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Michael B. Zemel; Ph.D., M.S., B.S.

Dr. Zemel is a Professor of Nutrition and Medicine and Director of The Nutrition Institute at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN. He is author of over 135 refereed publications primarily describing investigations of the role of cell calcium regulation in obesity, insulin resistance and hypertension. Dr. Zemel's current work focuses on obesity genetics, the regulation of human adipocyte lipogenesis and lipolysis via calcium-linked mechanisms, and novel modulation of obesity by dietary calcium and dairy products. He also serves as director of a statewide obesity prevention program, funded by the Centers for Disease Control, for the state of Tennessee. Earlier, Dr. Zemel served as assistant, and then associate professor in the Department of Nutrition and in the Endocrinology Division of the Department of Medicine at Wayne State University until assuming his present position with the University of Tennessee. He was also Research Endocrinologist at the VA Medical Center, affiliated with the Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Zemel holds a Ph.D. degree in nutritional sciences/physiology from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI and both M.S. and B.S. degrees in nutritional science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.


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