Research & Publications

Moving nutrition and lifestyle science forward.

Ongoing research projects:

Study title:Efficacy of an anti-inflammatory diet on the gut microbiome and gut barrier function in eczema and psoriasis patients.”

Funding: UIUC Division of Nutritional Sciences Margin of Excellence Research Award ($5K), Indiegogo Campaign ($8.5K), Internal Funds

Learn more about how this study came about here.

Peer-reviewed publications:

Mailing LJ, Allen JM, Buford TW, Fields CJ, Woods JA. Exercise and the gut microbiome: a review of the evidence, potential mechanisms, and implications for human health. Exercise & Sport Sciences Reviews (2019). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30883471  Read on ResearchGate

Mailing, LJ, Allen JM, Rytych J, Sun Y, Pence BD, Bhattacharya TK, Park P, Liu TW, Swanson K, Fahey GC, Rhodes JS, Kelley KW, Johnson RW, Woods JA. Behavioral response to fiber feeding is cohort-dependent and related to gut microbiota composition in mice. Brain and Behavioural Research (2018). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30243767

Matt SM, Allen JM, Lawson Ma, Mailing LJ, Woods JA, Johnson, RW. Butyrate and dietary soluble fiber improve neuroinflammation associated with aging in mice. Frontiers in Immunology (2018). https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fimmu.2018.01832/full

Niemiro GM, Allen JM, Mailing LJ, Khan NA, Holscher HD, Woods JA, De Lisio M. Exercise alters inflammatory circulating progenitor cell content in lean and obese adults. Journal of Physiology (2018). https://physoc.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1113/JP276023

Allen JM, Mailing LJ, Niemiro GM, Moore R, Cook MD, White BA, Holscher HD, Woods JA. Exercise alters gut microbiota composition and function in lean and obese humans. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (2018)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29166320

Allen JM, Mailing LJ, Cohrs J, Salmonson C, Fryer J, Nehra V, Kashyap P, White BA, Woods JA. Exercise training-induced modifications of the gut microbiota can mediate host response to microbial colonization and colitis insult in gnotobiotic mice. Gut Microbes (2017). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28862530

Nehra, V, Allen, JM, Mailing, LJ, Kashyap, PC, Woods, JA. Gut Microbiota: Modulation of Host Physiology in Obesity. Physiol. Bethesda Md (2016). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27511459

Professional presentations:

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Mailing LJ. Modulating the gut microbiome for health: Evidence-based testing and therapeutic strategies. Ancestral Health Symposium (2019).

Mailing LJ, Allen JA, Wang SS, Kashyap P, White BA, Woods JA. Effects of transplanted exercised vs. sedentary gut microbiota on gene expression in gnotobiotic mice. Oral presentation, International Scientific Conference on Probiotics, Prebiotics, Gut Microbiota, and Health (2019).

Mailing LJ, Allen JA, Niemiro GM, Wang SS, Kashyap P, White BA, Holscher HD, De Lisio M, Woods JA. The effects of exercise on the gut microbiota and gut barrier function in states of health and disease Oral presentation, Division of Nutritional Sciences Exit Seminar.

Mailing LJ. The gut-skin axis: scientific evidence and an integrative approach to testing and treatment. Oral presentation, Ancestral Health Symposium (July 2018).

Mailing LJ. Training the gut: how exercise impacts the gut microbiome and gut barrier function. Poster presentation, Ancestral Health Symposium (July 2018).

Mailing, LJ, Allen JM, Niemiro G, Cohrs J, Holscher H, De Lisio M, Woods JA. Six weeks of aerobic exercise improves markers of insulin sensitivity and metabolic endotoxemia: correlations with the gut microbiota. Poster presentation, American College of Sports Medicine Conference (June 2018).

Mailing, LJ, Allen JM, Niemiro G, Cohrs J, Holscher H, De Lisio M, Woods JA. Effects of a six week aerobic exercise intervention on the composition of oral and skin microbiota: a pilot study. Poster presentation, Experimental Biology (April 2018).

Mailing LJ. The gut-skin axis. Nourishing Ways of West Michigan (March 2018).

