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Maria Luz Fernandez, Ph.D


Ph.D. University of Arizona, 1988

Education and Background

  • BS Quimico Biologo University of Sonora (Dec 1974) Hermosillo, Sonora Mexico.
  • MS Food Science Instituto Politecnico Nacional (June 1980) Mexico, D.F.
  • PhD Nutritional Sciences University of Arizona (May 1988) Tucson, Arizona.

Languages: Spanish, English, French

Professional Positions

  • University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, Department of Nutritional Sciences
  • University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, Department of Nutritional Sciences
  • University of Sonora, Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, Department of Food Science

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, American Institute of Nutrition (elected 1992), Associate Member 1989-1992
  • Professional Member, Institute of Food Technologists (elected 1989) Associate Member 1979-1989.
  • Member National Lipid Association 2007- Present

Selected Awards and Honors

  • 2010-2014-FDA, Foods Advisory Committee
  • 200-2012, Associate Editor, The Journal of Nutrition
  • Spring 2006, Provost Research Award
  • Fall 2005, UCANRAA Teaching Award
  • 2002, Gamma Sigma Delta, Junior Faculty Award
  • 2001, Excellence in Research Award, College of Agriculture
  • 1992, Elected Fellow, American Heart Association


  • NUSC 1165, Fundamentals of Nutrition
  • NUSC 3233/3235: Food Composition and Preparation
  • NUSC 5300: Vitamins and Minerals
  • NUSC 6315: Lipoproteins in Health and Disease

Graduated MS Students

  1. Lin He (1/95-12/96)
  2. Taif Al-Sarraj (8/95-9/97)
  3. Hong Shen (8/95-122/97)
  4. Edourard Cos (1/99-9/00)
  5. Jason Rosen (8/98-1/01)
  6. Madhu Patalay (8/02-12/04)
  7. Lisa Zola (1/05-7/06)
  8. Ushma Vaishnav (8/05-12/07)
  9. Shymaa Ata (1/07-5/08)
  10. Ryan DeOgburn (8/07-7/09)
  11. Daniela Ackerman (8/08-7/09)
  12. Branden LaPia (8/09-7/10)
  13. Michael Comperatore (8/08-7/10)
  14. Nilgun Gorken (1/12-8/13)
  15. Huda Alorabi (8/13-8/15)
  16. Siqi Hu (8/14-5/16)

