Curriculum Vitae

  • Director of Graduate Studies, Nutrition & Integrative Physiology
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Health-Kinesiology-Recreation
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Kinesiology
  • Professor, Nutrition & Integrative Physiology


Research Summary

I have a broad research interest in the role nutrition has to prevent and treat diseases of the cardiovascular system. My current projects are centered around the mechanisms in which the ratio of dietary fat and carbohydrates can modulate blood pressure during hypertension, and the efficacy and mechanism of action in which various phytochemicals may be used to treat hypertension.

Research Statement

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the most prevalent public health problem facing the United States and the rest of the Western world. Many researchers believe that diet is critical for both prevention and treatment of CVD. To this end my research is focused on understanding how cardiovascular function and metabolism can be regulated by consumption of macronutrients, as well as supplementation with magnesium, and dietary phytochemicals. The goals of my research are to determine efficacy of supplements and diet therapy, and answer questions regarding optimum dosage and mechanisms of action.

Research Keywords

  • Phytochemicals and bioactive components, Interest Level: 4
  • Nutrition, Interest Level: 5
  • High blood pressure, Interest Level: 4
  • Cell signaling, Interest Level: 4
  • Cardiac hypertrophy, Interest Level: 4

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • MAGNESIUM BIOAVAILABILITY. PI: JALILI,THUNDER. ALBION LABORATORIES INC, 04/25/2015 - 06/30/2018. Total project budget to date: $131,990.00
  • DIETARY ANTHOCYANINS FOR THE PREVENTION OF VASCULAR DISEASE IN DIABETES. PI: A. Velayutham. 07/01/2013 - 06/30/2015. Total project budget to date: $5,000.00
  • CARDIAC HYPERTROPHY DUE TO OXIDATIVE STRESS INSULIN (R15HL085226). PI: Jalili, Thunder. National Institutes of Health, 08/01/2006 - 07/31/2009. Total project budget to date: $224,250.00
  • RESPONSE TO SALIVARY IGA. PI: JALILI,THUNDER. 4LIFE RESEARCH LLC, 08/01/2009 - 12/31/2012. Total project budget to date: $61,652.00
  • GRAPESEED EXTRACT & QUERCETIN. PI: JALILI,THUNDER. MELALEUCA, 07/01/2009 - 12/31/2012. Total project budget to date: $102,126.00
  • CARDIAC HYPERTROPHY. PI: JALILI,THUNDER. DHHS NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HE, 05/02/2006 - 07/31/2009. Total project budget to date: $224,250.00
  • QUERCETIN IN DIET. PI: JALILI,THUNDER. UNIV OF UTAH RES FNDN, 07/01/2003 - 09/30/2005. Total project budget to date: $61,820.00
  • CARDIAC HYPERTROPHY. PI: Co-PI(s): JALILI,THUNDER. MORRISON TRUST, 10/01/2001 - 03/31/2003. Total project budget to date: $35,239.00