Latha Ramalingam

Assistant Professor

Latha Ramalingam joins the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies in Falk College as Assistant Professor in Fall 2020. She works broadly in areas of metabolic disease, which include obesity and diabetes. Prior to joining Syracuse University, Ramalingam was a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Texas Tech University since 2014. Previously, she served at Indiana University’s School of Medicine as a Postdoctoral Fellow and a Research Assistant. Ramalingam’s research interests include strategies, both in vitro and in vivo, to investigate the effects of Bioactives (omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin D) in maternal obesity using animal models. She also has projects investigating the mechanism behind the role of Renin Angiotensin System (RAS) in beta cells. She has published in several journals, including Scientific Reports, Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, Nutrients, and Diabetes. She has presented her work at the American Society of Nutrition, American Heart Association and Obesity Society. She is the recipient of several awards, including Early Career Travel Award for International Congress of Nutrition, Argentina 2017, and 2016 IJO Young Investigator Award, 13th International Congress of Obesity, Vancouver, Canada, and the Early Career Grant Challenge from Obesity Society among other awards. Currently, she serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, International Journal of Diabetes, and Obesity and Nutritional Disorders. Ramalingam earned her Ph.D. at the Indiana University’s School of Medicine, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, in 2014. She also holds a M.Tech from Vellore Institute of Technology’s School of Biotechnology in Vellore, India and a B.Pharm from Sri Ramachandra Medical College’s School of Pharmacy in Chennai.


Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Indiana University, School of Medicine, 2014

M.Tech, Vellore Institute of Technology’s School of Biotechnology, 2007

B.Pharm, School of Pharmacy, Sri Ramachandra Medical College, 2005


Nutrition, disease, and metabolism.

Research Focus

Latha’s research interests include strategies, both in vitro and in vivo, to investigate the effects of Bioactives (omega-3 fatty acids) in maternal obesity, role of the Renin Angiotensin System (RAS) in beta cells, and the interactions between adipocytes and beta cells and their influence on diabetes and obesity.

Recent Publications

  • Kumar N, Willis A, Satbhai K, Ramalingam L, Schmitt C, Moustaïd-Moussa N, Crago J. Developmental Toxicity in Embryo-Larval Zebrafish (Danio rerio) Exposed to Strobilurin Fungicides (Azoxystrobin and Pyraclostrobin). Environmental Science and Technology (in press).
  • Albracht, K., Rosairo, S., Ramalingam, L., Wijetunge, s., Ratnayake, R.M.C.J, Kotakadeniya, H.M.S.R.B, Dawson, J., Kalupahana, N., Moustaid-Moussa, N. Metabolic Changes Underlying Interactions Between Obesity and Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in South Asian Females. Diabetes, Metabolic syndrome and obesity (in press).
  • Ramalho T, Ramalingam L, Filgueiras L, Festuccia W, Jancar S, Moustaid-Moussa Naima. LeukotrieneB4 modulates macrophage metabolism and fat loss in type 1 diabetic mice. J Leukoc Biol. 2019 Sep;106(3):665-675. doi: 10.1002/JLB.MA1218-477RR. Epub 2019 Jun.
  • Kumar N, Willis A, Satbhai K, Ramalingam L, Schmitt C, Moustaïd-Moussa N, Crago J. Comparative Lipid Peroxidation and Apoptosis in Embryo-Larval Zebrafish Exposed to Three Azole Fungicides, Tebuconazole, Propiconazole, and Myclobutanil, at Environmentally Relevant Concentrations. Environ Toxicol Chem. 38(7):1455-1466, 2019.
  • Menikdiwela K, Ramalingam L, Allen L, Scoggin S, Kalupahana N, and Moustaid-Moussa N. Mechanisms Linking Adipocyte Renin Angiotensin System, Inflammation and Endoplasmic Reticulum (ER) Stress. Sci Rep. 9 (1):8481, pages 1-14; 2019.
  • Chung E, Campise SN, Joiner HE, Tomison MD, Kaur G, Dufour JM, Cole L, Ramalingam L, MoustaidMoussa N, Shen CL. Effect of annatto-extracted tocotrienols and green tea polyphenols on glucose homeostasis and skeletal muscle metabolism in obese male mice. J Nutr Biochem. 2019 May;67:36-43.
  • Pahlavani, M, Ramalingam, L, Scoggin, S, Kalupahana, N.S, Festuccia, W.T, Moustaid-Moussa N. Eicosapentaenoic acid reduces adiposity and glucose intolerance, and increases oxygen consumption, in part via pgc-1α, and independently of UCP1. Mol Nutr Food Res. 2019 Apr;63(7): e1800821.
  • Albracht-Schulte K, Gonzalez S, Jackson A, Wilson S, Ramalingam L, Kalupahana NS, MoustaidMoussa N Eicosapentaenoic Acid Improves Hepatic Metabolism and Reduces Inflammation Independent of Obesity in High-Fat-Fed Mice and in HepG2 Cells. Nutrients. 2019 Mar 12;11(3).
  • Wijetunge, s., Ratnayake, R.M.C.J, Kotakadeniya, H.M.S.R.B, Rosairo, S., Albracht, K., Ramalingam, L., Moustaid-Moussa, N., Kalupahana, N. Serum resistin and visceral adipocyte hypertrophy are associated with dysglycemia in South Asian women. Nutr Diabetes. 2019 Feb 18;9(1):5.