Graduated PhD Students

  1. Karin Conde (1/95 - 5/98)
    Current Position: Vice-President for Cardiology and Metabolism, Johnson & Johnson, London, UK.
  2. Marcela Vergara-Jimenez (8/94 - 5/98)
    Current Position: Dept Head, Nutrition Department, University of Sinaloa, Mexico.
  3. Suheeta Roy (1/98-5/01):
    Current position: Senior Research Associate, Children’s Hospital, Oakland Research Institute, Oakland, CA
  4. Tripurasundari Ramjiganesh (8/98-9/01)
    Current Position: Senior Associate Project Manager, Global Internal Medicine, Morrisville, NC.
  5. Sonia Vega-Lopez (8/98-5/02)
    Current Position: Assistant Professor, Arizona State University, Mesa, AZ.
  6. Kristy L West (8/00-5/04)
    Current Position: Medical Writer, PPD Inc., Wilmington, NC
  7. Kristin L Herron (8/00-5/04)
    Current Position: Senior Scientist, Nutrition Research, Kraft Foods, Chicago, IL.
  8. Ingrid E Lofgren (8/01-8/04)
    Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
  9. Tosca L Zern (8/01-5/05)
    Current position: Science Faculty, Conard High School, West Hartford, CT
  10. Martha Nydia Ballesteros (8/01-12/05) (from joint appointment with CIAD)
    Current position: Senior Researcher and Program Coordinator: Centro de Investigación en Desarrollo y Alimentos, Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.
  11. Dimple Aggarwal (6/03-5/06)
    Current Position: Clinical Project Manager, Schering, Plough, NJ
  12. Richard J Wood (8/03-5/06)
    Current Position: Associate Professor, Spring College, Springfield, MA
  13. Christine Greene (8/03-5/06)
    Current Position: Information Technology, Field Service Manager, Hartford Hospital,Hartford, CT
  14. Sudeep Shrestha (1/04-5/07)
    Current position: Creator of NGO in Nepal in conjunction with John Hopkins Hospital, Bethesda, MD.
  15. Moises Torres-Gonzalez (8/04-6/07)
    Current position: Research Scientist, Dairy Council, Chicago, IL
  16. Gisella Mutungi (4/06-12/07)
    Current position: Senior Scientist, Pfizer, Philadelphia, PA
  17. Michael Puglisi (8/05-5/08)
    Current Position: Nutrition Coordinator, Brooklyn Hospital Center, Brooklyn, NY.
  18. Taif Al-Sarraj (1/06-5/09)
    Current Position: Chief of Clinical Support Services, Tawam Hospital, Al-Ain, Abudabhi, United Arab Emirates.
  19. Joseph C Ratliff (8/06-5/09)
    Current Position: Nutrition Scientist, Dr Pepper/Snapple, Dallas, TX
  20. Jose O Leite (8/06-8/09)
    Current Position: Assistant Professor, Universida Federal de Mina Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
  21. Mariana Calle (1/07-5/11)
    Current Position: Assistant Professor, Worcester State University
  22. Tina Checchio (8/09-5/11)
    Current Position: Senior Scientist, Pfizer, New London, CT
  23. Jennifer J Jones (8/07-8/11)
    Current Position: Post-doctoral fellow, Emory Medical School, Atlanta, Georgia
  24. Jung Eun Kim (8/08-8/11)
    Current Position: Post-doctoral fellow, Purdue University, Lafayette, IN
  25. Christopher N Blesso (8/09-8/12)
    Current Position: Assistant Professor, Dept Nutritional Sciences, UConn
  26. Jacqueline Barona (8/08-8/12)
    Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, University of Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia.
  27. Ryan deOgburn (co-Advisor with Volek) (8/09-8/13)
    Current position: Post-doctoral fellow
  28. Catherine J Andersen (1/09-8/13)
    Current Position: Post-doctoral fellow, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. Will be Assistant Professor in Fairfield University in September 2014.
  29. Christine E Dugan (8/09-8/13)
    Current Position: RD Training Program, Yale University, New Haven, CT
  30. David Aguilar (8/09-5/14)
    Current Position: Assistant Professor, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah
  31. Gabriela Murillo (8/12-8/16)
    Current Position: Faculty, University of Costa Rica. Department of Medicine

Current PhD Students

  • Amanda Missimer
  • Diana DiMarco
  • Manal Almatrafi
  • Bruno Lemos

Current Master’s Students

  • Minusara Thomas
  • Yuan Yao

Post-doctoral Fellows

  • Ghada Abdel Fattah, PhD (September - December 1995).
  • Reyna Luz Vidal-Quintanar, PhD (July-December 1999)
  • Catherine Andersen, PhD (January-August 2014)

Visiting Professors

  • Jung Sook Kang (December 2004-December 2005)
    Department of Food and Nutrition, -Cheju National University, Korea
  • Hyeon Sook Lim (June-August 2008)
    Department of Nutrition – Chonnam National University


The focus of my research is to contribute to our understanding on the relationship between diet and chronic disease with a concentration on coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in US as well as type-2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. I have conducted numerous clinical trials in her laboratory to determine the human response to dietary interventions aimed at weight loss, improvement of dyslipidemias, amelioration of inflammation, decreases in insulin resistance or reductions in oxidative stress. In recent years, my research has substantially contributed to clarify the controversies surrounding dietary cholesterol, egg intake and heart disease Three of my   clinical interventions were used to develop guidelines for dietary cholesterol by USDA in 2011.

