TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionBaylor College of Medicine
DepartmentDepartment of Pediatrics
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    1R01HD111555     (Nancy Moran)May 1, 2023 - Apr 30, 2028
    Validation of biomarkers of infant and toddler carotenoid intake
    Role Description: PROJECT NARRATIVE Rapid, easy, and valid biomarkers of carotenoid, fruit, and vegetable intake are needed to monitor the association between infants and toddlers’ dietary intakes and health outcomes. The purpose of this project is to determine if a rapid, non-invasive measure of skin carotenoids can provide a valid estimate of carotenoid and fruit and vegetable intake in diverse American infants and toddlers, and if children’s carotenoid intake is associated with their visual function. Simple and valid measures to estimate infant and toddler fruit, vegetable and carotenoid intake will promote our understanding of children’s nutrition and health, and will help organizations to monitor children’s dietary intakes as needed to promote healthier dietary patterns.
    Role: Principal Investigator

    R01HD111555     (MORAN, NANCY E)May 1, 2023 - Apr 30, 2028
    Validation of biomarkers of infant and toddler carotenoid intake
    Role: Principal Investigator

    3R01DK126710-02S1     (TANG, MINGHUA)Feb 2, 2021 - Jan 31, 2026
    Dietary influence on infant growth and the gut microbiota
    Role: Co-Investigator

    R01HL142544     (PITTS, STEPHANIE BELL JILCOTT)Jun 1, 2019 - May 31, 2024
    Examining Validity and Sensitivity of Pressure-Mediated Reflection Spectroscopy as a measure of fruit and vegetable consumption in a diverse community
    Role: Co-Investigator

    3092-51000-061-000-D     (Nancy Moran)Mar 4, 2019 - Mar 3, 2024
    The Effect of Pregnancy and Lactation on Carotenoid Status and Bioactivity
    Role: Principal Investigator

    3092-51000-056-00D     (Nancy Moran)Oct 1, 2016 - Feb 28, 2019
    Genetic Interactions and Mechanisms Underlying Potential Anti-cancer Activity of Lycopene
    Role: Principal Investigator

    R00AT008576     (MORAN, NANCY E)Feb 1, 2015 - Nov 30, 2020
    Mechanisms of Carotenoid Transport and Interactions with Nutrient Absorption
    Role: Principal Investigator

    K99AT008576     (MORAN, NANCY E)Feb 1, 2015 - Jan 31, 2017
    Mechanisms of Carotenoid Transport and Interactions with Nutrient Absorption
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Juneja S, Chang J, Nguyen T, Castaneda R, O'Connor TM, Musaad S, Moran NE. The relative validity of nutrition assessment methods for estimating infant carotenoid intake differs by assessment tool, nutrient database, and milk carotenoid adjustment method. Nutr Res. 2024 Jun 13; 128:38-49. PMID: 39033693.
    2. Norman AC, Palmer DG, Moran NE, Roemmich JN, Casperson SL. Association of Candidate Single-Nucleotide Polymorphism Genotypes With Plasma and Skin Carotenoid Concentrations in Adults Provided a Lycopene-Rich Juice. J Nutr. 2024 Jul; 154(7):1985-1993. PMID: 38797482.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    3. Dzakovich MP, Goggans ML, Thomas-Ahner JM, Moran NE, Clinton SK, Francis DM, Cooperstone JL. Transcriptomics and Metabolomics Reveal Tomato Consumption Alters Hepatic Xenobiotic Metabolism and Induces Steroidal Alkaloid Metabolite Accumulation in Mice. Mol Nutr Food Res. 2024 Feb; 68(4):e2300239. PMID: 38212250.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    4. Jilcott Pitts SB, Moran NE, Wu Q, Harnack L, Craft NE, Hanchard N, Bell R, Moe SG, Johnson N, Obasohan J, Carr-Manthe PL, Laska MN. Corrigendum to 'Pressure-Mediated Reflection Spectroscopy Criterion Validity as a Biomarker of Fruit and Vegetable Intake: A 2-Site Cross-Sectional Study of 4 Racial or Ethnic Groups' [J Nutr 2022;152:107-116]. J Nutr. 2023 Nov; 153(11):3345. PMID: 37806321; PMCID: PMC11103166.
