• Margarita Teran Garcia, MD PhD
  • Research Assistant Professor, Extension Specialist Hispanic Health programs
Home Department:
  • Human Development and Family Sciences Extension
Graduate Programs:
  • Human Nutrition
  • Nutritional Sciences
  • BS, Colegio Frances-Pasteur, Mexico, 1985
  • MD, National Autonomous University, Mexico, 1989
  • Pediatric Residency, National Institute of Pediatrics, Mexico, 1992-1995
  • PhD, Nutritional Sciences, University of Texas, 2001
  • Postdoctoral Research, Pennington biomedical Research Center, 2001-2005
  • 437 Bevier Hall, 905 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL 61801
  • 217-244-2025
I-TOPP Related Research Interest:
  • Gene-environment interactions related to obesity prevention and treatment
  • Gut microbiota and genomics
  • Bariatric surgery
Recent Publications:
  • Hannon BA, Khan NA, Teran-Garcia M. (2018) Nutrigenetic Contributions to Dyslipidemia: A Focus on Physiologically Relevant Pathways of Lipid and Lipoprotein Metabolism. Nutrients. 10(10). pii: E1404
  • Villegas E, Wiley A, Hannon B, Teran-Garcia M, Hammons A. (2018) The Effects of Hispanic Immigrant Mother's Resiliency on Children's Dietary Adjustment. J Immigr Minor Health. Aug 22. [ahead of print]
  • Bost KK, Teran-Garcia M, Donovan SM, Fiese BH; STRONG Kids Team. (2018) Child body mass index, genotype and parenting in the prediction of restrictive feeding. Pediatr Obes. 13(4):239-246.
  • Vazquez-Vidal I, Voruganti VS, Hannon BA, Andrade FCD, Aradillas-García C, Nakamura MT, Terán-García M. (2018) Serum Lipid Concentrations and FADS Genetic Variants in Young Mexican College Students: The UP-AMIGOS Cohort Study. Lifestyle Genom. 11(1):40-48.
  • Cole NC, Wang AA, Donovan SM, Lee SY, Teran-Garcia M; STRONG Kids Team. (2017) Variants in Chemosensory Genes Are Associated with Picky Eating Behavior in Preschool-Age Children. J Nutrigenet Nutrigenomics. 10(3-4):84-92.
  • Robinson KN, Vazquez-Vidal I, Marques C, Andrade FCD, Aradillas-Garcia C, Teran-Garcia M; UP AMIGOS Team. (2017) Circulating Triglycerides and the Association of Triglycerides with Dietary Intake Are Altered by Alpha-2-Heremans-Schmid Glycoprotein Polymorphisms. J Nutrigenet Nutrigenomics. 10(3-4):75-83
  • Hannon BA, Thompson SV, An R, Teran-Garcia M. (2017) Clinical Outcomes of Dietary Replacement of Saturated Fatty Acids with Unsaturated Fat Sources in Adults with Overweight and Obesity: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Control Trials. Ann Nutr Metab. 71(1-2):107-117.
  • Schwingel A, Wiley AR, Teran-Garcia M, McCaffrey J, Gálvez P, Vizcarra M. (2017) Promotoras and the Semantic Gap Between Latino Community Health Researchers and Latino Communities. Health Promot Pract. 18(3):444-453.
  • Robinson, K.N. & Teran-Garcia M. From Infancy to Aging: Biological and Behavioral Modifiers of Fetuin-A. Biochimie, 2016; 124: 141-9.
  • Speirs KE, Liechty JM, Wu CF; Strong Kids Research Team. (2014) Sleep, but not other daily routines, mediates the association between maternal employment and BMI for preschool children. Sleep Med., 15: 1590-1593.
  • Bost KK, Wiley AR, Fiese B, Hammons A, McBride B; STRONG KIDS Team. (2014) Associations between adult attachment style, emotion regulation, and preschool children's food consumption. J Dev Behav Pediatr., 35: 50-61
  • Wang Y.Y., Wang A.A., Donovan S.M., Teran-Garcia M. (2013). Individual genetic variations related to satiety and appetite control increase risk of obesity in Preschool-age children in the STRONG Kids Program. Hum Hered., 75: 152–159.
  • Musaad, S.M.A., Paige, K.N., Teran-Garcia, M., Donovan, S.M., Fiese, B.H. and the STRONG Kids Research Team. (2013) Childhood overweight/obesity and pediatric asthma: The role of parental perception of child weight status. Nutrients, 5: 3713-3729.
  • Hammons A.J., Wiley A.R., Fiese B.H., Teran-Garcia M. (2013). Six-Week Latino Family Prevention Pilot Program Effectively Promotes Healthy Behaviors and Reduces Obesogenic Behaviors. J Nutr Educ Behav., 45: 745-750.
  • Wang A.A., Paige K.N., Gaskins H.R., Teran-Garcia M. (2013). An improved method for collecting breath from 3- to 7 year-old children. J. Parenter Enteral Nutr, 38: 507-509.
  • Dev DA, McBride BA; STRONG Kids Research Team. (2013) Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics benchmarks for nutrition in child care 2011: are child-care providers across contexts meeting recommendations? J Acad Nutr Diet, 113: 1346-1353.
  • Grigsby-Toussaint DS, Chi SH, Fiese BH; STRONG Kids Project Writing Group. (2011) Where they live, how they play: neighborhood greenness and outdoor physical activity among preschoolers. Int J Health Geogr., 10: 66.
  • Harrison K., Bost K.K., McBride B.A., Donovan S.M., Grigsby-Toussaint D.S., Kim J., Liechty J.M., Wiley A., Teran-Garcia M. & Jacobsohn G. C. (2011). Toward a developmental conceptualization of contributors to weight imbalance in childhood: The six-c’s model. Child Development Perspectives, 5: 50-58.