Nutrition Sciences Department
Three Parkway, Room 392
Dr Sukumar joined faculty in the Department of Nutrition Sciences as an Assistant Professor in September 2013. After completing her initial training in India, she moved to the USA and obtained her PhD from Rutgers University. Her doctoral and postdoctoral work largely focused on examining the relationship of obesity and weight reduction with bone metabolism. Her research has been published in several top impact journals such as the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, Annual Reviews of Nutrition and Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism. Dr Sukumar is the recipient of the “American Society of bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) Young Investigator award” in 2011.
The overarching goal of Dr Sukumar’s research is to understand the interplay between bone metabolism and energy metabolism. He research focuses on how hormones and proteins inherent to bone metabolism influence obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Her current interests are in understanding whether novel dietary interventions can influence bone-regulating hormones, bone mineral density, pro-inflammatory cytokines and energy metabolism. The laboratory conducts randomized clinical trials with adult humans to answer these research questions.
Active projects in Dr Sukumar’s laboratory include clinical trials that are examining
• The role of Magnesium and vitamin D supplementation on bone health and cardiovascular outcomes ( A RCT funded by the American Heart Association)
• Bone health and metabolic outcomes in South Asian Indians
• Influence of medications on bone and metabolic health outcomes
Dr Sukumar is a member of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research and American Society for Nutrition.