Maria-Luz Fernandez, PhD

Professor, Nutritional Sciences (Affiliate)

Research Overview

My area of research is the evaluation of diets and other lifestyle factors including exercise and weight loss on heart disease risk and diabetes prevention. In my work I conduct clinical interventions using individuals across the age spectrum from children to elderly people. In my work, we measure dietary effects on dyslipidemias, inflammation and oxidative stress. I have conducted dietary interventions in other countries including Mexico and the United Arab Emirates. I also utilize the guinea pig as an animal model to evaluate the effects of diet in reversing hepatic steatosis and atherosclerosis.


BS Chemistry, University of Sonora, Mexico
MS Food Science, Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Mexico city, Mexico
PhD Nutritional Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Recent Publications

Contact Information
Mailing AddressDepartment of Nutritional Sciences
3624 Horsebarn Road Extension, Unit 4017
Storrs, CT 06269-4017
Office LocationJones Building