Obesity Research Open Journal

Editorial Board

Obesity Research - Open Journal


               Associate Editors

Zhenhua Liu, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Nutrition
School of Public Health and Health Sciences
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Dr. Liu is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Nutrition, School of Public Health and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an Adjunct Scientist at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA), Tufts University. He completed his postdoc training from HNRCA and Tufts-New England Medical Center. He received his PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from Auburn University with an additional MS degree in Statistics-Life Sciences. Before that he had a MS degree in Animal Sciences from China Agricultural University and a BS degree in Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine from Hunan Agricultural University. He is a reviewer for multiple research foundations and greater than 10 journals.

Effiong E. Otukonyong, PhD, MSc, B.MedSc

Assistant Professor
Department of Health Sciences
College of Public Health
East Tennessee State University
P. O. Box 70673 Johnson City, TN 37614, USA

Dr. Otukonyong, completed his PhD training in the Department of Neuroscience in Kochi Medical School, Kochi, Japan in 2001 with a research focus on the Neurobiology of leptin and Nitric oxide. On completion of his study, he was offered a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Neuroscience, McKnight Brain Institute at Gainesville, University of Florida between 2001-2003, where he researched on various appetite regulatory hormones, with particular interest in adipocyte-derived leptin, a satiety hormone that regulate appetite and body weight homeostasis. Over the years, he has studied the hypothalamus where leptin is also produced and exerts its effect centrally. He has used various forms of leptin in his research including recombinant leptin and recombinant adeno-associated virus encoding leptin (rAAV-lep). He is a member of various professional bodies including the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) and American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS). Aside from the hypothalamus, he will continue to explore the brain library with the hope of finding other brain sites that respond to leptin in the control of body weight homeostasis. In his laboratory, success have been recorded with leptin in ameliorating obesity in lower animals. Presently, he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Sciences, College of Public Health in East Tennessee State University.


Jon D. Wisman, PhD

Department of Economics
American University
Washington, DC 20016

Dr. Wisman is Professor of Economics at American University in Washington, DC. where he teaches graduate courses in the history of economic thought and economic methodology and undergraduate courses in macroeconomics, European economic history, American economic history, economic development, and labor economics. He has twice been selected by American University as the Outstanding Teacher of the Year. He has published articles and chapters in a wide variety of journals and books, and edited Worker Empowerment: The Struggle for Workplace Democracy. His most recent published work has addressed the potential for employer of the last resort programs and the role of inequality in generating economic crises and environmental devastation. Among his current projects is a book tentatively titled: We All Must Work: Creative Destruction and the Pursuit of Happiness. During 2002, he served as President of the Association for Social Economics.

Julia Yue Cui, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
University of Washington
4225 Roosevelt Way NE
Washington, USA

Dr. Julia received her BS Degree in Chukechen Honors College, Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, and received her PhD Degree with honors in University of Kansas Medical Center under the mentorship of Dr. Curtis D. Klaassen. Julia currently is an Assistant Professor in Toxicology in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. Julia is trained as a toxicologist, specializing in using transgenic animal models and the Next-Generation Sequencing technology to determine the effects of environmental chemical exposure and reprogramming the gut microbiome on the transcriptional and epigenetic regulation of genes involved in drug metabolism and obesity during development.

Qibin Qi, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Epidemiology & Population Health
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
1300 Morris Park Avenue, Belfer 1306A
Bronx, NY 10461, USA

Dr. Qi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology & Population Health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He was awarded his PhD degree from Institute for Nutritional Sciences, SIBS, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China and took up a position as Research Fellow in the Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health in 2010. His research has focused on genetics, lifestyle factors, and gene-environment interactions in relation to obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Since 2010, he has been working on several gene-environment interactions analyses for obesity traits in large cohorts and randomized clinical trials, and published several important gene-environment interaction papers with reproducible findings.

Jose Javier Martín-Ramiro, MD, PhD

Associate Professor
Alfonso X el Sabio University (UAX);
Rey Juan Carlos University and
Department of Surgery, Obesity Unit
Severo Ochoa Hospital

Dr. Martín-Ramiro completed his MD from the School of Medicine, Universidad Autónoma Madrid (Spain). He has also pursued his PhD in the Preventive Medicine Program from the Rey Juan Carlos University. His main investigation was obesity and burden of disease attributable.
He is responsible for the Obesity Unit at the Surgery Department of Severo Ochoa Hospital and the Bariatric Surgery Program. Also he is responsible for training surgeons program at his hospital.
He is the author and co-author of more than 70 publications and book chapters, and is a member of Spanish Surgeons Association, Bariatric Surgeons Association and Quality Care Section.
He is currently the head of the research group in psychiatrics consequences pre-vs post bariatric surgery.

