|Research Assistant Professor
Karen Corbin's Biosketch
|2008||University of South Florida College of Medicine||PhD, Molecular Medicine|
|1998||James A. Haley Veterans Hospital||RD, Registered Dietitian|
|1997||Florida State University||BS, Nutrition and Food Science|
Dr. Corbin has devoted her clinical and research career to understanding nutrition requirements in common chronic disorders including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity. At the UNC Nutrition Research Institute in Kannapolis, she has been instrumental in launching the clinical nutrition research facilities, including the metabolic chamber, metabolic research kitchen, and body composition laboratory. She has collaborated on several studies across the Institute, including two involving the metabolic chamber, which measures energy expenditure and substrate utilization very precisely in humans. She recently completed postdoctoral studies related to the involvement of genetic polymorphisms across one carbon metabolism, and related pathways, in obesity and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Her current studies are focused on understanding the mechanisms by which one carbon metabolism intersects with energy metabolism, with particular emphasis on hepatic mechanisms.