Obesity and the Digestive System
Jessica Woo, MHSA, PhD
Department of Pediatrics; Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Description of Research
Dr. Woo’s research is focused on how genetics and epigenetics may interact with early life events to influence a child's likelihood of developing obesity and specific metabolic complications of obesity, such as insulin resistance and dyslipidemia. In particular, Dr. Woo is examining the role of adiponectin and other biomarkers in the development of obesity and its complications during childhood. She is also interested in the role of breastfeeding and human milk components in early-onset obesity, as well as the contribution of early life events in the development of severe obesity by adolescence.
Dr. Woo collaborates with Dr. Martin on defining the genetic underpinnings of adiposity and its comorbidities in children and adolescents. She works with Dr. Morrow to extend recruitment and follow-up of a breastfed birth cohort to explore early-onset obesity and milk adiponectin. In addition, she is collaborating with Drs. Inge and Xanthakos to determine the effects of dietary intake in adolescents undergoing medical and surgical treatment for severe adolescent obesity, respectively. Anticipated Core use: Biostatistical services.