Jesus Millan Nunez- Cortes, MD, PhD, PharmD, FRCP, FACP

Chair of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine
Universidad Complutense and Head of Internal Medicine
University Hospital Gregorio Marañón
Madrid, Spain

• Undergraduate training in the School of Medicine of Universidad Complutense, with postgraduate training in Hospital Clinico de San Carlos, Madrid.
• Associate Professor of Internal Medicine in the University of Cadiz, and Full Professor in the same University and the University Complutense.
• Head of the Research group in “Molecular Basis of Atherosclerosis” in the University of Cadiz, and “Clinical Medicine and Atherosclerosis” in the Universidad Complutense of Madrid.
• Director of Teaching and Education Area, Agencia para la Formación, Investigación y Estudios Sanitarios, Community of Madrid, Spain.
• Head of Internal Medicine Department of the University Hospital Gregorio Marañón in Madrid. Director of the University Hospital Gregorio Marañón in Madrid.

Monem Jemni, PhD

Chair ISAFA www.isafa.info
Qatar Olympics Committee Professorial Chair in Sport Science
College of Arts and Sciences
Qatar University
Al Tarfa, Doha 2713

Well established and one of the World leading authorities in sport Science. Following 21 years of professional career between, France, the USA and the UK, he has recently been offered a key position in Qatar as the Olympic Committee Professorial Chair in Sport Science Programme. His role is to develop the sport science in Qatar on the light of the upcoming World events in 2016 (Asian Football Confederation U-22 Football Championships, 7th Asian Indoor Athletics Championships) and also the Gymnastics World Championships 2018, the Athletics World Championships 2019 and the colossal FIFA World Cup in 2022.
An exercise physiologist who gained world recognition as a result of cutting edge research applied to sports. He lectured and received outstanding academic awards in several Universities. He published 110 manuscripts including original research, a textbook and conference abstracts.

Isabelle Lys, PhD

Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences
School of Sciences
Faculty of Health Sciences
Australian Catholic University
1100 Nudgee Road, BANYO, 4014
PO Box 456, Virginia, QLD 4014, Australia

Dr. Isabelle Lys was awarded a PhD in General Medicine from Monash University in 2004. She also completed a combined Bachelor of Arts and Science (Hons) from Monash University in 1997.
She has completed a one year Postdoctoral Research position at Ottawa Health and Research Institute, Canada from 2003-2004. Then she worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for Ag Research in Hamilton, New Zealand from 2004 to 2007.
From 2007 to 2010, she was a Lecturer in Health and Life Sciences at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand. From 2010 to 2015 Jan, she is a Senior Lecturer teaching in Pathophysiology, Anatomy and Physiology at Charles Darwin University, Australia.
From (Jan 27 2015-Present) she is a Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences, School of Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Australian Catholic University.

Markandeya Jois, BVSc, MVSc, PhD

Head, Department of Agricultural Sciences, School of Life Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology and Engineering
La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria, 3086, Australia

Dr. Markandeya Jois graduated B.V.Sc. from the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India in 1979 and M.V.Sc. from the same University in 1982. He was awarded a PhD degree from the University of Sydney in 1986 for his work on amino acid metabolism in ruminants.
Dr. Jois took up a position as Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Biochemistry, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada in 1986 and was appointed Assistant Professor (Research) in the same department in 1989. He spent a year in the University of Melbourne as Research Fellow before joining the teaching staff at La Trobe in 1993. He held the position of Director, Central Animal House from 1997 to 2004. In 2012, he was appointed as the Head, Department of Agricultural Sciences.

Limei Liu, PhD

Department of Physiology and Pathophysiology
Peking University Health Science Center
Beijing, 100191, China

Dr. Liu was born in Province Heilongjiang, China. She finished her Master degree in Harbin Medical University, China in 2003 and then joined Department of Physiology and Pathophysiology, Peking University Health Science Center, China. In 2011, she received her PhD degree in Chinese University of Hong Kong, China.

Amin F. Majdalawieh, PhD

Associate Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Department of Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Sciences
American University of Sharjah
Sharjah, UAE

Dr. Amin Majdalawieh earned a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada. He pursued a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada. He received several research awards. His main research interests include cardiovascular disease (atherosclerosis), macrophage cholesterol homeostasis, obesity, signal transduction, inflammation, natural products, and nutritional immunology, and cancer immunology.

Hala Mourad Demerdash, PhD

Associate Consultant
Department of Clinical Pathology
Alexandria University Hospitals
Former Associate Professor
Department of Clinical Pathology
Pharos University in Alexandria
Alexandria Governorate, Egypt

Dr. Demerdash is an Associate Consultant Clinical Pathology at Alexandria University Hospitals. Dr. Demerdash received her MD from Faculty of Medicine Tanta University 2007. She was a resident in Chemical Pathology Department at Medical Research Institute Alexandria University1992-1995. Dr. Demerdash received a Diploma in Health Care Quality Management, Arab Academy for Science & technology 2009/2010. She worked as a member of quality committee and Associate Professor Clinical Pathology at Pharos University at Pharos 2009-2017. She received Molecular biology training course from Faculty of Medicine- Porto University, Porto, Portugal 2016. Her main research interests include cardiovascular disease and obesity.

