Dr. Steinle is Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Maryland and Interim Chief, Diabetes and Endocrine Section, Baltimore Veterans Administration Medical Center. Dr. Steinle completed undergraduate training in nutrition and was credentialed as a Registered Dietician/Nutritionist prior to completing her medical degree. She completed an internal medicine residency and endocrinology fellowship at the University of Maryland Baltimore.
Dr. Steinle's major research interests are directed at understanding the molecular and genetic aspects of blood-pressure regulation, obesity, metabolic syndrome and eating behavior. She published the first genome-wide scan of eating behavior traits, demonstrating that eating behavior is heritable and that there may be specific genetic loci that regulate eating behavior. Currently she is studying candidate genes that may regulate eating behavior. Her work focuses on the study of genetic variation in taste receptor genes and their role in eating behavior, nutrient intake, diabetes and obesity. She is currently collaborating with investigators in UMB’s Institute for Genome Sciences to uncover mechanisms whereby dietary fiber impact gut micro-organisms and the downstream impact on host energy and glucose metabolism. Additionally, Dr. Steinle is involved in diabetes prevention research, and leads a diabetes prevention program at the Baltimore Veterans Administration Medical Center.
Dr. Steinle is also involved in teaching nutrition in the medical curriculum. She is co-course director of the medical student year 1 Cell and Molecular Biology course and directs an interprofessional clinical nutrition training experience for medical students and residents. She is PI of an NIDDK funded medical student summer research training program. She is Director of Enrichment of the Mid Atlantic Nutrition and Obesity Research Center.
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