Elizabeth DuPriest, Ph.D.

Elizabeth DuPriest

Assistant Professor of Biology

Department of Natural Sciences and Health

Warner Pacific College

Gotham Hall (SCI) 2002

Office hours M,W,F 10-11 am

Weekly schedule for Spring 2014




Current Courses in Progress:

BIO 102 General Biology II

PHS 412 Biochemistry


BIO 370 Microbiology (Prof. Dwight Kimberly)


Dr. DuPriest's Other Courses:

BIO 221 Human Anatomy & Physiology I - taught every fall

BIO 330 Cell Biology - next offering in Spring 2015

BIO 250 Genetics - next offering in Fall 2014

BIO 420 Mammalian Physiology - next offering in Fall 2015


Research Interests:

Dr. DuPriest studies how an individual's early growth - both before birth and during childhood - affects the way their adipose (fat) tissue works.  Adipose tissue produces a wide range of hormones which can either benefit or harm your cardiovascular and metabolic health.  When adipose tissue is dysfunctional, it can increase your risk for heart disease and diabetes.  Studying the influence of early environment on adipose function may open doors for new therapeutic interventions for these individuals.


Dr. DuPriest has specifically shown in recent publications that a low protein maternal diet causes low birth weight in offspring, and "programs" those offspring to have smaller adipocytes (fat cells) in their intra-abdominal fat.  In addition, these same offspring have low mRNA levels of adiponectin, a protective hormone, in both intra-abdominal and subcutaneous adipose tissue depots.  She is currently studying the effects of post-weaning feed restriction on adipocyte structure and function, and has a grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust to study the role of growth hormone in driving the proliferation and/or differentiation of adipocytes.


Recent Publications:

DuPriest EA, Kupfer P, Lin B, Sekiguchi K, Morgan TK, Saunders KE, Chatkupt TT, Purnell JQ, Bagby SP.  Altered adipocyte structure and function in nutritionally programmed microswine offspring.  J DOHaD June 2012; 3(3): 198-209.


DuPriest EA, Kupfer P, Lin B, Sekiguchi K, Saunders KE, Chatkupt TT, Purnell JQ, Bagby SP. Accelerated growth without prepubertal obesity in nutritionally programmed microswine offspring.  J DOHaD April 2012; 3(2): 92-102.