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    5. Crumbley C, Cepni AB, Taylor A, Thompson D, Moran NE, Olvera N, O'Connor DP, Johnston CA, Ledoux TA. Exploring Factors Associated With Accelerometer Validity Among Ethnically Diverse Toddlers. Pediatr Exerc Sci. 2024 May 01; 36(2):66-74. PMID: 37758263.
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    6. Jilcott Pitts SB, Wu Q, Moran NE, Laska MN, Harnack L. Examining Potential Modifiers of Human Skin and Plasma Carotenoid Responses in a Randomized Trial of a Carotenoid-Containing Juice Intervention. J Nutr. 2023 11; 153(11):3287-3294. PMID: 37742797; PMCID: PMC10687613.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    7. Moran NE, Wade J, Stroh R, Stoll B, Guthrie G, Hair AB, Burrin DG. Preterm Pigs Fed Donor Human Milk Have Greater Liver ?-Carotene Concentrations than Pigs Fed Infant Formula. J Nutr. 2023 11; 153(11):3185-3192. PMID: 37666415; PMCID: PMC10687614.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    8. Wan L, Thomas-Ahner JM, Pearl DK, Erdman JW, Moran NE, Clinton SK. Orchestration of miRNA Patterns by Testosterone and Dietary Tomato Carotenoids during Early Prostate Carcinogenesis in TRAMP Mice. J Nutr. 2023 07; 153(7):1877-1888. PMID: 37187350; PMCID: PMC10375503.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    9. Jilcott Pitts S, Moran NE, Laska MN, Wu Q, Harnack L, Moe S, Carr-Manthe P, Gates E, Chang J, Zaidi Y, Gelineau A, Berg L, Craft NE. Reflection Spectroscopy-Assessed Skin Carotenoids Are Sensitive to Change in Carotenoid Intake in a 6-Week Randomized Controlled Feeding Trial in a Racially/Ethnically Diverse Sample. J Nutr. 2023 04; 153(4):1133-1142. PMID: 36804322; PMCID: PMC10356992.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    10. Moran NE, Chang J, Stroh R, Zaidi Y, Hason N, Musaad S, O'Connor T. Noninvasive Reflection Spectroscopy Measurement of Skin Carotenoid Score in Infants Is Feasible and Reliable. J Nutr. 2023 01 14; 152(12):2966-2977. PMID: 35981784.
    11. Miyake CY, Lay EJ, Soler-Alfonso C, Glinton KE, Houck KM, Tosur M, Moran NE, Stephens SB, Scaglia F, Howard TS, Kim JJ, Pham TD, Valdes SO, Li N, Murali CN, Zhang L, Kava M, Yim D, Beach C, Webster G, Liberman L, Janson CM, Kannankeril PJ, Baxter S, Singer-Berk M, Wood J, Mackenzie SJ, Sacher M, Ghaloul-Gonzalez L, Pedroza C, Morris SA, Ehsan SA, Azamian MS, Lalani SR. Natural history of TANGO2 deficiency disorder: Baseline assessment of 73 patients. Genet Med. 2023 04; 25(4):100352. PMID: 36473599; PMCID: PMC10306319.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    12. Zaidi Y, Stroh R, Moran NE. Systematic review of carotenoid concentrations in human milk and infant blood. Nutr Rev. 2022 08 08; 80(9):2029-2050. PMID: 35389473.
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    13. Grainger EM, Webb MZ, Simpson CM, Chitchumroonchokchai C, Riedl K, Moran NE, Clinton SK. Assessment of dietary carotenoid intake and biologic measurement of exposure in humans. Methods Enzymol. 2022; 674:255-295. PMID: 36008009.
