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Past Postdoctoral Member: Emily Dhurandhar, Ph.D.

Emily Dhurandhar, Ph.D.
Past Personnel
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Dr. Emily Dhurandhar earned her PhD in Human Nutrition in 2011 from Louisiana State University. She is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Health Behavior. She is interested in human eating behavior and energy balance, and her objective is to further the understanding of the causes of obesity to improve prevention and treatment. She has developed an interdisciplinary research program to quantify and study how particular foods and food components, eating patterns, environmental factors, and psychosocial factors may perturb the homeostatic regulation of energy balance to result in weight gain and obesity. She conducts secondary data analysis, observational studies randomized clinical trials, and human feeding trials for this purpose.


  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  1. Dhurandhar EJ, Dawson J, Alcorn A, Larsen LH, Thomas EA, Cardel M, Bourland AC, Astrup A, St-Onge MP, Hill JO, Apovian CM, Shikany JM, Allison DB. The effectiveness of breakfast recommendations on weight loss: a randomized controlled trial. Am J Clin Nutr. 2014 Jun 4. [Epub ahead of print]
  2. Dhurandhar NV, Dhurandhar EJ, Ingram DK, Vaughan K, Mattison JA. Natural infection of human adenovirus 36 in rhesus monkeys is associated with a reduction in fasting glucose. J Diabetes. 2014 Jun 9. [Epub ahead of print]
  1. Krishnapuram R, Kirk-Ballard H, Dhurandhar EJ, Dubuisson O, Virginie Messier V, Rabasa-Lhoret R, Hegde V, Aggarwal S, Dhurandhar NV. Insulin Receptor-independent Up-regulation of Cellular Glucose Uptake. International Journal of Obesity. 2013 Jan;37(1):146-53. [doi: 10.1038/ijo.2012.6]
  2. Dhurandhar EJ, Allison DB, van Groen T, Kadish I. Hunger in the Absence of Caloric Restriction Improves Cognition and Attenuates Alzheimer’s Disease Pathology in a Mouse Model. PLoS One. 2013;8(4):e60437.
  3. Krishnapuram RK, Dhurandhar EJ, Hegde V, Dubuisson O, Dhurandhar NV. Doxycycline-regulated 3T3-L1 preadipocyte cell line with inducible, stable expression of adenoviral E4orf1 gene: A cell model to study insulin-independent glucose disposal. PLoS One. 2013;8(3):e60651.
  4. Tanaka T, Ngwa JS, van Rooij FJ…. Dhurandhar EJ. Genome-wide meta-analysis of observational studies shows common genetic variants associated with macronutrient intake. Am J Clin Nutr. 2013 Jun;97(6):1395-402.
  5. Dawson J, Dhurandhar EJ, Vazquez AI, Allison DB. Propagation of Obesity Across Generations: The Roles of Differential Realized Fertility and Assortative Mating by Body Mass Index. Hum Hered. 2013;75(2-4):204-12.
  1. Gohlke JM, Dhurandhar EJ, Correll CU, Morrato EH, Newcomer JW, Remington G, Nasrallah HA, Crystal S, Nicol G; Adipogenic and Metabolic Effects of APDs Conference Speakers, Allison DB. Recent Advances in Understanding and Mitigating Adipogenic and Metabolic Effects of Antipsychotic Drugs. Front Psychiatry. 2012;3:62. Epub 2012 Jun 28. [PMID: 22754543] [PMCID: PMC3385013]]
  2. Dhurandhar EJ, Krishnapuram R, Hegde V, Dubuisson O, Dong X, Ye J, Civitarese A, Dhurandhar NV. E4orf1 Improves Hepatic Lipid and Glucose Metabolism: A Potential Agent to Improve Steatosis and Hepatic Insulin Resistance. Under Review at PLoS ONE. 2012;7(10):e47813.
  3. 13. Loop M, Wood AC, Thomas AS, Shikany JM, Dhurandhar EJ, Gadbury GL, Allison DB. Submitted for Your Consideration: Potential Advantages of a Novel Clinical Trial Design and Initial Patient Reaction. Front Genet. 2012;3:145.
  1. Krishnapuram R, Dhurandhar EJ, Dubuisson O, Kirk-Ballard H, Bajpeyi S, Butte N, Sothern MS, Larsen-Meyer E, Chalew S, Bennett B, Gupta AK, Greenway FL, Johnson W, Brashear M, Reinhart G, Rankinen T, Bouchard C, Cefalu WT, Ye J, Javier R, Zuberi A, Dhurandhar NV. Template to improve glycemic control without reducing adiposity or dietary fat. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2011 May;300(5):E779-89. Epub 2011 Jan 25. [PMID: 21266671]
  2. Emily J Dhurandhar, Olga Dubuisson, Nazar Mashtalir, Rashmi Krishnapuram, Vijay Hedge, and Nikhil V. Dhurandhar. E4orf1: A Novel Ligand that Improves Glucose Disposal in Cell Culture. Accepted for publication in PLoS ONE.
  3. Dubuisson O, Dhurandhar EJ, Krishnapuram R, Kirk-Ballard H, Gupta AK, Hegde V, Floyd E, Gimble JM, Dhurandhar NV. PPARgamma-independent increase in glucose uptake and adiponectin abundance in fat cells. Endocrinology. 2011;152(10):3648-60. [PMID: 21791563]
  1. Rathod MA, Rogers PM, Vangipuram SD, Emily J. McAllister, and Dhurandhar NV. Adipogenic Cascade can be Induced without Adipogenic Media by a Human Adenovirus. Obesity 2009 Jan 22. [Epub ahead of print] [PMID: 19165154]
  2. Rathod MA, Rogers PM, Vangipuram SD, Emily J. McAllister, and Dhurandhar NV. Adipogenic Cascade can be Induced without Adipogenic Media by a Human Adenovirus. Obesity 2009 Jan 22. [Epub ahead of print] [PMID: 19165154]
  3. McAllister EJ, Dhurandhar NV, Keith SW, Aronne LJ, Barger J, Baskin M, Benca RM, Biggio J, Boggiano MM, Eisenmann JC, Elobeid M, Fontaine KR, Gluckman P, Hanlon EC, Katzmarzyk P, Pietrobelli A, Redden DT, Ruden DM, Wang C, Waterland RA, Wright SM, Allison DB. Ten putative contributors to the obesity epidemic. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2009 Nov;49(10):868-913. [PMID: 19960394]
  1. Rogers PM, Fusinski KA, Rathod MA, Loiler SA, Pasarica M , Shaw MK, Kilroy G, Sutton GM, McAllister EJ, Mashtalir N, Gimble JM, Holland TC, and Dhurandhar NV. Human adenovirus Ad-36 induces adipogenesis via its E4 orf-1 gene. International Journal of Obesity 2008; 32(3):397-406. [PMID: 17984979]
  2. Pasarica M, Mashtalir N, McAllister EJ, Kilroy GE, Koska J, Permana P, de Courten B, Yu M, Ravussin E, Gimble JM, Dhurandhar NV. Adipogenic Human Adenovirus Ad-36 Induces Commitment, Differentiation and Lipid Accumulation in Human Adipose-derived Stem Cells. Stem Cells. 2008; 26(4):969-78. [PMID: 18203674]
  1. Rice S, McAllister E and Dhurandhar NV. Fast food: Friendly ? International Journal of Obesity 2007 31(6):884-6. [PMID: 17342073]


In July, 2015 completed her training with us and moved on to a position as Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University.