Marcia Abbott, PhD
Assistant Professor, Health Sciences
Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences
Dr Marcia Abbott completed her doctoral work at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, CA in the Integrative and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Program. Dr Abbott’s research focused on the role of exercise and skeletal muscle contraction on fatty acid metabolism. Following graduation Dr Abbott joined the Sul Lab at the University of California (UC), Berkeley in the Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology, as a post doctoral fellow. While at UC Berkeley, she carried out studies aimed at examining to role of lipases in regulation of obesity and insulin secretion. Following her time as at UC Berkeley, Dr Abbott accepted a position as a Research Scholar in the Endocrine Research Unit, VA Medical Center, UC San Francisco. Her work at UCSF focused on the examination of potential regulators of mesenchymal stem cell commitment towards adipocyte lineages. In 2013, she joined the faculty in the Department of Kinesiology at San Francisco State University.
In 2014, Dr Abbott joined Chapman University in the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences as an Assistant Professor. She is pursuing studies aimed at examining the role of skeletal muscle and its relation to obesity. Overall, Dr Abbott hopes to contribute to the growing body of research aimed at preventing and/or treating obesity.
Molecular regulators of obesity and related metabolic disorders
Understanding the role of exercise in regulating secretion of hormones originating in the skeletal muscle (myokines)
Discovering novel activators of brown adipose tissue
American Physiological Society
The Obesity Society
The American College of Sports Medicine
Marco Bisoffi, PhD
Associate Professor Biological Sciences
Schmid College of Science and Technology
Dr. Marco Bisoffi joined Chapman University in September 2013 as an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Schmid College of Science and Technology, and as of June 1, 2014, will have a joint appointment with Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences at CUSP. He also recently joined the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of California at Irvine. He was an Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of New Mexico Health Science Center, with which he remains connected as an Adjunct Faculty. He received his Ph.D. (1995) in Biochemical and Molecular Parasitology at the Swiss Tropical Institute. Dr. Bisoffi's areas of research include molecular mechanisms of prostate cancer development and progression and natural product based experimental therapeutics. Dr. Bisoffi’s has authored 49 peer-reviewed articles, 2 book chapters, 1 patent, and many meeting abstracts.
Michael T. Griffin, PhD
Schmid College of Science and Technology
Dr. Griffin received his Ph.D. (1983) in Pharmacology from UC San Francisco and did postdoctoral research at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and at Yale University. In 1987, he joined the Division of Natural Science at Chapman University where he is now a tenured full Professor in the Crean School of Health and Life Sciences and Director of the B.S degree program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Dr. Griffin joined the Department of Pharmacology at UCI in 1993 where he does neurochemistry research, currently holding the rank of Researcher, Step V.
Lisa Sparks, PhD
Professor, Foster and Mary McGaw Endowed Professor in Behavioral Sciences, Director, Health and Strategic Communications Program
Department of Communication Studies
Dr. Lisa Sparks is Foster and Mary McGaw Endowed Professor in Behavioral Sciences at Chapman University in Orange, California where she serves as Head/Director of the Master of Science graduate program in Health and Strategic Communication in the Department of Communication Studies, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. As of June 1, 2014, she will have a joint appointment with Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences at CUSP. Dr. Sparks also serves as Full Member of the Chao Family/NCI Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of California, Irvine in the School of Medicine, Division of Population Sciences; and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Population Health and Disease Prevention, Program in Public Health. Prior to joining Chapman in 2006, Dr. Sparks occupied faculty positions at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and the University of Texas at San Antonio. She received her Ph.D. from University of Oklahoma in 1998. Dr. Sparks has published more than 100 research articles and scholarly book chapters, and is the author and editor of more than ten books in the areas of communication, health, and aging with a distinct focus on intersections of provider-patient interaction and family decision-making as related to cancer communication science. Dr. Sparks has served as Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-PI on a number of research grants. Dr. Sparks’ research goal is to understand and create evidence based health messages that effectively change health behavior resulting in better health outcomes by applying social science theory and methods to the continuum of cancer care surrounding issues of health promotion, disease prevention, survivorship, and health disparities.