Jian Han

Assistant Professor

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
College of Science and Technology


Barnes Hall 206
OtherEcology and Environmental Biology / Nankai University
OtherZoology / Nankai University
M.S.Nutritional Sciences / University of Hawaii at Manoa
Ph.D.Nutrition / Pennsylvania State University

Research Interests

My research activities focus on nutrition modulation of complex diseases, with an emphasis on iron metabolism. Iron is an essential nutrient for all living cells. It is involved in DNA synthesis, energy production, and enzymatic reactions. It also interacts with other nutrients and modifies the expression of many genes. Both my graduate and post-graduate work emphasized iron storage and transfer protein expression in either normal or diseased conditions. Two major projects are 1) the investigation of iron-induced oxidative stress and neurotoxicity in obesity; 2) the effect of dietary iron manipulation on insulin sensitivity in obese mice.

Recent Publications

  • Jian Han, Scott Harrison, Frank Torti, Suzy Torti, Zhijian Xie (2013). (Application of circuit simulation method for differential modeling of TIM-2 iron uptake and metabolism in mouse kidney cells. ). (136) 4, pp. 1-9 ). Frontiers in Physiology.
  • MA Dunn, J Han, Jian Han (2000). (Effect of dietary aluminum on tissue non-heme ion and ferritin levels in the chick). (142) pp. 97-109 ). Toxicology.
  • S Boyd, R Edmondson, A EwunkemA, Joseph Graves, Jian Han, Scott Harrison, Liesl Jeffers-Francis, K Rhinehardt , Misty Thomas (Experimental Evolution of Metal Resistance in Bacteria). (Evolution in Action—Past, Present, and Future) ). Springer 2 International Publishing, AG.
  • JL Beard, JR Connor, JR Day, Jian Han (2002). (H and L ferritin subunit mRNA expression in control vs iron-deficient rat brain). (132) pp. 2769-74 ). Journal of Nutrition.
  • JL Beard, JR Connor, JR Day, Jian Han (2000). (Iron deficiency alters H- and L- ferritin expression in rat brain). (46) pp. 517-528 ). Cellular and Molecular Biology.
  • Jian Han, W Seaman, F Torti, S Torti, W Wang, D Xiu (2011). (Iron uptake mediated by binding of H-ferritin to the TIM-2 receptor in mouse cells). (8) 6, ). Plosone.
  • V Bousse, MD Brown, Jian Han, H Jia, V Mayorov, NJ Newman, A Reiss, AJ Thompson-Lowrey (2006). (OPA1 mutations and mitochondrial DNA haplotypes in autosomal dominant optic atrophy). (4) 8, pp. 217-25 ). Genetic Medicine.
  • M Kalan (2019). (Quality of Life and Stigma among People Living with HIV/AIDS in Iran.). (2019) 11, pp. 287—298 ). HIV/AIDS - Research and Palliative Care.
  • G Bailey, Joseph Graves, Jian Han, Donela Wright (2011). (Religously expressed fatalism and the perceived need for science and scientific process to empower agency). (3) 2, pp. 55-58 ). The international journal of science in society.
  • Aria Byrd, Keith Erikson, Jian Han, Scott Harrison, Lumei Liu, Justin Plummer (2016). (The Effects of Dietary Fat and Iron Interaction on Brain Regional Iron Contents and Stereotypical Behaviors in Male C57BL/6J Mice). 3, pp. 20 ). Frontiers in Nutrition.
  • Gregory Goins, Jian Han, Scott Harrison, Mohammad Jafarabadi, Mohammad Kalan, Vinaya Kelkar, Hassan Sis (2018). (The Identification of Risk Factors Associated with Patient and Healthcare System Delays in the Treatment of Tuberculosis in Tabriz, Iran). (1) 18, pp. 174 ). BMC Public Health.