• Dr. Fatma Huffman has more than 20 years of experience and expertise in coordinating, managing and conducting research studies at Florida International University (FIU). The focus of her research has consisted of nutrition, diabetes and cardiovascular risks among racial/ethnic groups. She has conducted her investigations by assessing biomedical and nutritional markers and by analyzing the related epidemiological, nutritional and social aspects of chronic diseases.

    For the past 10 years, Dr. Huffman’s publication topics have consisted of cardiometabolic risk factors in underserved Blacks and Hispanics with and without type 2 diabetes. She conducted a pilot clinical trial supplementing 4,000 and 6,000 IU/day of vitamin D3 to Hispanics and Blacks with type 2 diabetes. After six months of follow up, she found that an intake of 4,000 IU/day of vitamin D was sufficient to raise plasma levels of vitamin D and lower certain cardiometabolic risk factors.

    She has also directed and conducted several research projects at FIU as principal investigator or co-investigator in several previously funded grants. Her NIH-funded grants have been instrumental for her growth as a researcher, helping her achieve her goals and objectives in developing protocols and publications. The NIH grants have allowed her to train a valuable research team of MS and Ph.D. students and staff.

    Her current grant applications include food insecurity in Syrian refugees (a collaboration with Canada) and Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work’s Aging Initiative.

research interests

  • Nutrition, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Risks Among Racial/Ethnic Groups

selected publications

full name

  • Fatma Ercanli-Huffman