About the Editors


Dr. Nikhil Dhurandhar, USA

Former president of The Obesity Society (2014-2015), current professor and chair of the department of Nutritional Sciences and Helen Devitt Jones Endowed Chair at Texas Tech University, Nikhil Dhurandhar has over 37 years of experience as a physician and nutritional biochemist. During this time, he treated over 15,000 patients for obesity.  Having published over 160 scientific articles and book chapters, and received 47 patents, Nikhil also coined the term "Infectobesity" to describe obesity of infectious origin. His research team was the first to identify adipogenic effects of adenoviruses that cause obesity in animals, and are associated with obesity in humans and non-human primates. His team also identified a novel adenoviral protein that is being investigated for its potential as an anti-diabetic drug.  His current research focuses on molecular biological aspects of obesity and diabetes, as well as clinical treatment of obesity.  His life and work have been featured by numerous media outlets and documentaries, including the New York Times, National Geographic, BBC-UK, and CNN. 

David Stensel, UK

David Stensel is Professor of Exercise Metabolism and Associated Dean for Research in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University in the UK where he has been working since 1999. Prior to this David worked for six years at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. David’s research focuses on the relationship between physical activity and health. He is particularly interested in the potential of exercise for reducing the risk of diseases such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes as well as the role of exercise in regulating appetite and maintaining a healthy body composition. He is co-author of the textbook Physical Activity and Health: The Evidence Explained which is widely used on exercise science courses in the UK and overseas. David is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO) and the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). He is on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) and the Scientific Programme Committee of BASES. Further details of David’s work may be obtained from his Loughborough University website.  

Associate Editors

Sujoy Ghosh, Singapore

Dr. Sujoy Ghosh is an Associate Professor in the Program for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disorders and Centre for Computatinal Biology at Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore. He also directs the Laboratory of Computational Biology at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, USA. Dr. Ghosh obtained his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from University of Notre Dame, USA, and completed postdoctoral training at Duke University, USA. Prior to arriving at Singapore, Sujoy was a Group Leader and Medical Genetics Advisor at GlaxoSmithKline, USA. He was also a Senior Research Scientist and Director of Research at the Center for Translational Health Equality Research at North Carolina Central University, USA. Dr. Ghosh’s research employs integrative bioinformatics and machine learning tools for investigating the genetic and genomic architectures underlying cardiometabolic disorders, with a special focus on biological pathways and interaction networks, and with the goal of identifying and functionally validating novel disease gene candidates and biomarkers of disease processes. His lab collaborates extensively with national and international investigators for analysis and interpretation of complex next generation sequencing datasets from diverse therapeutic areas. Dr. Ghosh has published over 125 peer reviewed articles and received competitive funding from the NIDDK, NIMHD, American Heart Association and Ministry of Education, Singapore.

Angela K. Golden, USA

Dr. Golden, is a current fellow and past president of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). She completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice at Arizona State University and has been an NP for over 20 years. She owns NP Obesity Treatment Clinic in Flagstaff, AZ.  She earned OMAs NP/PA Certificate of Advanced Clinical Education and the Specialist Certification of Obesity Professional Education, an internationally recognized certification.  She also is certified as a life coach and for Cognitive Behavior Therapy.
Dr. Golden has a great deal of experience as a consultant in the development of patient education materials, has recently authored a book, Treating Obesity in Primary Care and written peer reviewed articles, participated in research, and been interviewed by lay media on obesity treatment. She presents nationally and internationally with an emphasis on obesity, health policy, leadership and clinical care. She has 11 grandchildren, one great grandchildren and loves researching the history of nursing as a hobby. She has written a fiction book, “The Nurse and The Vampyre” telling the history of nursing.

James A. King, UK

James King is a Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology within the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University in the UK. Prior to this appointment, James undertook several years of post-doctoral research within the NIHR Leicester Biomedical Research Centre. Broadly, his research interests surround the ability of exercise and diet to prevent and manage obesity-related metabolic disease. Specific areas of active enquiry include the interaction between exercise, appetite regulation and energy balance, as well as the therapeutic effects of diet and exercise within type 2 diabetes and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). James has published over sixty peer-reviewed original articles, reviews and book chapters.

M. S. Westerterp Plantenga, The Netherlands

Prof. dr. M. S. Westerterp Plantenga is Professor of Food Intake Regulation in Humans at Maastricht University, Faculty of Health, Medicine, Life Sciences, Nutrim, The Netherlands. Her research focuses on energy-homeostasis and reward-homeostasis. This encompasses the neuro-endocrinology of food-intake, energy expenditure and substrate oxidation, and the role of circadian rhythm and sleep, in the perspective of body-weight regulation and obesity. Margriet Westerterp-Plantenga participated in European projects, such as Diogenes, Full4Health, and PREVIEW. She has been a member of several editorial boards, scientific committees and of the Faculty Board of the Faculty of Health, Medicine, and Life sciences of Maastricht University.

Eric Robinson, UK

Eric Robinson is a reader in psychology at the University of Liverpool, UK. He completed his PhD in 2011 at the University of Birmingham, UK. His main research interests include the psychology of eating behaviour and the impact that the food environment has on appetite and energy intake. His group also conduct research on the psychological factors related to obesity, including how stigma and discrimination may contribute to weight gain and ill health. His research has resulted in a number of early career awards from the European Association for the Study of Obesity, the World Obesity Federation, the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. More recent work has involved informing and evaluating UK national public health policies designed to improve diet and reduce obesity.

