Silvia Quesada Giraudo, Ph.D.

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Foods and Nutrition

Associate Professor

250 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602


workOffice Phone: 706-542-4907

Curriculum Vitae


Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Ph.D. Animal Nutrition University of Georgia 1991
M.S. Animal Science University of Georgia 1984
B.S. Agriculture Universidad Nacional de Cordoba-Argentina 1980


Dr. Giraudo directs UGA researchers who are training undergraduate researchers to design childhood obesity interventions while working as counselors at 4-H camps. The three-year Youth Obesity Undergraduate Research and Extension ( Y.O.U.R.E.) fellowship is aligned with the UGA Obesity Initiative. The interdisciplinary team of 10 faculty mentors provide training and guidance to 10 fellows chosen for the program. 


Human Nutrition.

Journal Articles

Bass, E., Baile, C., Lewis, R. and S.Q. Giraudo. “Bone quality and strength are greater in growing male rats fed fructose compared with glucose. Nutrition Research 33: 1063-1071. 2013.

Giraudo, S.Q., Mary Anne Della-Fera, Lindsey Proctor.; Kathie Wickwire; Suresh Ambati; Clifton A Baile. Maternal high fat feeding and gestational dietary restriction: effects on offspring body weight, food intake and hypothalamic gene expression over three generations in mice. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior 97:121-129. 2010.

Shrestha, Y. B., Wickwire, K. and S.Q. Giraudo. Effect of reducing hypothalamic Ghrelin or its receptor by RNA interference. Peptides 30(7): 1336-1341.2009.

Shrestha, Y. B., Wickwire, K. and S.Q. Giraudo. Direct effects of nutrients, acetylcholine and CCK on ghrelin release from the isolated stomach of rats. Peptides 30 (6):1187-1191. 2009.

Shrestha, Y.B., Wickwire, K. and S.Q. Giraudo. Role of Agouti-related peptide on Ghrelin-induced feeding in the Hypothalamic Paraventricular Nucleus. Regulatory Peptides 133 (1):68-73. 2006.

Giraudo, S.Q. El preponderante papel del sistema de la melanocortina en el peso corporal:POMC, Agrp y MC4-R. Sociedad Argentina de Obesidad y Transtornos Alimentarios (SAOTA) 16: 8-15. 2005 (in Spanish).

Shrestha, Y.B., Wickwire, K. and S.Q. Giraudo. Action of MT-II on ghrelin-induced feeding in the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus. Neuroreport 15(7): 1365-1367. 2004

Grossman, H.C., Hadjimarkou, M.M., Silva, R.M. Giraudo, S.Q. and R.J. Bodnar. Interrelationships between m opioid and melanocortin receptors in mediating food intake in rats. Brain Research 991:240-244. 2003.

Olszewski, P.K., Wickwire, K., Wirth, M.M., Levine, A.S. and S. Q. Giraudo. Agouti-related protein: Appetite or Reward? Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 994: 187-191. 2003.

Wirth MM, Olszewski PK, Levine AS, Giraudo SQ. Effect of Agouti-related protein on development of conditioned taste aversion and oxytocin neuronal activation. Neuroreport. 13(10): 1355-8, Jul 2002.

Olszewski PK, Wirth MM, Shaw TJ, Grace MK, Billington CJ, Giraudo SQ, Levine AS. Role of alpha-MSH in the regulation of consummatory behavior: immunohistochemical evidence. American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology. 281(2): R673-80, Aug 2001.

Olszewski PK, Wirth MM, Grace MK, Levine AS, Giraudo SQ. Evidence of interactions between melanocortin and opioid systems in regulation of feeding. Neuroreport. 12(8): 1727-30, Jun 2001.

Wirth MM, Giraudo SQ. Effect of Agouti-related protein delivered to the dorsomedial nucleus of the hypothalamus on intake of a preferred versus a non-preferred diet. Brain Research. 897(1-2): 169-74, Apr 2001.

Wirth MM, Olszewski PK, Yu C, Levine AS, Giraudo SQ. Paraventricular hypothalamic alpha-melanocyte-stimulating hormone and MTII reduce feeding without causing aversive effects. Peptides. 22(1): 129-34, Jan 2001.

Wirth MM, Giraudo SQ. Agouti-related protein in the hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus: effect on feeding. Peptides. 21(9): 1369-75, Sep 2000 Giraudo SQ, Grace MK, Billington CJ, Levine AS. Differential effects of neuropeptide Y and the mu-agonist DAMGO on 'palatability' vs. 'energy'. Brain Research. 834(1-2): 160-3, 1999.