Mailing, LJ, Allen JM, Niemiro G, Cohrs J, Holscher H, De Lisio M, Woods JA. Effects of a 6 week aerobic exercise intervention on gut bacterial metabolites in lean and obese adults. Oral presentation, American College of Sports Medicine Conference (2017).

Mailing, LJ, Allen JM, Niemiro G, Cohrs J, Holscher H, De Lisio M, Woods JA. Effects of a 6 week aerobic exercise intervention on gut bacterial metabolites in lean and obese adults. Poster presentation, Experimental Biology (2017).

Mailing, LJ, Allen JM, Nehra V, Holscher H, VanDyke C, Eden K, Swanson K, Boardman L, Murray J, Jensen M, Woods JA. Utilizing the gut microbiota to predict weight loss from a volumetric diet and exercise program in obese adults. Poster presentation, Conference for Individualizing Medicine (2016).

Mailing, LJ, Allen JM, Liu TW, Bhattacharya TK, Park P, Pence BD, Johnson RW, Fahey GC, Swanson K, Rhodes JS, and Woods JA. Pectin feeding for 16 Weeks improves learning and memory in young C57Bl/6J Mice: a relationship to the gut microbiota? Poster presentation, Experimental Biology (2016).

Mailing LJ, Feehley T, Nagler C. Effects of bacterial metabolite butyrate and fiber-free diet on allergic phenotype in a murine model of peanut allergy. Senior thesis & poster presentation, Kalamazoo College Diebold Symposium (2015).

Mailing, LJ, Henry FE, Sutton MA. Homeostatic changes in synaptic plasticity driven by phosphatidic acid-mediated mTORC1 signaling. Oral presentation, University of Michigan Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium (2013).

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Ongoing research projects:

Study title:Efficacy of an anti-inflammatory diet on the gut microbiome and gut barrier function in eczema and psoriasis patients.”

Funding: UIUC Division of Nutritional Sciences Margin of Excellence Research Award ($5K), Indiegogo Campaign ($8.5K), Internal Funds

Learn more about how this study came about here.

Peer-reviewed publications:

Mailing LJ, Allen JM, Buford TW, Fields CJ, Woods JA. Exercise and the gut microbiome: a review of the evidence, potential mechanisms, and implications for human health. Exercise & Sport Sciences Reviews (2019). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30883471  Read on ResearchGate

Mailing, LJ, Allen JM, Rytych J, Sun Y, Pence BD, Bhattacharya TK, Park P, Liu TW, Swanson K, Fahey GC, Rhodes JS, Kelley KW, Johnson RW, Woods JA. Behavioral response to fiber feeding is cohort-dependent and related to gut microbiota composition in mice. Brain and Behavioural Research (2018). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30243767

Matt SM, Allen JM, Lawson Ma, Mailing LJ, Woods JA, Johnson, RW. Butyrate and dietary soluble fiber improve neuroinflammation associated with aging in mice. Frontiers in Immunology (2018). https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fimmu.2018.01832/full

Niemiro GM, Allen JM, Mailing LJ, Khan NA, Holscher HD, Woods JA, De Lisio M. Exercise alters inflammatory circulating progenitor cell content in lean and obese adults. Journal of Physiology (2018). https://physoc.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1113/JP276023

Allen JM, Mailing LJ, Niemiro GM, Moore R, Cook MD, White BA, Holscher HD, Woods JA. Exercise alters gut microbiota composition and function in lean and obese humans. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (2018)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29166320

Allen JM, Mailing LJ, Cohrs J, Salmonson C, Fryer J, Nehra V, Kashyap P, White BA, Woods JA. Exercise training-induced modifications of the gut microbiota can mediate host response to microbial colonization and colitis insult in gnotobiotic mice. Gut Microbes (2017). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28862530

Nehra, V, Allen, JM, Mailing, LJ, Kashyap, PC, Woods, JA. Gut Microbiota: Modulation of Host Physiology in Obesity. Physiol. Bethesda Md (2016). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27511459

Professional presentations:

EB2017pic     

Mailing LJ. Modulating the gut microbiome for health: Evidence-based testing and therapeutic strategies. Ancestral Health Symposium (2019).

