Andrew Gordon Swick
1981 University of Florida-Gainesville BS, Animal Science
1982 University of Nebraska-Lincoln MS, Human Nutrition
1987 University of Wisconsin-Madison PhD, Nutritional Science
Obesity and associated metabolic disorders are a major heath concern, linked with a significant burden of morbidity and mortality. In order to maintain a healthy body weight, calorie consumption must be balanced with energy expenditure. Dr. Swick studies gut regulation of food intake and the control of energy expenditure working with humans, animal models and cell culture. Both food intake and energy expenditure vary depending on genetics and the environment. After food is consumed, it is first sensed by the digestive organs. Dr. Swick studies how the gut senses food and sends signals to control appetite and metabolism. More specifically he is interested in how lipid metabolism impacts the release of gut peptides involved in satiety. As an important element to his work, Dr. Swick studies energy expenditure and the effects of interventions such as, diet, functional foods, exercise and pharmaceuticals on energy metabolism and body weight. This work is centered on clinical studies using the metabolic chamber located in Kannapolis, where 24h energy expenditure can be measured in human subjects.