I also utilize the guinea pig as an animal model to study the mechanisms by which nutrients and drug treatment specifically alter the metabolic pathways involved in maintaining hepatic cholesterol homeostasis, or those that are associated with fatty liver disease, generation of atherogenic lipoproteins, infiltration of macrophages into adipose tissue, the inflammatory response and atherosclerosis. From these guinea pig studies, I have made significant contributions to our knowledge on how dietary fiber, dietary cholesterol, fatty acids varying in saturation and chain length, carbohydrate restriction and dietary lutein modulate hepatic enzymes, intravascular processing of lipoproteins and gene expression. Recently I started working with nano-delivery of nutrients to demonstrate greater efficacy in target tissues.

Extra-mural Funding

Extramural Funding Principal Investigator

  • USDA: $520,580
  • USDA Hatch: $205,580
  • American Heart Association: $183,000
  • Food Companies and Commodities: $1,860,000
  • Drug Companies: $308,000

Intramural Funding (PI)

  • $124,000

Funding Co-PI or Co-Investigator

  • $572,000
  • Education Core Chair of the NIH “Health Disparities” proposal awarded to Rafael Perez-Escamilla ($8,000,000).

Recent Invited Presentations (last 5 years)



  • Manielli lecture, University of Rhode Island
  • Experimental Biology, San Diego California
  • Allied Health, University of Connecticut
  • Department of Animal Sciences, University of Connecticut


  • Metabolomics LLC, Gig Harbor, WA
  • Satellite ASN Speaker, Washington, DC
  • Glaxo-Smith-Kline, RTP, NC


  • University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
  • Department of Pathobiology, University of Connecticut
  • Experimental Biology, Washington, DC
  • Symposium Speaker on Dietary cholesterol controversies, Washington, DC


  • UConn Alumni Association, Hartford, CT
  • AHA Association, Industry Nutrition Advisory panel, San Diego, CA
  • Nutmeg IFT, Storrs, CT
  • Experimental Biology, San Diego, CA


  • Experimental Biology, Boston, MA
  • PRLAC, UConn



  • University of Sinaloa, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico
  • National Microbiology Society, Medellin, Colombia
  • Clinical Chemistry Society, University of Antioquia, Colombia
  • Tawan Hospital, Al-Ain, Abhudabi, United Arab Emirates


  • University of Sonora, Hermosillo Sonora, Mexico
  • Association of Dietitians, Buenos Aires, Argentina


  • University of Menofuia, Shebbin-El-Kon, Egypt
  • Centro de Investigacion y Desarrollo, Hermosillo, Mexico
  • University of Sonora, Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
  • Conferences of Medical Practices, Belo Horizonte, Brazil


  • 11th European Nutrition Conferences, Madrid, Spain


  • EWHA University, Seoul, South Korea


  • El Instituto del Huevo, Mexico City, Mexico
  • International Symposium for Korean Physical Education, Seoul, South Korea 

Publications (Last 5 years) (from a total of 202)

