Maria Chondronikola, Ph.D., R.D.N.

Maria Chondronikola

Position Title
Assistant Adjunct Professor

3209 Meyer Hall | Lab: 3426 Meyer Hall
  • B.S., M.S., Nutrition and Dietetics, Harokopio University of Athens, Greece
  • M.S., R.D.N., Clinical Nutrition, New York University, NY
  • M.P.H., Preventive Medicine and Community Health, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, TX
  • Ph.D., Nutrition-Metabolism/Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, TX
Research Interests

Dr. Chondronikola’s research interests include:

  • The role of brown adipose tissue in cardiometabolic health in humans
  • Pathophysiology of obesity and its related metabolic complications (e.g., insulin resistance, hyperlipidemia)
  • Nutritional approaches for prevention/treatment of obesity and metabolic diseases
  • Mechanisms regulating carbohydrate and lipid metabolism in humans
  • Tracer techniques in the study of human metabolism in vivo
Selected Publications:

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Yoneshiro T, Wang Q, Tajima K, Matsushita M, Maki H, Igarashi K, Dai Z, White PJ, McGarrah RW, Ilkayeva OR, Deleye Y, Oguri Y, Kuroda M, Ikeda K, Li H, Ueno A, Ohishi M, Ishikawa T, Kim K, Chen Y, Sponton CH, Pradhan RN, Majd H, Greiner VJ, Yoneshiro M, Brown Z, Chondronikola M, Takahashi H, Goto T, Kawada T, Sidossis L, Szoka FC, McManus MT, Saito M, Soga T, Kajimura S. BCAA catabolism in brown fat controls energy homeostasis through SLC25A44. Nature. 2019. [PubMed]

Chondronikola M, Sidossis LS. Brown and beige fat: From molecules to physiology. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2019;1864(1):91-103. [PubMed]

Chondronikola M, Magkos F, Yoshino J, Okunade AL, Patterson BW, Muehlbauer MJ, Newgard CB, Klein S. Effect of progressive weight loss on lactate metabolism: A randomized controlled trial. Obesity (Silver Spring, Md). 2018;26(4):683-8. [PubMed]

Chondronikola M, Beeman SC, Wahl RL. Non-invasive methods for the assessment of brown adipose tissue in humans. J Physiol. 2018;596(3):363-78. [PubMed]

Chondronikola M, Porter C, Malagaris I, Nella AA, Sidossis LS. Brown Adipose tissue is associated with systemic concentrations of peptides secreted from the gastrointestinal system and involved in appetite regulation. Eur J Endocrinol. 2017;177(1):33-40. [PubMed]

Chondronikola M, Harris LL, Klein S. Bariatric surgery and type 2 diabetes: are there weight loss-independent therapeutic effects of upper gastrointestinal bypass? J Intern Med. 2016 Nov;280(5):476-486. [PubMed]

Porter C, Herndon DN, Chondronikola M, Chao T, Annamalai P, Bhattarai N, Saraf MK, Capek KD, Reidy PT, Daquinag AC, Kolonin MG, Rasmussen BB, Borsheim E, Toliver-Kinsky T, Sidossis LS. Human and mouse brown adipose tissue mitochondria have comparable UCP1 function. Cell Metab. 2016;24(2):246-55. [PubMed]

Chondronikola M, Volpi E, Børsheim E, Porter C, Saraf MK, Annamalai P, Yfanti C, Chao T, Wong D, Shinoda K, Labbe SM, Hurren NM, Cesani F, Kajimura S, Sidossis LS. Brown adipose tissue activation is linked to distinct systemic effects on lipid metabolism in humans. Cell Metab. 2016;23(6):1200-6. [PubMed]

Sidossis LS, Porter C, Saraf MK, Børsheim E, Radhakrishnan RS, Chao T, Ali A, Chondronikola M, Mlcak R, Finnerty Celeste C, Hawkins HK, Toliver-Kinsky T, Herndon DN. Browning of subcutaneous white adipose tissue in humans after severe adrenergic stress. Cell Metab. 22(2):219-27. [PubMed]

Chondronikola M, Annamalai P, Chao T, Porter C, Saraf M, Cessani F, and Sidossis LS. A percutaneous needle biopsy technique for sampling the supraclavicular brown adipose tissue depot of humans. Int J Obesity (London). 2015;39(10):1561-4. [PubMed]

Shinoda K, Luijten IH, Hasegawa Y, Hong H, Sonne SB, Kim M, Xue R, Chondronikola M, Cypess AM, Tseng YH, Nedergaard J, Sidossis LS, Kajimura S. Genetic and functional characterization of clonally derived adult human brown adipocytes. Nat Med. 2015;21(4):389-94. [PubMed]

Chondronikola M, Volpi E, Børsheim E, Porter C, Annamalai P, Enerback S, Lidell M, Saraf M, Labbe S, Hurren N, Yfanti C, Chao T, Andersen C, Cesani F, Hawkins H, Sidossis L. Brown adipose tissue improves whole body glucose homeostasis and insulin sensitivity in humans. Diabetes. 2014;63(12):4089-99. [PubMed]