Department: Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise

Zhiyong Cheng

Zhiyong ChengAssistant professor
Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise
Fralin Life Science Institute 

Expert in molecular metabolism; genetics and epigenetics in metabolic regulation.

zcheng@vt.edu
540-231-9445
http://hnfe.vt.edu/people/faculty/gpf/cheng.html

Expertise

  • Nutritional signal transduction pathway
  • Hormonal signal transduction pathway
  • Genetics and epigenetics (environment-gene interaction)
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer

Brenda Davy

Brenda DavyAssociate professor
Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise
Fralin Life Science Institute 

Expert in eating behaviors and its impacts

bdavy@vt.edu
540-231-6784
http://hnfe.vt.edu/people/faculty/gpf/bdavy.html

Expertise

  • Improving health behaviors
  • Beverage consumption
  • Dietary intake assessment
  • Appetite control
  • Diet
  • Weight management
  • Water and diet

Kevin Davy

Kevin DavyProfessor, Co-director Fralin Translation Obesity Research Center
Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise
Fralin Life Science Institute 

Expert in obesity, exercise, and aging

kdavy@vt.edu
540-231-3487
http://hnfe.vt.edu/people/faculty/gpf/kdavy.html

Expertise

  • Lifestyle modification
  • Obesity
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Aging
  • Cardiometabolic disease

Valisa Hedrick

Valisa HedrickAssistant professor
Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise

Expert in dietary assessment methodology and dietary patterns

vhedrick@vt.edu
540-231-7983
http://hnfe.vt.edu/people/faculty/gpf/hedrick.html

Expertise

  • Medical nutrition therapy
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Sugar-sweetened beverages
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Obesity
  • Dietary questionnaire development
  • Dietary patterns
  • Dietary biomarkers