Academic Faculty

Chris Melby, Dr. P.H.

Chris Melby, Dr. P.H.

Professor

226 Gifford Building | (970) 491-6736 | chris.melby@colostate.edu


Personal Statement:

I have a long-standing research focus on the interplay between dietary eating patterns and exercise/physical activity in regard to energy metabolism and the untoward sequelae of positive energy balance. After receiving tenure at Purdue University I was given the responsibility of directing the Health and Human Performance Laboratory, where my primary focus was on the role of a plant-based diet and exercise as factors to lower risk for hypertension in African-Americans. After relocating to Colorado State University I continued this line of research and eventually began to studies designed to lower risk for dyslipidemia and type 2 diabetes in Mexican American adults. I have been department head of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Colorado State University for over 10 years, and in 2013 I will step aside from a myriad of administrative responsibilities in order to increase my research activity. Some of my recent work has examined the role of acute exercise on appetite regulation, with the goal of better understanding how to help improve long-term maintenance of lost body weight. In this proposal I will investigate the effect of high versus low levels of physical activity following weight loss on metabolic characteristics (RMR, circulating appetite hormones, SNS activity and support of RMR), ratings of hunger and satiety, and energy and macronutrient intake.


Education:

  • 1982 Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.) in Health Science/Preventive Health Care (Emphases: Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, Epidemiology), Loma Linda University, School of Public Health, 1982. Research: Dietary calcium and pre-eclampsia.
  • 1982 Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) in Nutrition, Loma Linda University.
  • 1976 Master of Arts (M.A.) in Health Education, University of Northern Colorado.
  • 1973 Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Health and Physical Education, Colorado State University.

Positions And Honors:

Positions:
  • 1975-76 Science Teacher, Highland School District, Ault, CO
  • 1977-79 Science Teacher, International School, Tehran, IRAN
  • 1979-1982 National Health Service Public Health Trainee
  • 1980 Summer Clinical Health Educator, Indian Health Service, CO
  • 1981 Summer Supervisor, Physical Fitness Laboratory, Loma Linda University
  • 1982-88 Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Kinesiology, Purdue University
  • 1988-90 Tenured Associate Professor, Director of Health and Human Performance Laboratory, Department of Health and Kinesiology, Purdue U.
  • 1990-2000 Associate Professor, Nutrition & Metabolic Fitness Laboratory, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, CSU
  • 1997-present Graduate Faculty Member, Department of Integrative Physiology, University of Colorado- Boulder
  • 2000-present Professor, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Colorado State University
  • 2002-present Department Head, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, CSU
  • 2006-present Adjunct Professor, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Department of Pediatrics, Human Nutrition Center
  • 2008-present Professor, Colorado School of Public Health
Honors:
  • 2002,09,11 Excellence in Education Award, Colorado State University
  • 1992-present Editorial Board: Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer NIH Study Section: Alternative Med-Diet & Ex USDA Competitive Grants Program
  • AD Hoc Reviewer Am J Physiol, J Appl Physiol, J Clin Endocrin Metab, Am J Clin Nutr, Diabetes Care, Metabolism, Med Sc Sport Exerc, Int J Obesity, Int J Sports Medicine, Obesity Research, Eur J Appl Physiol, J Am Coll Nutr, Annals of Human Biology

Selected Refereed Publications:

* Indicates graduate students for whom I served as primary mentor:

