Maria Carlota Dao

Maria Carlota Dao

Assistant Professor
Phone: (603) 862-4723
Office: UNH Agriculture, Nutrition, & Food Systems, Kendall Hall Room 107, Durham, NH 03824

Dr. Maria Carlota Dao is an Assistant Professor of Human Nutrition in the Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems at the University of New Hampshire. As an interdisciplinary scientist focused on obesity research, she investigates the interplay of cardiometabolic risks, dietary and psychosocial factors, and the gut microbiota. Through this work she seeks to address obesity in health disparity populations. Prior to becoming a faculty member at UNH, Dr. Dao worked as a scientist at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. Her training includes a postdoctoral fellowship at the Sorbonne University and INSERM (Institute of Cardiometabolism and Nutrition) in France, and a PhD in Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.

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Courses Taught

  • BMS 799H: Senior Honors Thesis
  • NUTR 720/820: Community Nutrition
  • NUTR 927: Nutr Gut Micr


  • Ph.D., Tufts University
  • M.A., Tufts University
  • B.A., Boston University

Research Interests

  • Health Disparities
  • Malnutrition
  • Microbiome
  • Nutritional Physiology
  • Obesity

Selected Publications

  • Gerber, S., Silver, R. E., Das, S. K., Greene, S. S., Dix, S. R., Ramirez, I., . . . Roberts, S. B. (2024). Development and Feasibility of an eHealth Diabetes Prevention Program Adapted for Older Adults-Results from a Randomized Control Pilot Study.. Nutrients, 16(7). doi:10.3390/nu16070930

  • Dao, M. C., Yu, Z., Maafs-Rodriguez, A., Moser, B., Cuevas, A. G., Economos, C. D., & Roberts, S. B. (2022). Perceived intrinsic, social, and environmental barriers for weight management in older Hispanic/Latino adults with obesity. OBESITY SCIENCE & PRACTICE. doi:10.1002/osp4.631

  • Dao, M. C., Das, S. K., Silver, R. E., & Roberts, S. B. (2021). Association of counselor weight status and demographics with participant weight loss in a structured lifestyle intervention.. Obes Res Clin Pract, 15(1), 69-72. doi:10.1016/j.orcp.2020.11.005

  • Molinaro, A., Bel Lassen, P., Henricsson, M., Wu, H., Adriouch, S., Belda, E., . . . Bäckhed, F. (n.d.). Imidazole propionate is increased in diabetes and associated with dietary patterns and altered microbial ecology. Nature Communications, 11(1). doi:10.1038/s41467-020-19589-w

  • Guo, W., Wu, D., Dao, M. C., Li, L., Lewis, E. D., Ortega, E. F., . . . Meydani, S. N. (2020). A Novel Combination of Fruits and Vegetables Prevents Diet-Induced Hepatic Steatosis and Metabolic Dysfunction in Mice. The Journal of Nutrition, 150(11), 2950-2960. doi:10.1093/jn/nxaa259

  • Al Assal, K., Prifti, E., Belda, E., Sala, P., Clément, K., Dao, M. -C., . . . Waitzberg, D. L. (2020). Gut Microbiota Profile of Obese Diabetic Women Submitted to Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass and Its Association with Food Intake and Postoperative Diabetes Remission.. Nutrients, 12(2). doi:10.3390/nu12020278

  • Dao, M. C., Saltzman, E., Page, M., Reece, J., Mojtahed, T., Wu, D., & Meydani, S. N. (2020). Lack of Differences in Inflammation and T Cell-Mediated Function between Young and Older Women with Obesity.. Nutrients, 12(1). doi:10.3390/nu12010237

  • Dao, M. C., Belda, E., Prifti, E., Everard, A., Kayser, B. D., Bouillot, J. -L., . . . Clément, K. (2019). Akkermansia muciniphila abundance is lower in severe obesity, but its increased level after bariatric surgery is not associated with metabolic health improvement.. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab, 317(3), E446-E459. doi:10.1152/ajpendo.00140.2019

  • Dao, M. C., Messer, E., Conigliaro, T., Sakaida, K., Ouellette, A. F., Himaras, V., . . . Roberts, S. B. (2019). Different and Unequal: A Qualitative Evaluation of Salient Factors Influencing Energy Intake in Adults with Overweight and Obesity. NUTRIENTS, 11(6). doi:10.3390/nu11061365

  • Dao, M. C., Subar, A. F., Warthon-Medina, M., Cade, J. E., Burrows, T., Golley, R. K., . . . Holmes, B. A. (2019). Dietary assessment toolkits: an overview.. Public Health Nutr, 22(3), 404-418. doi:10.1017/S1368980018002951

  • Most Cited Publications