  1. Fernandez ML. Effects of dietary cholesterol in diabetes and heart disease. Clinical Lipidology 2014: (in press).
  2. Arter J, Fernandez ML, Lofgren IE. Coronary heart disease factors in College students. Advances in Nutrition 2014: (in press)
  3. Wang Y, Meng Yang, Lee SG, Ouelette C, Fernandez ML, Volek JS, Chun O. Diets high in total antioxidant capacity improve risk biomarkers of cardiovascular disease: A 9-month observational study among overweight/obese postmenopausal women. Eur J Nutr. 2013; Epub ahead of print.
  4. Dugan CE, Barona J, Fernandez ML. Increased dairy consumption diferentially improves Metabolic syndrome markers in male and female adults. Met Synd Rel Dis. 2013; Epub ahead of print.
  5. Cussak LK, Fernandez ML, Volek JS. The food matrix and sterol characteristics affect the plasma cholesterol lowering of phytosterol/phytostanol. Adv Nutr Res;(in press).
  6. Andersen CJ, Fernandez ML. Dietary strategies to reduce metabolic syndrome. Rev Endocrine Met Dis 2013: Epub August 13.
  7. Ballesteros MN, Cabrera RM, Saucedo MS, Fernandez ML. Intake of two eggs per day increases plasma lutein and zeaxanthin in a pediatric population at high risk for heart disease. Brit. J. Medicine Med Res 2013;3:1558-1573.
  8. Andersen CJ, Fernandez ML. Dietary approaches to improving atheroprotective HDL functions. Food and Function 2013;14(3):241-54.
  9. Volek JS, Volk BM, Volek AL, Kunces LJ, Kupchack BR, Freindereich DJ, Aristizabal JC, Saenz CM, Dunn-Lewis C, Ballard KD, Quann EE, Kaweicki DL, Flanagan SD, Comstock BA, Fragala MS, Earp JE, Fernandez ML, Bruno RM, Ptolemy AS, Kellog MD, Maresh CM, Kraemer WC. Whey protein supplementation during resistance training augments lean body mass J. Am Coll Nutr 2013; 32:122-135.
  10. Ballard KD, Quann EE, Kupchack BR, Volk BM, Kawiechk DM, Fernandez ML, Seip RL, Maresh CM, Kraemer WJ, Volek JS. Dietary carbohydrate restriction improves insulin sensitivity, blood pressure, microvascular function and cellular adhesion markers in individuals taking statins. Nutr. Res. 2013 (in press).
  11. Kunces LJ, Cusack LK, Kupchak BR, Volk BM, Freindenreich DJ, Aristizabal JC, Seanz C, Pei R, Guo Y, Fernandez ML, Bruno RM, Maresh CM, Kraemer WJ, Pronczuk A, Hayes KC, Volek JS. Triglyceride recrystallized phytostyerols in fat-free milk improve lipoprotein profiles more than unmodified free phytosterols in hypercholesterolemic men and women. J. Am Coll Nutr 2013; 32:232-242.
  12. Yang M, Wang Y, Davis CG,  Lee SG, Fernandez ML, Koo SI, Cho E, Chun OK. Validation of a food frequency questionnaire to assess antioxidant intake in overweight postmenopausal women. Public Health Nutr 2013; Epub ahead of print.
  13. Calle MC, Vega-Lopez S, Segura-Perez S, Perez-Escamilla R, Fernandez ML. A Dietary Pattern Low in Fruits Explains Variations in Inflammation and in Biomarkers of Cardiovascular Disease in Latinos Diagnosed with Type-2 Diabetes. Brit. J. Medicine Med Res.2013; 3:1558-1573.
  14. Vega-Lopez S, Calle MC, Fernandez ML, Kollanoor-Samuel G, Chhabra J, Segura S. D’Agostino D, Damio G, Perez-Escamilla. Triglyceride screening may improve cardiometabolic disease risk assessment in Latinos with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes. J. Health Care Poor Undeserved 2013; 24:1739-1755
  15. Blesso CN, Andersen CJ, Barona J, Volk B, Volek JS, Fernandez ML. Effects of carbohydrate restriction and dietary cholesterol provided by eggs on clinical risk factors of metabolic syndrome. J Clin Lipidol. 2013; 7:463-471.
  16. Andersen CJ, Blesso CN, Lee JY, Barona J, Sha D, Thomas MJ, Fernandez ML. Egg consumption modulates HDL composition and increases the cholesterol accepting capacity of serum in metabolic syndrome. Lipids 2013; 48:557-567.
  17. Barona J, Blesso C, Andersen CJ, Park YK, Lee JY, Fernandez ML. Grape consumption increases anti-inflammatory markers and upregulates peripheral nitric oxide synthase in the absence of dyslipidemias in men with metabolic syndrome. Nutrients 2012; 4:1945-1957.
