Chad Michael Paton, Ph.D.

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Foods and Nutrition

Assistant Professor

205 Food Science Bldg
Athens, GA 30602


workOffice Phone: 706-542-3750

Current Classes

FDST 4070/6070 - Nutritional Quality of Foods and the Effect of Technology

FDST/FDNS 8150- Food and Nutritional Biochemistry


Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Postdoc University of Wisconsin-Madison 2010
Postdoc Blood Research Institute 2007
PhD University of Maryland-College Park 2005
BS/MS Michigan State University 2000/2002


My research is focused on the role of functional foods and nutritional factors that regulate metabolic activity. We are actively investigating compounds that act as ligands for DNA-binding transcription factors to alter epigenetic regulation of metabolism. We use molecular biology and biochemistry to understand how macronutrient metabolism is regulated in cell and animal models. For more information, visit the Epigenetic and Molecular Models of Metabolism Laboratory.

Current Research

1. PUFA-mediated PPARδ activation and its impact on metabolic function.

2. Epigenetic alterations of metabolic pathways though active DNA demethylation.

3. Adaptation of the small intestine to high-fat diets and its impact on satiety hormone production.

Prior Professional Positions

Organization / Department Title Years of Service
Texas Tech University Assistant Professor 2011-2015

Journal Articles

1. Stevenson JL, Miller MK, Skillman HE, Paton CM, Cooper JA. A 7-day PUFA-rich diet improves postprandial macronutrient oxidation following saturated fat-rich meals: a randomized trial. Eur. J. Nutr. Epub 2016 May.

2. Krishnan S, Steffen L, Paton CM, Cooper JA. Impact of dietary fat composition on onset of Impaired Fasting Glucose – a 9-year follow up study. In Review. European Journal of Nutrition.

3. Stamatikos AD, da Silva RP, Lewis JT, Douglas DN, Kneteman NM, Jacobs RL, and Paton CM. Tissue specific effects of dietary carbohydrates and obesity on ChREBPα and ChREBPβ expression. Lipids. 2016 Jan;51(1):95-104.

4. Kang M, Vaughan RA, Paton CM. Fibrin degradation fragment-E induces adipocyte inflammation and suppresses insulin-stimulated glucose disposal in vitro. Am J Physiol Cell Physiol. 2015 Dec 1;309(11):C767-74.

5. Vaughan RA, Garrison RL, Stamatikos AD, Kang M, Cooper JA, and Paton CM. A high linoleic acid diet does not induce inflammation in mouse liver or adipose tissue. Lipids 2015 Nov;50(11):1115-22.

6. Chang H, Kozimor AL, Paton CM, and Cooper JA. Acute effect of dietary fatty acid composition on postprandial metabolism in women. Exp Physiol. 2014 Sep;99(9):1182-90.

7. Stamatikos AD & Paton CM. Role of stearoyl-CoA desaturase-1 in skeletal muscle function and metabolism. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2013 Oct;305(7):E767-E775.

8. Rogowski MP, Flowers MT, Stamatikos AD, Ntambi JM, Paton CM. SCD1 activity in muscle increases triglyceride PUFA content, exercise capacity, and PPARδ expression in mice. J Lipid Res. 2013 Oct;54(10):2636-46.

9. Cooper JA, Manini T, Paton CM, Yamada Y, Everhart JE, Cummings S, Mackey DC, Newman AB, Glynn NW, Tylavsky F, Harris T, and Schoeller DA. Longitudinal change in energy expenditure and effects on energy requirements of the elderly. Nutr J. 2013 Jun 6;12(1):73.

10. Paton CM, Rogowski MP, Kozimor AL, Stevenson JL, Chang H, Cooper JA. Lipocalin-2 increases fat oxidation in vitro and is correlated with energy expenditure in normal weight but not obese women. Obesity. 2013 Dec;21(12):E640-8.

11. Flowers MT*, Paton CM*, O’Byrne SM, Schiesser KJ, Dawson, J, Blanner WS, Kendziorski C, Ntambi JM. Metabolic changes in skin caused by Scd1 deficiency: a focus on retinol metabolism. PLoS One 2011 May 9;6(5):e19734 . (*Authors contributed equally).

12. Cooper JA, Watras AC, Paton CM, Wegner FH, Adams AK, Schoeller DA. Impact of Exercise and Dietary Fatty Acid Composition from a High-fat Diet on Markers of Hunger and Satiety. Appetite 2011 Feb;56(1):171-8.

13. Paton CM and Ntambi JM. Loss of stearoyl-CoA desaturase activity promotes ER stress induced Xbp-1 splicing and increases free cholesterol synthesis. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab (October 5, 2010).

14. Liu X, Miyazaki M, Flowers MT, Sampath H, Zhao M, Chu K, Paton CM, and Ntambi JM. Loss of Stearoyl-CoA desaturase-1 attenuates adipose inflammation: distinct roles of adipocyte-derived lipoprotein lipase and oleate. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2010 Jan;30(1):31-8. Epub 2009 Nov 12

15. Sampath H, Flowers MT, Liu X, Paton CM, Sullivan R, Chu K, Zhao M, Ntambi JM. Skin-specific deletion of Stearoyl-CoA Desaturase-1 alters skin lipid composition and protects mice from high-fat diet induced obesity. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 2009 Jul 24;284(30):19961-73.

16. Paton CM & Ntambi JM. Biochemical and Physiological Function of Stearoyl-CoA Desaturase. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2009 Jul;297(1):E28-37. Epub 2008 Dec 9.