Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences
Texas Woman’s University, USA
Shanil Juma is an Assistant Professor in Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences in Texas Woman’s University at 309 Old Main Building.He completed his PhD in 2002 on Nutritional Sciences in Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma Certification in Gerontology, Gerontology Institute. He completed his MS in 1997 on Human Nutrition in University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. He completed his BS in 1993 on Health Sciences in Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.
The main research interest is investigating the etiology of age-related conditions, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis, as a basis for the development of effective nutritional strategies for the prevention and management of these disorders. These research projects employ analytical, biochemical, and molecular techniques using cell culture and animal models, as well as small-scale clinical trials. The focus of these investigations is to elucidate the anti-inflammatory, bone, and joint protective properties of naturally occurring bioactive compounds present in whole foods (functional foods, e.g. blueberries, raspberries, grape, tart cherries etc.). My secondary research focus is on obesity and obesity related metabolic conditions (diabetes, cardiovascular, etc.). Our current studies focus on food components such as resistant starch and spices (curcumin, cinnamon, etc) on weight management, glucose homeostasis, and gut health . Our research funding sources include United States Department of Agriculture, Texas Department of Agriculture, National Starch Innovations, US Highbush Blueberry Council, California Table Grape Commission, Cherry Marketing Institute, and University Based Funding)