  18. Blesso CN, Andersen CJ, Bolling B, Fernandez ML. Egg intake improves carotenoid status by increasing HDL cholesterol in adults with metabolic syndrome. Food and Function 2013; 4:213-221.
  19. Yang M, Wang Y, Davis C, Fernandez ML, Koo SI, Cho E, Chun OK. Validation of a food frequency questionnaire to assess short-term antioxidant intake against 30-d food records and plasma biomarkers. Public Health Nut 2012;20:1-10.
  20. Blesso CN, Andersen CJ, Barona J, Volek J, Fernandez ML. Whole egg consumption improves lipoprotein profiles and insulin sensitivity in individuals with metabolic syndrome. Metabolism 2013; 62:400-410.
  21. Barona J, Fernandez ML. Dietary cholesterol affects plasma lipid levels, the intravascular processing of lipoproteins and reverse cholesterol transport without increasing the risk for heart disease. Nutrients 2012;4:1015-1025.
  22. Barona J, Aristizabal J, Blesso CN, Volek JS, Fernandez ML. Grape polyphenols reduce blood pressure and increase flow-mediated vasodilation in men with metabolic syndrome. J. Nutr 2012;142:1626-1632
  23. Ouellete CG, Yang M, Wang Y, Yu C, Fernandez ML, Rodriguez NR, Chun O. Assessment of nutrient adequacy with supplement use in a sample of healthy college students. J. Am. Coll Nutr 2012;31-301-310.
  24. Kanter M, Kris-Etherton P, Fernandez ML, Vickers KC, Katz DL. Exploring The Factors That Impact Blood Cholesterol and Heart Disease Risk: Is Dietary Cholesterol as Bad for You as History Leads Us to Believe? Nutrition Reviews 2012: 3:711-717.
  25. Kim JE, Park YK, Lee JY. Clark RM, Fernandez ML. Lutein decreases oxidative stress and inflammation in liver and eyes of guinea pigs fed a hypercholesterolemic diet. Nutr. Res Pract. 2012;6:113-119.
  26. Calle M, Fernandez ML. Inflammation and type 2 diabetes. Diabetes & Metabolism. 2012; 38:183-191.
  27. deOgburn R, Leite JO, Ratliff J, Volek JS, McGrane MM, Fernandez ML. Increased dietary cholesterol in conjunction with carbohydrate restriction uniquely impacts hepatic lipid metabolism in a guinea pig model. Comparative Medicine. 2012: 62:109-115.
  28. Fernandez ML. Rethinking dietary cholesterol. Curr. Opinions Med Nutr Metabolic Care. 2012; 15:17-21.
  29. Torres-Gonzalez M, Bruno RS, Yeung FS, Kim JE, Davis S, Volek JS, Fernandez ML. Dietary cholesterol and low carbohydrate modulate hepatic lipid accumulation and antioxidant status in guinea pigs. Curr Topics Biomed Res. 2011: 13:13-24.
  30. Jones JL, Park Y, Lee J, Lerman RH, Fernandez ML. A Mediterranean-style low-glycemic-load diet reduces the expression of HMG-CoA reductase in mononuclear cells and decreases insulin in women with metabolic syndrome. Nutr. Res. 2011; 31:659-664.
  31. Jones JL, Ackermann D, Barona J, Calle MC, Andersen C, Kim JE, Volek JS, McIntosh M, Najm W, Lerman RH, Fernandez ML. A Mediterranean low-glycemic-load diet alone or in combination with a medical food improves insulin sensitivity and reduces inflammation in women with metabolic syndrome. Brit. J. Medicine Med Res. 2011; 1:356-370.
  32. Jones JL, Comperatore M, Barona J, Calle MC, Andersen CJ, McIntosh M, Najm W, Lerman RH, Fernandez ML. A Mediterranean-style, low-glycemic-load diet decreases atherogenic lipoproteins and reduces lipoprotein (a) and oxidized low-density lipoprotein in women with metabolic syndrome. Metabolism 2012: 61:366-372.
  33. Kim JE, Leite JO, DeOgburn R, Smyth JA, Clark RM., Fernandez ML. A lutein-enriched diet prevents cholesterol accumulation and decreases oxidized LDL and inflammatory cytokines in the aorta of guinea pigs. J. Nutr. 2011;141:1458-1463.
  34. Jones JL, Fernandez ML, McIntosh M, Najm W, Calle MC, Kalynych C, Vukich C, Barona J, Ackermann D,  Kim JE, Vivek K, Lot M, Volek JS, Lerman RH. A Mediterranean-style low-glycemic-load diet improves variables of metabolic syndrome in women, and addition of a phytochemical-rich medical food enhances benefits on lipoprotein metabolism. J Clin Lipidol. 2011; 5:188-196.
