Lemas, Dominick

web resize07_Dr._Dominick_LemasAssistant Professor, Health Outcomes & Policy
Faculty, Institute for Child Health Policy

Phone: (352) 294-5971
djlemas@ufl.edu

Clinical and Translational Research Building
2004 Mowry Road, Suite 2234
PO Box 100177
Gainesville, FL 32610-0177


Education

  • Ph.D., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • B.S., Biology, University of Vermont

Professional Biography

Dominick Lemas is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy at the University of Florida. Dr. Lemas received his bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Vermont in 2006 and completed his doctorate in biochemistry & molecular biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2012. His research is devoted to understanding the fetal origins of pediatric obesity with a specific interest in the functional implications of gut microflora and the critical host-microbe interactions that regulate maternal-infant metabolism.

Dominick Lemas CV

Expertise

  • Pediatric obesity
  • Child-maternal health
  • Molecular epidemiology
  • Computational biology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Metagenomics

Recent News

Publications

  • Aslibekyan S, Vaughan LK, Wiener HW, Hidalgo BA, Lemas DJ, O’Brien DM, Hopkins SE, Stanhope KL, Havel PJ, Thummel KE, Boyer BB, Tiwari HK. Linkage and association analysis of circulating vitamin D and parathyroid hormone identifies novel loci in Alaska Native Yup’ik people. Genes & Nutrition. 2016. PMID 27579147
  • Lemas DJ, Klimentidis YC, Aslibekyan S, Wiener HW, O’Brien DM, Hopkins SE, Stanhope KL, Havel PJ, Allison DB, Fernandez JR, Tiwari HK, Boyer BB. Polymorphisms in stearoyl CoA desaturase and sterol regulatory element binding protein interact with n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid intake and modify genetic associations with obesity-related anthropometric and metabolic phenotypes in Yup’ik people. Molecular Nutrition and Food Research. 2016. PMID 27467133
  • Lemas DJ, Yee Shanique, Cacho N, Miller D, Cardel M, Gurka M, Janicke D, Shenkman E. Exploring the contribution of maternal antibiotics and breastfeeding to the development of the infant microbiome and pediatric obesity. Seminars in Fetal and Neonatal Medicine. 2016. PMID 27424917
  • Lemas DJ, Young BE, Baker PR, Tomczik A, Soderborg T, Hernandez T, De la Houssaye B, Robertson CE, Rudolph M, Ir D, Patinkin Z, Krebs NJ, Santorico SA, Weir T, Barbour LA, Frank DN, Friedman JE. Alterations in human milk leptin and insulin are associated with early changes in the infant intestinal microbiome. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2016. 103(3):1291-1300. PMID 27140533
  • Lemas DJ, Lekkas P, Ballif BA, Vigoreaux JO. Intrinsic disorder and multiple phosphorylations constrain the evolution of the flightin N-terminal region. Journal of Proteomics. 2016. 135:191-200. PMID 26691840
  • Cardel M, Lemas DJ, Jackson KH, Friedman JE, Fernandez JR. Higher Intake of PUFAs Is Associated with Lower Total and Visceral Adiposity and Higher Lean Mass in a Racially Diverse Sample of Children. Journal of Nutrition. 2015. 145(9):2146-2152. PMID: 26269238
  • Vaughn LK, Wiener HW, Aslibekyan S, Allison DB, Havel PJ, Stanhope KL, O’Brien DM, Hopkins SE, Lemas DJ, Boyer BB, Tiwari HK. Linkage and association analysis of obesity traits reveals novel loci and interactions with dietary n-3 fatty acids in an Alaska Native (Yup’ik) population. Metabolism. 2015. 64(6):689-697. PMID:25772781
  • Klimentidis YC, Lemas DJ, Wiener HW, O’Brien DM, Hopkins S, Allison DB, Fernandez JR, Tiwari HK, Boyer BB. CDKAL1 and HHEX are associated with type-2 diabetes-related traits among Yup’ik people. Journal of Diabetes. 2014. 6(3):251-259. PMID: 24112421
  • Aslibekyan S, Vaughn LK, Wiener HW, Lemas DJ, Klimentidis YC, Havel PJ, Stanhope KL, O’Brien DM, Boyer BB, Tiwari HK. Evidence for novel genetic loci associated with metabolic traits in Yup’ik people. American Journal for Human Biology. 2013. 25(5):673-680. PMID: 23907821
  • Lemas DJ, Klimentidis YC, Wiener HW, O’Brien DM, Hopkins S, Allison DB, Fernandez JR, Tiwari HK, Boyer BB. Obesity polymorphisms identified in genome-wide association studies interact with n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and modify genetic associations with adiposity phenotypes in Yup’ik people. Genes & Nutrition. 2013. 8(5):495-505. PMID: 23526194
  •  Lemas DJ, Wiener HW, O’Brien DM, Hopkins S, Stanhope KL, Havel PJ, et al. Genetic polymorphisms in carnitine palmitoyltransferase 1A gene are associated with variation in body composition and fasting lipid traits in Yup’ik Eskimos. Journal of Lipid Research. 2012. 53(1):175–184. PMID: 22045927

Grants

  • 2016-2017 UF/Clinical and Translational Research Institute Pilot Grant (Co-Investigator)
  • 2015-2017 Texas Health and Human Services Commission (Co-Investigator)
  • 2016-2018 NIH/NIDDK Renewal Loan Repayment Program (Principal Investigator)