Pediatric Associate Editors

Carl-Erik Flodmark, Sweden

Carl-Erik Flodmark, MD, Ph D and associated Professor/Reader (Docent) at Lund University, Sweden has been treating childhood obesity since 1986 and presented his thesis on this subject in 1993. A regional Childhood Obesity Unit was started as a project in 2001 at Skåne University Hospital in Malmö. In 2004 the Unit became an official tertiary referral center for the Skåne Region, Sweden and since 2006 its responsibilities increased to cover the Hospital Regional Collaboration of South of Sweden. From 2002 until 2004 he was the President of the National Swedish Family Therapy Association. He has over 40 years of experience as a physician and treated over 3000 children for obesity. Currently he serves as peer reviewer for several journals. He has developed a new treatment model for childhood obesity using solution focused brief therapy and structural family therapy (SOFT – Standardized Obesity Family Therapy). He has been the founding President of SPOC (Scandinavian Pediatric Obesity Conference), which organized the pediatric satellite meeting at the International Conference on Obesity in Stockholm in 2010. He is also a board member and from 2012 until 2016 the President of the Swedish Association for the study of Obesity and a board member of the Pediatric Obesity Association of the Swedish Medical Association since 2015. Since 2015 he is working as a medical officer at the National Board of Health and Welfare but still continuing obesity research at Skåne University Hospital in Malmö. In 2016 he was co-chair of the program organizing committee of European Obesity Summit in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Nicola Santoro, USA

Nicola Santoro is a Pediatrician with a research interest in obesity and its metabolic complications. He is currently studying the effect of gut microbiome on the body composition and the metabolic pathways leading to obesity, type 2 diabetes and nonalcoholic fatty liver (NAFLD) in obese youth. He is also interested in defining the metabolic phenotype of youth with NAFLD and testing how common and rare variants in certain genes (PNPLA3, GCKR, TM6SF2 etc.) may interact with the environment to convey susceptibility to pediatric fatty liver disease. His research is funded by NIH, AHA, JDRF and Allen foundation. He serves as peer reviewer for several journals and funding agencies.

Statistical Editors

David Allison, USA

David B. Allison joined the faculty of the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2001 where he is currently Distinguished Professor, Quetelet Endowed Professor of Public Health, Associate Dean for Science, Director of Office of Energetics, and Director of the NIH-funded Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC). He received his Ph.D. from Hofstra University in 1990. He then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a second post-doctoral fellowship at the NIH-funded New York Obesity Research Center at St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital Center. He has authored over 450 scientific publications and edited five books. He has won several awards, including the 2002 Lilly Scientific Achievement Award from The Obesity Society (TOS) and in 2009, he was awarded the Centrum Award from the American Society of Nutrition (ASN) and the TOPS research achievement award from the Obesity Society. In 2013, he was awarded the Alabama Academy of Science's "Wright A. Gardner" award and the American Society of Nutrition's (ASN) "Dannon Institute Mentorship" award and was elected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA) in 2007. He serves or has served on numerous editorial boards of including the European Journal of Clinical Investigation, Obesity and Plos One. 
Dr. Allison is also proud to be the founding Field Chief Editor of Frontiers in Genetics.
Dr. Allison's research interests include obesity, quantitative genetics, clinical trials, and statistical and research methodology. He also serves as a frequent consultant and expert witness in the legal setting.

Darren Greenwood, UK

Darren Greenwood is a Senior Lecturer in Biostatistics in the School of Medicine at the University of Leeds. He is Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Nutritional Epidemiology at the University of Leeds and member of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition, which advises Public Health England and other UK government organisations on nutrition and related health matters. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed publications and his research interests include statistical and epidemiological methods applied to nutrition and cardio-metabolic health; nutrition across the life course; measurement error and validation of dietary assessment tools; complex randomized controlled trials; meta-analysis; cohort pooling and analysis of individual participant data; and big data applied to physical activity and nutrition.

Reviews Editor

Magdalena Pasarica, USA

Dr. Pasarica is Professor of Medicine at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. She is board certified in Family Medicine, with a Ph.D. in Nutrition from Wayne State University and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Endocrinology from Pennington Biomedical Research Center. She has performed clinical, translational and basic research studies in the area of pathophysiology of adipose tissue, human adult stem cells, infectobesity, obesity and diabetes mellitus type 2. She was recognized early in her career as a rising star with the “New Investigator Award” from the International Obesity Society. In addition to research, Dr. Pasarica has dedicated her career to academic medicine through her work in training undergraduate and graduate medical students in primary care, obesity, diabetes and lifestyle medicine, and performing innovative medical education research. For complete expertise, Dr. Pasarica is also a practicing physician, which includes managing patients of all ages with obesity and educating other physicians about evidence-based obesity management. As the Medical Director of the Student-Run Free Clinic at her institution, Dr Pasarica has developed an advanced obesity evaluation and management component for which the clinic received the National Innovation Award for Healthcare Provider Training and Education from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, the Bipartisan Policy Center, and the American College of Sports Medicine.