Leigh Greathouse, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S., R.D.

Leigh Greathouse, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S., R.D.
Assistant Professor in Human Sciences and Design
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Assistant Professor

Research Area

  • Gut Microbiome and Chronic Inflammation
  • Diet and Obesity
  • Colon Cancer
  • Host-microbiome communication

Website:  Greathouse Lab

Video: Leigh Greathouse Earns $485,000 DoD CAREER Award Grant for Gut Microbiome Research

Dr. Greathouse’s research interests include diet, inflammation, the gut microbiome, and colon cancer. Specifically, she is interested in diet and gut microbiome interactions that impact inflammation, obesity, and colon cancer treatment outcomes. As part of this research, she is focused on understanding the underlying mechanistic principals that govern host-microbiome communication and homeostasis. Dr. Greathouse applies machine learning algorithms, bioinformatic tools, and ecological statistical methodology to cohort studies and large datasets to identify biomarkers. She also uses molecular biology techniques to test these biomarkers for causative relationships. As a cancer biologist and dietitian, she collaborates with internal and external research teams to identify dietary and microbial factors that can be used to prevent disease and improve health outcomes related to chronic inflammation.

Current Courses Taught

  • NUTR 2351 Nutrition
  • NUTR 5354 Public Health Nutrition
  • NUTR 5355 Macronutrients and Metabolism
  • BIO 5409 Cancer Biology

Select Publications

  • Greathouse KL, Sinha R, Vogtmann E. DNA extraction for human microbiome studies: the issue of standardization. Genome Biol. 2019;20(1):212. Published 2019 Oct 21. doi:10.1186/s13059-019-1843-8
  • Greathouse KL, White JR, Padgett RN, et al. Gut microbiome meta-analysis reveals dysbiosis is independent of body mass index in predicting risk of obesity-associated CRC. BMJ Open Gastroenterol. 2019;6(1):e000247. Published 2019 Feb 28. doi:10.1136/bmjgast-2018-000247
  • Faucher MA, Greathouse KL, Hastings-Tolsma M, et al. Exploration of the Vaginal and Gut Microbiome in African American Women by Body Mass Index, Class of Obesity, and Gestational Weight Gain: A Pilot Study [published online ahead of print, 2019 Jun 26]. Am J Perinatol.
  • Greathouse KL, White JR, Vargas AJ, et al. Interaction between the microbiome and TP53 in human lung cancer. Genome Biol. 2018;19(1):123. Published 2018 Aug 24. doi:10.1186/s13059-018-1501-6
  • Morales E, Chen J, Greathouse KL. Compositional Analysis of the Human Microbiome in Cancer Research. Methods Mol Biol. 2019;1928:299–335. doi:10.1007/978-1-4939-9027-6_16

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Baylor University
Nutrition Sciences Division
Robbins College of Health & Human Sciences
One Bear Place #97343
Waco, TX 76798-7343

Office:  Mary Gibbs Jones
Phone:  254- 710 – 7619
Email:   Leigh_Greathouse@baylor.edu