Meshail Okla

Bio: 
My research focuses on understanding the role of inflammation in adaptive thermogenesis attenuation and elucidates the potentials of natural bioactive compounds in brown fat activation.

GENERAL INFORMATION
Name: Meshail Okla
Title: Assistant Professor, King Saud University, KSA
Address: P.O. Box 22452, Riyadh 11495, Saudi Arabia
E-mail: meokla@ksu.edu.sa
Tel: +966 11 80 58 401

EDUCATION AND TRAINING
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska
Ph.D., Molecular Nutrition, January 2014- May 2016
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Ph.D. student, Nutrition, August 2011-December 2013
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
Master of Science, Nutrition, August 2010
King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Bachelor of Science, Nutrition, April 2006

POSTITIONS AND EMPLOYMENTS
King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Assistant Professor, Clinical Nutrition, August 2016- current
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska
Hourly worker in Dr. Soonkyu Chung Lab, Molecular Nutrition, May 2016- August 2016
Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
Volunteer in Dr. Diane Cabelof Lab, Nutrition Department, Jan 2011 – March 2011
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
Volunteer in Dr. James Swain Lab, Nutrition Department, June 2010 – July 2010
King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Teaching Assistant, July 2007 - July 2008

HONORS AND AWARDS
· Recipient of NHS Graduate Student Conference Travel Grant funds, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2016)
· Recipient of David H. & Anne E. Larrick Memorial Graudate Student Research Travel Award, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2016)
· Recipient of research award in graduate student and postdoctoral fellow poster competition in Nebraska Center for the Prevention of Obesity Diseases 1st Annual Symposium, September, 2015.2
· Recipient of Graduate Student Conference Travel Award from NHS in University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2015)
· Finalist for ASN’s Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Poster Competition at
Experimental Biology (2015)
· ASN’s Energy and Macronutrient Metabolism poster competition winner at experimental Biology (2014)
· ASN’s Obesity RIS poster competition winner at Experimental Biology (2014)
· Recipient of Graduate Student Conference Travel Award from CEHS in University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2014)
· Recipient of IFAS travel grant from University of Florida (2013)
· Recipient of IFAS travel grant from University of Florida (2012)
· Recipient of Saudi Government Scholarship for graduate studies (2008-2016)

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
· Member: American Society of Nutrition

Published abstracts
 
· Jiyoung Kim, Grant Ozaki, Meshail Okla, Jaekwon Lee, and Soonkyu Chung.
Hepcidin-dependent iron mobilization is required for white to beige adipocyte conversion. FASEB J, April 2017, 31:637.11
· Jiyoung Kim, Meshail Okla, Sathish Kumar Natarajan, and Soonkyu Chung.
Long chain Fatty Acid Receptor 4 (FFAR4) mediates EPA-miR30b axis activation for promoting brown adipogenesis. FASEB J, April 2016, 30:912.3
· Meshail Okla, Wei Wang, and Soonkyu Chung. High-Fat Diet-Induced Obesity
Suppresses Adaptive Thermogenesis via Toll-Like Receptor (TLR) 4-Mediated
Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress. FASEB J, April 2016, 30:291.2
· Meshail Okla, Wei Wang, Inhae Kang, and Soonkyu Chung. Inflammation
Attenuates Adaptive Thermogenesis via Autophagy and ER Stress-Associated
Mechanism. FASEB J, April 2015, 29:405.4
· Lu Zhao, Inhae Kang, Meshail Okla, Jung-Heun Ha, Meeae Lee, Maurice
Marshall, and Soonkyu Chung. Gamma tocotrienol improves high fat dietinduced obesity and insulin resistance by inhibiting adipose inflammation and macrophage recruitment (383.4). FASEB, April 2014, 28:383.4
· Meshail Okla, Jung-Heun Ha, Meeae Lee, and Soonkyu Chung. Establishment and characterization of in vitro model of human beige adipocytes using adenoviral delivery of BMP7 (133.1). FASEB J, April 2014, 28:133.1
· Meshail Okla, Inhae Kang, Meeae Lee, and Soonkyu Chung. Ellagic acid attenuates adipocyte and hepatic triglyceride contents via discrete mechanisms (269.6). FASEB J, April 2014, 28:269.6
· Inhae Kang, Meshail Okla, and Soonkyu Chung. Ellagic acid attenuates adipocyte differentiation via histone arginine methylation-associated epigenetic modification (271.2). FASEB J, April 2014, 28:271.2
· Meshail Okla, Keqin Ou, Liwei Gu, and Soonkyu Chung. Depolymerized cranberry proanthocyanidins attenuate TNFα-induced inflammation in human adipocytes and induce paraptosis-like cell death in HepG2 hepatoma cells. FASEB J, April 2013, 27:862.20
· Lu Zhao, Jung-Heun Ha, Inhae Kang, Meshail Okla, and Soonkyu Chung.
Gamma-tocotrienol antagonizes adipogenesis through activation of AMPK/autophagy axis in primary human adipocytes. FASEB J, April 2013, 27:222.6