  • *Foright RM, *Paris HLR, *Werth KA, *Larson LC, Beals JW, *Wilburn JR, Davis JL, Bell C, Melby CL: Decreasing the biologic drive toward weight regain following diet-induced weight loss by increasing energy flux. FASEB J., Presented at Experimental Biology, April 2014, San Diego, CA.
  • **Deemer SE, Ben-Ezra V, Hickey MS, King GA, Melby CL: (2014, February) Effect of Omega-3 Fatty Acids on Lipoprotein Profile and Particle Size in Hispanic Women. International Journal of Exercise Science 2014. Presented at the Texas Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine. Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX.
  • **Deemer SE, King GA, Hickey MS, Melby CL: Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation does not alter insulin sensitivity or serum adiponectin in non-diabetic Hispanic women. FASEB Journal 2013. Presented at Experimental Biology 2013, Boston, MA
  • Deemer SE, King GA, Hickey MS, Melby CL: High molecular weight adiponectin and fasting blood glucose are predictive of insulin sensitivity in healthy, non-diabetic Hispanic women. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 2013. American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, 2013.
  • *Sevits KJ, Melanson EL, Swibas T, Binss SE, Klochak AL, Lonac MC, Peltonen GL, Scalzo RL, Schweder MM, Smith AM, Wood LM, Melby CL, Bell C: Total Daily Energy Expenditure Is Increased Following a Single Bout of Sprint Interval Training. Physiological Reports. 2013 Oct;1(5):1-9; e00131. doi: 10.1002/phy2.131.
  • *Freed C, *Fawcett S, *Weber-Dewitt D, Melby CL: Effect of novel portion control approach to weight loss. FASEB Journal 2012. Presented at Experimental Biology 2012, San Diego, CA.
  • *Schmidt SL, Hickey MS, Koblenz KM, *Klamer H, *Botero MF, *Pfaffenbach K, Pagliassotti MJ, Melby CL: Cardiometabolic plasticity in response to a short-term diet and exercise intervention in young Hispanic and nonHispanic white adults. PLoS One; 6(2): e16987. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0016987, 2011
  • *Smith W, *Warro D, *Krause M, Hickey MS, Melby CL: Effect of Low Intensity Exercise with Energy Replacement on the Plasma Triglyceride Response to a High Fat Meal. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 43(5):S562, June 2011. Presented at the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Denver, 2011
  • *Cianciulli, M, Ballard TP, *Camus H, *Pitts J, Hickey MS, Melby CL: Effect of Carbohydrate Consumption During Resistance Exercise on Circulating Insulin, IGF-1, and Cortisol. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 43(5):S408, June 2011. Presented at the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Denver, 2011.
  • Jordan LY, Melanson EL, Melby CL, Hickey MS, Miller BF: Nitrogen Balance in Older Individuals in Energy Balance Depends on Timing of Protein Intake Leora Y. Jordan; Edward L. Melanson; Christopher L. Melby; Matthew S. Hickey; Benjamin F. Miller The Journals of Gerontology: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences 2010; doi: 10.1093/gerona/glq123
  • Melby CL, Schmidt S, Hickey MS: Alimnetos Funcionais, Resistencia a Insulina e Diabetes Melito (Functional Foods, Insulin Resistance, and Diabetes). In Nueza Brunoro Costa and Carla Barbosa Rosa (eds.) Alimentos Funcionais: Componentes bioativos E Efeitos Fisiologicos, chapter 24, pps. 389-406, Rio De Janeiro, Editora Rubio, 2010 (Portuguese).

Book Chapters:

  • Melby CL: Energy Balance. In Rosenbloom CA and Coleman EJ (eds.) Sports Nutrition, chapter 10, pps.211-229, 2012, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Melby CL, Schmidt S, Hickey MS: Alimentos Funcionais, Resistencia a Insulina e Diabetes Melito (Functional Foods, Insulin Resistance, and Diabetes). In Nueza Brunoro Costa and Carla Barbosa Rosa (eds.) Alimentos Funcionais: Componentes Bioativos Efeitos Fisiologicos, chapter 24, pps. 389-406, Rio De Janeiro, Editora Rubio, 2010 (Portuguese).

Active Grants Support:

  • Miller B. (PI) Hamilton K. (PI) Melby CL (Co-PI): Activation of Nrf2 by CLA in milk to decrease the anabolic resistance of aging. Dairy Research Institute. $180,000 total 2 years. (2013-2015)
  • Shomaker (PI) Melby CL (Co-PI): Evaluation of a Mindfulness Group in Adolescents At-Risk for Obesity. Agricultural Experiment Station. $59,808. (2014-2016)
  • Bell C (PI), Melby CL (Co-I): Farxiga promotes favorable health benefits that are independent of weight loss in overweight/obese adults. AstraZeneca. Approved for funding. $543,473 total costs for 2 years (Dates Pending)