  35. Barona J, Jones JL, Kopek R, Comperatore M, Andersen CJ, Schwartz S, Lerman RH, Fernandez ML. A Mediterranean-style low-glycemic-load diet increases plasma carotenoids and decreases LDL oxidation in women with metabolic syndrome. J. Nutr. Biochem. 2012;23:609-615.
  36. Ackermann D, Jones JL, Barona J, Calle M, Kim J-E, LaPia B, Volek JS, McIntosh M, Kalynych C, Njam W, Lerman RH, Fernandez ML.  Waist circumference is positively correlated with markers of inflammation and negatively with adiponectin in women with metabolic syndrome. Nutr. Res. 2011:31 197-204.
  37. Fernandez ML. Metabolic syndrome and the components of the Mediterranean diet. Functional Foods in Health and Disease 2011; 2:25-37.
  38. Lerman RH, Kaskel M, McIntosh M, Najm W, Fernandez ML, Baruffi E, Harris W. Correction of the Omega index in women with metabolic syndrome by adding omega-3 supplements to a Mediterranean-style diet. J. clin. Lipidol. 2011:5:224.
  39. Kollannoor-Samuel G, Chhabra J, Fernandez ML, Vega-Lopez S, Segura-Perez S, Damio G, Calle MC, D’Agostino D, Perez-Escamilla R. Determinants of fasting plasma glucose and glycosylated hemoglobin among low income Latinos with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes. J. Imm. Min Health 2011: 13: 809-817.
  40. Fernandez ML. Eggs and Health Benefits. Can J. Cardiol. 2011;27:264 e1.
  41. Fernandez ML, Jones JL, Ackermann D, Barona J, Calle M, Comperatore M, Kim J-E, Andersen CJ, Leite JO. Volek JS, McIntosh M, Kalynych C, Najm W, Lerman RH. Low HDL cholesterol is associated with increased atherogenic lipoproteins and insulin resistance in women classified with metabolic syndrome. Nutr. Res. Pract 2010:4:492-498.
  42. Calle MC, Vega-Lopez S, Segura-Perez S, Volek JS, Perez-Escamilla R, Fernandez ML. Low plasma HDL cholesterol and elevated C reactive protein further increase cardiovascular disease risk in Latinos with type 2 diabetes. J. Diabet. Metabol 2010;10:1 
  43. Fernandez ML. Effects of eggs on plasma lipoproteins in healthy populations. Food & Function. 2010; 1:156-160.
  44. Calle MC, Fernandez ML. Effect of resistance training on the inflammatory response, Review Nutr. Res. Practice 2010;4: 259-269.
  45. Fernandez ML, Calle MC. Revisiting dietary cholesterol recommendations: does the evidence support a 300 mg/d limit? Current Atherosclerosis Reports 2010; 12:377-383.
  46. Vislocky L, Fernandez ML. Biomedical effects of grape products. Nutrition Reviews. 2010: 68:656-670.
  47. Vislocky L, Fernandez ML. Grapes and grape products. Their role in health. Nutrition Today. 2013;48:47-51.
  48. Forsythe CE,  Phinney SD, Feinman RD,  Volk BM, Freidenreich D, Quann EE, Ballard K, Puglisi MJ, Kraemer WJ,  Bibus DM, Fernandez ML, Volek JS Limited effect of dietary saturated fat on plasma saturated fat in the context of a low carbohydrate diet. Lipids 2010; 45:967-972.
  49. Ratliff JC, Leite JO, DeOgburn R, Puglisi M, VanHeest J, Fernandez ML. Consuming eggs for breakfast influences plasma glucose and ghrelin, while reducing caloric intake during the next 24 hours in adult men.  Nutrition Res. 2010; 30:96-103.
  50. Floegel A, Kim DO, Chung S-J, Song WO, Fernandez ML, Bruno RS, Koo SK. Chun OK. Development and validation of an algorithm to establish a total antioxidant capacity database of U.S. diet. Intl J. Food Sci Nutr. 2010;61:600-623.
  51. Leite JO, Fernandez ML. Should we take HDL levels at its face value? Am J. Cardiovasc Drugs. 2010;10:1-3.
  52. Torabian S, Haddad E, Cordero-MacIntyre Z, Tanzam J, Fernandez ML, Sabate J. Long term walnut supplementation without dietary advice induces favorable serum lipid changes in free-living individuals. Eur. J Clin. Nutr. 2010; 64:274-279.
  53. Leite JO, Deogburn R, Ratliff J, Su R, Smyth JA, Volek JS, McGrane MM, Dardik A, Fernandez ML. Low-carbohydrate diets reduce lipid accumulation and arterial inflammation in guinea pigs fed a high-cholesterol diet. Atherosclerosis. 2010;209:442-448.
