihlajamäki

      UEF (transcriptomics and epigenetic studies, FADSDIET2 study)

    • Prof. Kirsi Virtanen

      UEF (PET study)

    • Prof. Ursula Schwab

      UEF (dietary intervention studies)

    • Emeritus Profs: Matti Uusitupa and Jaakko Tuomilehto

      Finnish Diabetes Prevention Study

    • Dr. Kati Hanhineva

      UEF (non-targeted metabolomics studies)

    • Prof. Charlotte Ling, Lund University

      (DNA methylation studies)

    • Prof. Stine Ulven, Oslo University

      (PBMC transcriptomics studies)

    • Prof. Rikard Landberg

      Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

    • Prof. Cristiane Leitão

      UFRGS, Brazil (nutritional, dietary and metabolic aspects in obesity and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease)

    • Dr. Márcio Flávio Moura de Araújo

      nursing sciences, UNILAB/Fortaleza

    • Dr. Luciana Vercoza Viana

      Endocrinology and Nutrology sciences, HCPA/UFRGS, Porto Alegre, Brazil

    • Dr. Thais Steemburgo

      Course in Nutrition Genomics in non-communicable chronic diseases, UFRGS, Post-Graduation Program in Nutrition and Health, Brazil

    • Dr. Helen Hermana M. Hermsdorff

      Nutrition and health, UFV/Viçosa, Brazil



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