    14. Moran NE, Thomas-Ahner JM, Wan L, Zuniga KE, Erdman JW, Clinton SK. Tomatoes, Lycopene, and Prostate Cancer: What Have We Learned from Experimental Models? J Nutr. 2022 06 09; 152(6):1381-1403. PMID: 35278075; PMCID: PMC9178968.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    15. Moran NE, Thomas-Ahner JM, Smith JW, Silva C, Hason NA, Erdman JW, Clinton SK. ?-Carotene Oxygenase 2 Genotype Modulates the Impact of Dietary Lycopene on Gene Expression during Early TRAMP Prostate Carcinogenesis. J Nutr. 2022 04 01; 152(4):950-960. PMID: 34964896; PMCID: PMC8971008.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Animals
    16. Chumpitazi CE, Camp EA, Cuevas-Guaman M, Doughty C, Kancherla B, Lingappan K, Moran NE, Murray KO, Perez O, Shekerdemian LS, O'Connor TM. Vision 2020: How Caregiving and Work Productivity Outlook Shifted for Academic Pediatric Faculty. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2022 05; 31(5):631-639. PMID: 35167379.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    17. Jilcott Pitts SB, Moran NE, Wu Q, Harnack L, Craft NE, Hanchard N, Bell R, Moe SG, Johnson N, Obasohan J, Carr-Manthe PL, Laska MN. Pressure-Mediated Reflection Spectroscopy Criterion Validity as a Biomarker of Fruit and Vegetable Intake: A 2-Site Cross-Sectional Study of 4 Racial or Ethnic Groups. J Nutr. 2022 01 11; 152(1):107-116. PMID: 34562088; PMCID: PMC8754514.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    18. Radtke MD, Poe M, Stookey J, Jilcott Pitts S, Moran NE, Landry MJ, Rubin LP, Stage VC, Scherr RE. Recommendations for the Use of the Veggie Meter? for Spectroscopy-Based Skin Carotenoid Measurements in the Research Setting. Curr Dev Nutr. 2021 Aug; 5(8):nzab104. PMID: 34476333; PMCID: PMC8405124.
      Citations: 1     
    19. Cepni AB, Taylor A, Crumbley C, Thompson D, Moran NE, Olvera N, O'Connor DP, Arlinghaus KR, Johnston CA, Ledoux TA. Feasibility and Efficacy of the "FUNPALs Playgroup" Intervention to Improve Toddler Dietary and Activity Behaviors: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 07 23; 18(15). PMID: 34360118; PMCID: PMC8345510.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    20. Cepni AB, Taylor A, Thompson D, Moran NE, Olvera N, O'Connor DP, Johnston CA, Ledoux TA. Exploring qualities of ethnically diverse parents related to the healthy home environment of toddlers. Appetite. 2021 12 01; 167:105608. PMID: 34302899.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    21. Ross AC, Moran NE. Our Current Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin A-Now 20 Years Old. Curr Dev Nutr. 2020 Oct; 4(10):nzaa096. PMID: 32999953; PMCID: PMC7513583.
      Citations: 4     
    22. Raber M, Basen-Engquist K, Moran NE, Chandra J. The Healthy Cooking Index does not Predict the Carotenoid Content of Home-Cooked Meals. Nutrients. 2020 Feb 19; 12(2). PMID: 32092844; PMCID: PMC7071392.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    23. Moran NE, Thomas-Ahner JM, Fleming JL, McElroy JP, Mehl R, Grainger EM, Riedl KM, Toland AE, Schwartz SJ, Clinton SK. Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms in ?-Carotene Oxygenase 1 are Associated with Plasma Lycopene Responses to a Tomato-Soy Juice Intervention in Men with Prostate Cancer. J Nutr. 2019 03 01; 149(3):381-397. PMID: 30801647; PMCID: PMC6398392.
      Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    24. Grainger EM, Moran NE, Francis DM, Schwartz SJ, Wan L, Thomas-Ahner J, Kopec RE, Riedl KM, Young GS, Abaza R, Bahnson RR, Clinton SK. A Novel Tomato-Soy Juice Induces a Dose-Response Increase in Urinary and Plasma Phytochemical Biomarkers in Men with Prostate Cancer. J Nutr. 2019 01 01; 149(1):26-35. PMID: 30476157; PMCID: PMC6351139.
      Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    25. Zuniga KE, Moran NE. Low Serum Carotenoids Are Associated with Self-Reported Cognitive Dysfunction and Inflammatory Markers in Breast Cancer Survivors. Nutrients. 2018 Aug 17; 10(8). PMID: 30126098; PMCID: PMC6116006.
      Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    26. Moran NE, Mohn ES, Hason N, Erdman JW, Johnson EJ. Intrinsic and Extrinsic Factors Impacting Absorption, Metabolism, and Health Effects of Dietary Carotenoids. Adv Nutr. 2018 07 01; 9(4):465-492. PMID: 30032230; PMCID: PMC6054194.
      Citations: 49     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    27. Cichon MJ, Moran NE, Riedl KM, Schwartz SJ, Clinton SK. Identification of an Epoxide Metabolite of Lycopene in Human Plasma Using 13C-Labeling and QTOF-MS. Metabolites. 2018 Mar 20; 8(1). PMID: 29558381; PMCID: PMC5876013.
      Citations: 2     
    28. Jilcott Pitts SB, Jahns L, Wu Q, Moran NE, Bell RA, Truesdale KP, Laska MN. A non-invasive assessment of skin carotenoid status through reflection spectroscopy is a feasible, reliable and potentially valid measure of fruit and vegetable consumption in a diverse community sample. Public Health Nutr. 2018 06; 21(9):1664-1670. PMID: 29455692; PMCID: PMC6200334.
      Citations: 27     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    29. Moran NE, Johnson EJ. Closer to clarity on the effect of lipid consumption on fat-soluble vitamin and carotenoid absorption: do we need to close in further? Am J Clin Nutr. 2017 10; 106(4):969-970. PMID: 28903956; PMCID: PMC5611788.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    30. Tan HL, Thomas-Ahner JM, Moran NE, Cooperstone JL, Erdman JW, Young GS, Clinton SK. ?-Carotene 9',10' Oxygenase Modulates the Anticancer Activity of Dietary Tomato or Lycopene on Prostate Carcinogenesis in the TRAMP Model. Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2017 Feb; 10(2):161-169. PMID: 27807077; PMCID: PMC5292057.
      Citations: 20     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    31. Smith JW, Ford NA, Thomas-Ahner JM, Moran NE, Bolton EC, Wallig MA, Clinton SK, Erdman JW. Mice lacking ?-carotene-15,15'-dioxygenase exhibit reduced serum testosterone, prostatic androgen receptor signaling, and prostatic cellular proliferation. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2016 12 01; 311(6):R1135-R1148. PMID: 27629887; PMCID: PMC5256971.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    32. Moran NE, Novotny JA, Cichon MJ, Riedl KM, Rogers RB, Grainger EM, Schwartz SJ, Erdman JW, Clinton SK. Absorption and Distribution Kinetics of the 13C-Labeled Tomato Carotenoid Phytoene in Healthy Adults. J Nutr. 2016 Feb; 146(2):368-76. PMID: 26674763; PMCID: PMC4725433.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCTClinical Trials
    33. Moran NE, Cichon MJ, Riedl KM, Grainger EM, Schwartz SJ, Novotny JA, Erdman JW, Clinton SK. Compartmental and noncompartmental modeling of ??C-lycopene absorption, isomerization, and distribution kinetics in healthy adults. Am J Clin Nutr. 2015 Dec; 102(6):1436-49. PMID: 26561629; PMCID: PMC4658456.
      Citations: 20     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsPHPublic Health
    34. Grainger EM, Hadley CW, Moran NE, Riedl KM, Gong MC, Pohar K, Schwartz SJ, Clinton SK. A comparison of plasma and prostate lycopene in response to typical servings of tomato soup, sauce or juice in men before prostatectomy. Br J Nutr. 2015 Aug 28; 114(4):596-607. PMID: 26202168; PMCID: PMC7224633.
      Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    35. Wan L, Tan HL, Thomas-Ahner JM, Pearl DK, Erdman JW, Moran NE, Clinton SK. Dietary tomato and lycopene impact androgen signaling- and carcinogenesis-related gene expression during early TRAMP prostate carcinogenesis. Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2014 Dec; 7(12):1228-39. PMID: 25315431; PMCID: PMC4259248.
      Citations: 25     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    36. Tan HL, Moran NE, Cichon MJ, Riedl KM, Schwartz SJ, Erdman JW, Pearl DK, Thomas-Ahner JM, Clinton SK. ?-Carotene-9',10'-oxygenase status modulates the impact of dietary tomato and lycopene on hepatic nuclear receptor-, stress-, and metabolism-related gene expression in mice. J Nutr. 2014 Apr; 144(4):431-9. PMID: 24553694; PMCID: PMC3952621.
      Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    37. Moran NE, Clinton SK, Erdman JW. Differential bioavailability, clearance, and tissue distribution of the acyclic tomato carotenoids lycopene and phytoene in mongolian gerbils. J Nutr. 2013 Dec; 143(12):1920-6. PMID: 24108134; PMCID: PMC3827638.
      Citations: 15     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    38. Moran NE, Erdman JW, Clinton SK. Complex interactions between dietary and genetic factors impact lycopene metabolism and distribution. Arch Biochem Biophys. 2013 Nov 15; 539(2):171-80. PMID: 23845854; PMCID: PMC3818361.
      Citations: 34     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    39. Moran NE, Rogers RB, Lu CH, Conlon LE, Lila MA, Clinton SK, Erdman JW. Biosynthesis of highly enriched 13C-lycopene for human metabolic studies using repeated batch tomato cell culturing with 13C-glucose. Food Chem. 2013 Aug 15; 139(1-4):631-9. PMID: 23561155; PMCID: PMC3621112.
      Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    40. Conlon LE, King RD, Moran NE, Erdman JW. Coconut oil enhances tomato carotenoid tissue accumulation compared to safflower oil in the Mongolian gerbil ( Meriones unguiculatus ). J Agric Food Chem. 2012 Aug 29; 60(34):8386-94. PMID: 22866697.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    41. Ford NA, Moran NE, Smith JW, Clinton SK, Erdman JW. An interaction between carotene-15,15'-monooxygenase expression and consumption of a tomato or lycopene-containing diet impacts serum and testicular testosterone. Int J Cancer. 2012 Jul 15; 131(2):E143-8. PMID: 21935922; PMCID: PMC3258387.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    42. Lu CH, Choi JH, Engelmann Moran N, Jin YS, Erdman JW. Laboratory-scale production of 13C-labeled lycopene and phytoene by bioengineered Escherichia coli. J Agric Food Chem. 2011 Sep 28; 59(18):9996-10005. PMID: 21888370; PMCID: PMC3178727.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    43. Engelmann NJ, Clinton SK, Erdman JW. Nutritional aspects of phytoene and phytofluene, carotenoid precursors to lycopene. Adv Nutr. 2011 Jan; 2(1):51-61. PMID: 22211189; PMCID: PMC3042793.
      Citations: 31     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    44. Engelmann NJ, Campbell JK, Rogers RB, Rupassara SI, Garlick PJ, Lila MA, Erdman JW. Screening and selection of high carotenoid producing in vitro tomato cell culture lines for [13C]-carotenoid production. J Agric Food Chem. 2010 Sep 22; 58(18):9979-87. PMID: 20731353; PMCID: PMC3172872.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    45. Engelmann NJ, Rogers RB, Lila MA, Erdman JW. Herbicide treatments alter carotenoid profiles for 14C tracer production from tomato ( Solanum lycopersicum cv. VFNT cherry) cell cultures. J Agric Food Chem. 2009 Jun 10; 57(11):4614-9. PMID: 19489618; PMCID: PMC2748831.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    46. Engelmann NJ, Reppert A, Yousef G, Rogers RB, Lila MA. In Vitro Production of Radiolabeled Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) Isoflavones. Plant Cell Tissue Organ Cult. 2009 May 26; 98(2):147-156. PMID: 19672329; PMCID: PMC2724018.
      Citations: 6     
    47. Lu CH, Engelmann NJ, Lila MA, Erdman JW. Optimization of lycopene extraction from tomato cell suspension culture by response surface methodology. J Agric Food Chem. 2008 Sep 10; 56(17):7710-4. PMID: 18690693; PMCID: PMC2614352.
      Citations: 18     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    48. Campbell JK, Engelmann NJ, Lila MA, Erdman JW. Phytoene, Phytofluene, and Lycopene from Tomato Powder Differentially Accumulate in Tissues of Male Fisher 344 Rats. Nutr Res. 2007 Dec; 27(12):794-801. PMID: 19050742; PMCID: PMC2330325.
      Citations: 17     Fields:    
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