Martha Belury

Martha Belury

Martha Belury

Carol S. Kennedy Professor Program Chair, Human Nutrition

302 Campbell Hall
1787 Neil Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Dietary fats and metabolism in obesity, diabetes and muscle wasting conditions
  • Fatty acids and metabolites as agonists for nuclear hormone receptors
  • Energy metabolism


  • BS, Nutrition/Dietetics, University of Texas (1987)
  • PhD, Biological Sciences, University of Texas (1992)

Dr. Belury is a translational nutrition scientist with over 25 years of experience working to identify the role of dietary fatty acids in inflammation and metabolism in human health and disease.  Her primary research interest is to identify mechanistic links between linoleic acid rich oil (LA-oil) with glucose disposal, metabolic flexibility and oxygenated lipid metabolites in men and women with type 2 diabetes.  These studies build on her prior work.  They identified binding affinity, transactivating potential and metabolic outcomes of polyunsaturated fatty acids and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs) in pre-clinical models and in clinical trials. Belury collaborates with a highly qualified team of investigators, many of whom are long-term collaborators, to accomplish their goals.  Their multidisciplinary methods involve recruitment /intervention /retention, biochemical and lipid analyses, anthropometry, dietary and activity assessment, mitochondrial and metabolic flexibility measures, insulin sensitivity and lipidomics analyses.  At every level this project is integrated with biostatistical rigor for design, power and statistical models for analyzing and interpreting the data.

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