  54. Volek JS, Ballard KD, Silvestre R, Judelson DA, Quann EE, Forsythe CE, Fernandez ML, Kraemer WJ. Effects of dietary carbohydrate restriction vs low-fat diet on flow-mediated dilation. Metabolism 2009; 58: 1769-1777.
  55. Al-Sarraj T, Saadi H, Volek JS, Fernandez ML. Metabolic syndrome prevalence, dietary intake and cardiovascular risk profile among overweight and obese adults from the United Arab Emirates. Met Syndr Rel Disord. 2010;8:39-46.
  56. Ata SM, Vaishnav U, Puglisi M, Wood RJ, Lofgren IE, Volek JS, Fernandez ML. Macronutrient composition and increased physical activity modulate plasma adipokines and appetite hormones during a weight loss intervention. J Women Health. 2010: 19:139-145.
  57. Al-Sarraj T, Saadi H, Volek JS, Fernandez ML. Carbohydrate restriction favorably alters lipoprotein metabolism in Emirati subjects classified with the metabolic syndrome. Nutr. Met Cardiovasc. Dis. 2010: 20:720-726.
  58. Al-Sarraj T, Saadi H, Calle MC, Volek JS, Fernandez ML. Carbohydrate restriction as a first-line dietary intervention therapy effectively reduces the biomarkers of metabolic syndrome in Emirati adults. J. Nutrition. 2009; 139:1667-1676.
  59. Carr TP, Krostrand  KL, Schlegel VL, Fernandez ML. Stearate-enriched plant sterol esters lower serum LDL cholesterol concentration in normo- and hypercholesterolemic adults. J. Nutr. 2009; 139:1445-1450.
  60. Fernandez ML, Torres-Gonzalez M. Carbohydrate restriction prevents atherosclerosis by reducing atherogenic lipoproteins and aortic inflammatory cytokines in guinea pigs. 2009
  61. Leite JO, DeOgburn R, Ratiliff J, Su R, Volek JS, McGrane MM, Dardik A, Fernandez ML. Low carbohydrate diets disrupt the association between insulin resistance and weight gain. Metabolism 2009: 58:1116-1122.
  62. Ratliff J, Puglisi M, Mutungi G, Volek JS, Fernandez ML. Carbohydrate restriction (with or without additional dietary cholesterol provided by eggs) reduces insulin resistance and plasma leptin without modifying appetite hormones in adult men. Nutr Res 2009:29;262-268.
  63. Leite JO, Vaishnav U, Puglisi M, Fraser H, Trias J, Fernandez ML. A-002 (Varesplabid), a phospholipase A2 inhibitor reduces aterosclerosis in guinea pigs.  BMC Cardiovascular Disorders. 2009; 9:7.
  64. Fernandez ML. The LDL to HDL cholesterol ratio, a more reliable clinical tool than LDL cholesterol to evaluate coronary heart disease risk. The Lipid Spin, 2009; 4:4-6.
  65. Shrestha S, Ehlers SJ, Lee J-Y, Fernandez ML, Koo SI. Dietary green tea extract lowers plasma and hepatic triglycerides by decreasing the expression of SERBP-1 mRNA and its responsive genes in fructose-fed ovariectomized rats. J. Nutr. 2009; 139:640-645.
  66. Wood RJ, Fernandez ML. Carbohydrate Restriction versus Low Glycemic Index Diets: which is a better option for the treatment of insulin resistance and the metabolic syndrome? Nutr. Rev. 2009;67:179-183.
  67. Mutungi G, Waters D, Ratliff J, Puglisi MJ, Clark RM, Volek JS, Fernandez ML. Eggs distinctly modulate plasma carotenoid and lipoprotein subclasses in adult men following a carbohydrate restricted diet. J Nutr Biochem. 2010;21:261-267.
  68. Volek JS, Phinney SD, Forsythe CE, Quann EE, Wood RJ, Puglisi MJ, Kraemer WJ, Bibus DM, Fernandez ML, Feinman RD. Carbohydrate restriction has a more favorable impact on the metabolic syndrome than a low fat diet. Lipids. 2009; 44:297-309.
  69. Puglisi M, Mutungi G, Brun PJ, McGrane MM, Volek JS, Fernandez ML. Raisins and walking alter appetite hormones and plasma lipids by modifications in lipoprotein metabolism and up-regulation of the LDL Receptor. Metabolism 2009; 58:120-128.
  70. Visloky LM, Pikosky MA, Herron KL, Vega-Lopez S, Gaine PC,  Martin WW, Zern TL, Fernandez ML, Rodriguez NR. Habitual consumption of eggs does not alter the beneficial effects of endurance training on plasma lipids and lipoprotein metabolism in untrained men and women. J. Nutr. Biochem 2009;20:26-34.

