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Monica Dus

Monica Dus, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor with Tenure in the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at the University of Michigan and a 2023 Guggenheim Fellow in Biology. She is also affiliated with the Michigan Neuroscience Institute, the Obesity and Nutrition Research Center, the Diabetes Research Center, and the Prechter Bipolar Research Program. Her lab’s research focuses on nutrigenomics, or how dietary components interact with genes to shape neural plasticity and behavior. The Dus lab is funded by the NIDDK (K99/R00, DP2, and R01) and NSF CAREER, as well as private foundations such as The Klingestein-Simons, Rita Allen, Sloan, and the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. Dr. Dus teaches Genetics and Neuroepigenetics to ~500 students every year and is passionate about communicating science and making it accessible to the public. She has organized museum workshops, published SugarBuzz, a children’s comic book about food, hosted her own podcast, and written for The Conversation. Dr. Dus was chosen as a 2023-24 White House Fellow working with the Secretary of the Navy to work on science and technology in higher education.


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