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Maria E. Fields (Moreno-Fernandez), PhD

  • Member, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
  • Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


BS: Microbiology and Bioanalysis, University of Antioquia, Colombia, 2006.

PhD: Immunobiology, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2014.

Postdoc: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Division of Immunobiology, Cincinnati, OH, 2022.


Obesity; T2D; NAFLD

Services and Specialties

Gastroenterology, Gastroenterology GI


Immune regulation; inflammation; obesity; diabetes; liver disease; aging

Research Areas

Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition


Obesity amplifies influenza virus-driven disease severity in male and female mice. Alarcon, PC; Damen, MS M A; Ulanowicz, CJ; Sawada, K; Oates, JR; Toth, A; Wayland, JL; Chung, H; Stankiewicz, TE; Moreno-Fernandez, ME; et al. Mucosal Immunology. 2023; 16:843-858.

Thermoneutral Housing Enables Studies of Vertical Transmission of Obesogenic Diet-Driven Metabolic Diseases. Wayland, JL; Doll, JR; Lawson, MJ; Stankiewicz, TE; Oates, JR; Sawada, K; Damen, MS M A; Alarcon, PC; Haslam, DB; Trout, AT; et al. Nutrients. 2023; 15:4958.

The bidirectional immune crosstalk in metabolic dysfunction-associated steatotic liver disease. Sawada, K; Chung, H; Softic, S; Moreno-Fernandez, ME; Divanovic, S. Cell Metabolism. 2023; 35:1852-1871.

BAFF and APRIL counterregulate susceptibility to inflammation-induced preterm birth. Doll, JR; Moreno-Fernandez, ME; Stankiewicz, TE; Wayland, JL; Wilburn, A; Weinhaus, B; Chougnet, CA; Giordano, D; Cappelletti, M; Presicce, P; et al. Cell Reports. 2023; 42:112352.

Thermoneutral housing shapes hepatic inflammation and damage in mouse models of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Oates, JR; Sawada, K; Giles, DA; Alarcon, PC; Damen, MS M A; Szabo, S; Stankiewicz, TE; Moreno-Fernandez, ME; Divanovic, S. Frontiers in Immunology. 2023; 14:1095132.

Microbial metabolite butyrate promotes induction of IL-10+IgM+ plasma cells. Föh, B; Buhre, JS; Lunding, HB; Moreno-Fernandez, ME; König, P; Sina, C; Divanovic, S; Ehlers, M. PloS one. 2022; 17:e0266071.

A protocol for isolation of primary human immune cells from the liver and mesenteric white adipose tissue biopsies. Moreno-Fernandez, ME; Damen, MS M A; Divanovic, S. STAR Protocols. 2021; 2:100937.

A BAFF/APRIL axis regulates obesogenic diet-driven weight gain. Chan, CC; Harley, IT W; Pfluger, PT; Trompette, A; Stankiewicz, TE; Allen, JL; Moreno-Fernandez, ME; Damen, MS M A; Oates, JR; Alarcon, PC; et al. Nature Communications. 2021; 12:2911.

Non-hematopoietic IL-4Rα expression contributes to fructose-driven obesity and metabolic sequelae. Damen, MS M A; Stankiewicz, TE; Park, SH; Helsley, RN; Chan, CC; Moreno-Fernandez, ME; Doll, JR; Szabo, S; Herbert, DB R; Softic, S; et al. International Journal of Obesity. 2021; 45:2377-2387.

Implications of Inflammatory States on Dysfunctional Immune Responses in Aging and Obesity. Thomas, AL; Alarcon, PC; Divanovic, S; Chougnet, CA; Hildeman, DA; Moreno-Fernandez, ME. Frontiers in Aging. 2021; 2:732414.