Book Chapters

  1. Fernandez ML, Andersen CJ, Eggs, Composition and Health in Encyclopedia of Food and Health edited by Caballero, Finglas and Toldra. 2014 (in press)
  2. Blesso CN, Andersen CJ, Fernandez ML. Eggs effects on HDL metabolism, inflammation and insulin resistance. In Nutrition Interventions on Metabolic syndrome. CRC Press 2013: (in press)
  3. Fernandez ML. The Mediterranean diet versus a low fat diet, cardiovascular risk factors and obesity in The Mediterranean Diet: An evidence-based approach to disease prevention, Elsevier, 2013.
  4. Fernandez ML. Fiber, Cholesterol Reduction and Cardiovascular Disease in Edible Fiber Components: Nutritional and Health Benefits. Taylor and Francis Publishers, 2009;
  5. Fernandez ML & Wood RJ. Guinea pigs as models for human cholesterol and lipoprotein metabolism in Source book for models for Biomedical Research , Humana Press 2008 p. 201-212.
  6. Fernandez ML & Vergara-Jimenez M. Associations between Carbohydrate Intake and Risk for Coronary Heart Disease, Insulin Resistance and the Metabolic Syndrome. In “Focus on Dietary Carbohydrate Research”. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. Chapter 3.,2006 p55-70.
  7. Fernandez ML.“Pectin: Composition, chemistry, physico-chemical properties, food applications and  physiological effects in  Handbook of Dietary Fiber, Cho S and Dreher M. (eds): Marcel Dekker Inc. 2001;Chapter 30 Pages 583-601.
  8. Fernandez ML.”Dietary Fiber and LDL Metabolism”. In European Symposium on functional properties of non-digestible carbohydrates. Lisbon Portugal. 1998;p 29-34.


  • August 2012: The state of Cholesterol Science (viewed by 2286 individuals in the month of August)
  • October 2012: The Heart of the matter: grapes and cardiovascular health
  • October 2013: The Heart of the matter: grapes and cardiovascular health

Selected University Service

  • Graduate Program Coordinator (2000-Present)
  • Faculty Council Chair (CANR), 2010-Present
  • CANR strategic planning committee 2010-Present
  • Faculty Review Board: (2008-2011), Chair 2011
  • University Senate (2012-2015)
  • Senate Nominating Committee (2012-2013)
  • Chair, Diversity Committee (2012-2014)
  • Member, Diversity Strategic Planning Committee (2013-2016)
  • AAUP, Executive Council (2013-2014)
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