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Ancha Baranova

Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular and Microbiology

Expertise: Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome, Diabetes, Liver Disease, Hepatitis C, Translational Medicine

Baranova is an associate professor in the Department of Molecular and Microbiology. She is working in collaboration with researchers at Inova Fairfax Hospital on several projects related to metabolic syndrome, diabetes, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and hepatitis C and is hopeful that this research will eventually lead to the development of prognostic biomarkers. Baranova holds a doctorate from Moscow State University. Her research interests include molecular pathways in human tissues with an emphasis on cancer and metabolic diseases, computational and comparative genomics. She is using a systems biology approach to the functional genomics and pathways analysis of complex human disorders.


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Lisa R. Pawloski

Associate Professor and Chair, Dept. of Global and Community Health

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Expertise: Nutrition, Obesity, Childhood Obesity, Adolescent Obesity

Pawloski is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Global and Community Health in the College of Health and Human Services. She studied biology and chemistry at Texas A&M, and received a master’s degree in anthropology from Indiana University. In 1999, she received the Ph.D. in nutritional anthropology from Indiana University. As a Fulbright Scholar in 1997, she conducted a study examining the nutritional status, growth, and development of adolescent girls from the Segou Region in Mali, West Africa. She has since conducted research concerning biocultural aspects of health and nutrition among Malian adolescent immigrants living in Paris, France, nutritional behaviors and growth among Nicaraguan adolescent girls, and obesity and growth issues among Thai adolescents. In 2005, Pawloski received a second Fulbright to continue her study of nutrition and dietary behaviors among adolescents in suburban Bangkok, Thailand. With a grant from the University of the District of Columbia, she recently completed a project which examines the nutritional status, behavior, and knowledge of 4th and 5th grade students from two Washington, DC, schools. Pawloski has presented her research findings nationally and internationally and has published several manuscripts related to nutrition and growth and development in peer reviewed journals. She coordinates the Nutrition Certificate Program, the Nutrition Minor, and the Masters of Health Science Concentration in International Health in the College of Health and Human Services, and is also an Associate Faculty Member in the Center for Global Studies.

Watch Lisa Pawloski present "The Nutrition Transition—Is Obesity becoming a Global Crisis?"

Media Contact: Michele McDonald, 703-993-8781,