Anna Giulia Falchi, MD

IRCCS, St. Matteo Hospital
Viale Camillo Golgi, 27100 Pavia, Italy

Dr. Falchi is a Research Fellow at the St. Matteo General Hospital in Pavia, Italy. She trained as a medical doctor at the University of Pavia and at the School for advanced studies IUSS of Pavia. After the specialization in Internal Medicine, her research focused on metabolism and on the metabolic interactions of the cardiovascular diseases. She is studying the effects of the Mediterranean diet on obese patients at the first episode of Acute Myocardial Infarction. Among her interests lipidology, ultrasound techniques applied to clinical care and Cardiology, the association of epicardial fat with cardiovascular risk factors, new cognitive behavioural approaches to the obesity treatment, and the determination of serological biomarkers related to cardiovascular risk in obese and overweight patients.

Naheed Aryaeian, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Nutrition
School of Public health
Iran University of Medical Sciences
Tehran, Iran


• BS in Nutrition Shaheed Beheshti of Medical Sciences, Tehran-Iran
• MS in Nutrition Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz-Iran
• PhD in Nutrition, Minor Immunology Health Faculty, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran-Iran


• Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition, Nutrition Department, School of Public health, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

Suresh K. Mohankumar, M.Pharm, PhD, RPh

Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical Sciences
University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
Room B1B16, Block B
Jalan Broga, Semenyih 43500
Selangor Darul Ehsan

Dr. Kumar is a Research Scientist trained in Metabolic Physiology and Pharmacology. He took pharmacy as his major curriculum and completed M.Pharm (India) and PhD (Australia). He then underwent research extensive Post-doctoral trainings at the University of Manitoba, Canada.
Dr. Kumar has authored number of high impact research articles and presentations. Recently, he received Top New Investigator Award from the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids for his excellence in Fatty acids and Glucose transport research. He aspires to excel in the fields of Metabolic physiology, Pre-clinical/clinical pharmacology education and develop a research program for target-based molecules that combat metabolic syndrome.

Claire Mills, PhD

Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Applied Sciences
Oxstalls Campus
University of Gloucestershire
Gloucester GL2 9HW, UK


• (2014), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) University of Gloucestershire
• (2000), Fellow of the Higher Education Academy University of Gloucestershire
• (1996) MSc-Sport and Exercise Science Cardiff Metropolitan University
• (1995), Post Graduate Certificate of Education (Secondary) Physical Education Cardiff Metropolitan University
• (1994), BA (Hons) - Sport and Human Movement Studies (2:1) Cardiff Metropolitan University


• (2004-Present) University of Gloucestershire Senior Lecturer and Level 6 lead of BSc (Hons) in Sports Education
• (2001-2004), University of the West of England, Hartpury College Award Leader, Lecturer and Director of Netball
• (1997-2001), Worcester Sixth Form College A and AS level PE Co-ordinator and Netball Academy Co-ordinator
• (1997-1997), Stanwell Comprehensive School, Penarth, Cardiff Physical Education Teacher (Supply)
• (1996-1996), St John the Baptise Comprehensive School, Aberdare Physical Education Teacher (Supply)

Mohammad Javad Hosseinzadeh-Attar, MD, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Clinical Nutrition
School of Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics
Tehran University of Medical Sciences
Tehran, Iran

Dr. Hosseinzadeh-Attar is currently an Associate Professor in Department of Clinical Nutrition, School of Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics, Tehran University of Medical Sciences. With background in Medicine (MD), he completed his PhD from University College London (UCL) in 2004. He also has a postgraduate certificate in Nutritional Medicine from University of Surrey (UK).

Yung-Chieh Yen, MD, MSc, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Medicine
I-Shou University
Director, Department of Psychiatry
E-Da Hospital
1 Yi-Da Road, Yan Chau District
Kaohsiung 824, Taiwan


• (2007) Doctor of Philosophy in Mental Health, the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
• (2000) Master of Science, Institute of Behavioral Science, Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan
• (1991) Doctor of Medicine, School of Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan


• E-Da Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, - Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Director of the Department of Psychiatry, (December 2008-Present)
• Attending Psychiatrist, (October 2007-Present)
• Military Kaohsiung General Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, - Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Director and Attending Psychiatrist of Primary Psychiatry Division, (August 2000-July 2003)
• Calo Psychiatric Center, Department of Psychiatry, - Ping-Tung, Taiwan Attending Psychiatrist, (August 1999 -July 2000)
• Tsyr-Huey Mental Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, - Kaohsiung, Taiwan Attending Psychiatrist, (August 1998-July 1999)
• Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, - Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Chief Resident, (August 1997-July 1998)
• Resident, (August 1994-July 1997)
• Tsyr-Huey Mental Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, Kaohsiung, Taiwan Resident, (June 1993-July 1994)