Mailing LJ, Allen JA, Wang SS, Kashyap P, White BA, Woods JA. Effects of transplanted exercised vs. sedentary gut microbiota on gene expression in gnotobiotic mice. Oral presentation, International Scientific Conference on Probiotics, Prebiotics, Gut Microbiota, and Health (2019).

Mailing LJ, Allen JA, Niemiro GM, Wang SS, Kashyap P, White BA, Holscher HD, De Lisio M, Woods JA. The effects of exercise on the gut microbiota and gut barrier function in states of health and disease Oral presentation, Division of Nutritional Sciences Exit Seminar.

Mailing LJ. The gut-skin axis: scientific evidence and an integrative approach to testing and treatment. Oral presentation, Ancestral Health Symposium (July 2018).

Mailing LJ. Training the gut: how exercise impacts the gut microbiome and gut barrier function. Poster presentation, Ancestral Health Symposium (July 2018).

Mailing, LJ, Allen JM, Niemiro G, Cohrs J, Holscher H, De Lisio M, Woods JA. Six weeks of aerobic exercise improves markers of insulin sensitivity and metabolic endotoxemia: correlations with the gut microbiota. Poster presentation, American College of Sports Medicine Conference (June 2018).

Mailing, LJ, Allen JM, Niemiro G, Cohrs J, Holscher H, De Lisio M, Woods JA. Effects of a six week aerobic exercise intervention on the composition of oral and skin microbiota: a pilot study. Poster presentation, Experimental Biology (April 2018).

Mailing LJ. The gut-skin axis. Nourishing Ways of West Michigan (March 2018).

Mailing, LJ, Allen JM, Niemiro G, Cohrs J, Holscher H, De Lisio M, Woods JA. Effects of a 6 week aerobic exercise intervention on gut bacterial metabolites in lean and obese adults. Oral presentation, American College of Sports Medicine Conference (2017).

Mailing, LJ, Allen JM, Niemiro G, Cohrs J, Holscher H, De Lisio M, Woods JA. Effects of a 6 week aerobic exercise intervention on gut bacterial metabolites in lean and obese adults. Poster presentation, Experimental Biology (2017).

Mailing, LJ, Allen JM, Nehra V, Holscher H, VanDyke C, Eden K, Swanson K, Boardman L, Murray J, Jensen M, Woods JA. Utilizing the gut microbiota to predict weight loss from a volumetric diet and exercise program in obese adults. Poster presentation, Conference for Individualizing Medicine (2016).

Mailing, LJ, Allen JM, Liu TW, Bhattacharya TK, Park P, Pence BD, Johnson RW, Fahey GC, Swanson K, Rhodes JS, and Woods JA. Pectin feeding for 16 Weeks improves learning and memory in young C57Bl/6J Mice: a relationship to the gut microbiota? Poster presentation, Experimental Biology (2016).

Mailing LJ, Feehley T, Nagler C. Effects of bacterial metabolite butyrate and fiber-free diet on allergic phenotype in a murine model of peanut allergy. Senior thesis & poster presentation, Kalamazoo College Diebold Symposium (2015).

Mailing, LJ, Henry FE, Sutton MA. Homeostatic changes in synaptic plasticity driven by phosphatidic acid-mediated mTORC1 signaling. Oral presentation, University of Michigan Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium (2013).

Download my full CV.

Official bio:

Lucy Mailing is an MD/PhD student at the University of Illinois. She recently completed her PhD in Nutritional Sciences but continues to perform research on how diet and exercise impact the gut microbiome in states of health and disease. She has authored several peer-reviewed journal articles related to the microbiome and health and was named an Emerging Leader in Nutritional Sciences by the American Society for Nutrition in 2017. Lucy has also served as staff research associate for the Kresser Institute for Functional and Evolutionary Medicine since 2015.

Lucy is the founder and sole author of NextGen Medicine, writing evidence-based articles about gut and skin health, nutrition, the microbiome, and exercise science. She is regularly invited to speak on gut health around the country and has been recognized as one of the most trusted experts in the integrative health space. Lucy plans to continue her training and begin her MD at the University of Illinois in 2020 after a year dedicated to her blog, one-on-one consultations with clients, and the launch of a gut-related startup.

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