U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Padma Maruvada

 Contact Info

Tel: 301-594-8884
Email: maruvadp@mail.nih.gov

 Select Experience

  • Health Scientist Administrator and Program DirectorDRI, NCRR, NIH2007-2011
  • Health Scientist Administrator and Program DirectorDCP, NCI, NIH2003-2007
  • Research FellowMCEB, NIDDK, NIH1997-2003
  • Postdoctoral FellowThe University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston1994-1997
  • Ph.D.Osmania University, India1994

Padma Maruvada, Ph.D.

Program Director, Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition

Current Responsibilities & Activities

As the director of Nutrient Metabolism program, I manage a grants portfolio that investigates the role of nutrients on various biological processes at the whole body, tissue and cellular level, and how various nutrient transporters and their function impact nutrient absorption in the gastrointestinal tract. I serve as the director of the Clinical Obesity and Nutrition program that supports clinical studies focused on the impact of nutrients and dietary components, on nutritional deficiency conditions and nutritional status, and research projects that explore parenteral and enteral nutritional needs of the critical care patients, and individuals with gastrointestinal diseases. This program also supports obesity related grants that investigate how the dietary interventions such as reduced food intake, altered in diet composition and dietary patterns impact appetite regulation, satiety and related hormonal excursion, gastric peptides, energy expenditure, energy balance, body weight and obesity. In addition, this program supports grants that study the impact of physical activity, and bariatric surgical approaches on weight gain, adiposity, and obesity.

I also manage a grants portfolio that employs omics approaches for nutrition research, and focus on the impact of dietary interventions on intestinal physiology (transporters), barrier function, nutrient sensing in the gut and transmission of signals to extra- intestinal organs and tissues, circadian changes that impact nutrient metabolism, interaction/competition between various nutrients and drugs. Also, relevant in this portfolio are projects that explore the discovery and development of biomarkers of nutrient intake, exposure, and status. Microbiome research in my portfolio focuses on the impact of dietary interventions on microbiome composition, gut physiology, barrier function, microbiome-gut-brain axis, identification of microbial metabolites, microbiome induced inflammation, impact of prebiotics and resistant starches, probiotics and secreted probiotic factors on microbial communities, and the influence of breast milk sugars and other bioactive components on microbial colonization and maturation, intestinal function and host metabolism, and other interventions that alter microbiota and impact energy metabolism, adiposity and body weight.

In addition, I am also involved trans-NIH Common Fund-supported programs. I serve as the program director for the Metabolomics program that focuses on increasing the national capacity for metabolomics methodologies for biomedical research. I managed Regional Comprehensive Metabolomics Research Cores and Data Repository and Coordination Center for this program. I also serve as the Program Director for the Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity program that supports the development of a molecular map of the molecules affected by physical activity in humans and animals, to investigate the role of exercise human health and disease. I manage Chemical Analysis Sites that are funded to perform the omics analysis of the bio-specimens collected in the MoTrPAC program.

​Research Programs

Clinical and Epidemiological Nutrition Research
The Clinical and Epidemiological Nutrition Research program supports clinical and epidemiological research in nutrition

Clinical, Behavioral, and Epidemiological Obesity Research
This program supports clinical, behavioral, and epidemiological research in obesity

Gastrointestinal Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
This program supports basic, clinical, and translational research on the gut microbiota, pathogenic organisms that reside in the gastrointestinal tract

Gastrointestinal Physiology, Development, and Epithelial Biology
This program supports basic, clinical, and translational research on GI development, diseases, and disorders

Metabolism, Energy Balance, and Obesity
This program supports research on metabolism, energy balance, and obesity

Current Committee Memberships

  • NIH Obesity Task ForceMember
  • NIH Nutrition Research Task ForceMember
  • NIH Office of Dietary SupplementsNIDDK Liaison
  • Common Fund Metabolomics ProgramMember and Program Director for Regional Comprehensive Metabolomics Cores
  • Common Fund Molecular Transducers of Physical ActivityMember and Program Director for Chemical Analysis Sites
  • Trans NIH Microbiome Working GroupMember
  • Nutrition Coordination CommitteeMember