Amy Luke, Ph.D. received her doctorate in Human Nutrition and Nutritional Biology from the University of Chicago in 1994.  She started at Loyola as a research associate (or post-doc) immediately after graduation and has been here since.  Her training while in graduate school was in the objective measurement of energy expenditure and body composition using stable isotopes and she brought that expertise to the ongoing multi-country study of hypertension being conducted by Dr. Cooper.  Dr. Luke also collaborated on a community-based nutritional intervention in Maywood led by Dr. E. Prewitt. 

Traveling to Nigeria for the first time in 1998, Dr. Luke initiated her first project on the relationship between weight regulation and energy expenditure, as well as continuing to work with Dr. Cooper on a range of research including the genetic and environmental determinants of hypertension. 

Dr. Luke has spent a significant amount of time coordinating field research in West Africa (Nigeria and Ghana), the Caribbean (Jamaica) and here in Maywood, and currently has a multi-country study of the environmental determinants of obesity in African-origin populations, with study sites in rural Ghana, Seychelles, urban South Africa, Jamaica and the US (Maywood).  She is also a co-principal investigator on a computational modeling project dealing with childhood obesity. 

Dr. Luke teaches several lectures in the MS1 course, Function of the Human Body, and is course director for a course in the Masters of Public Health program, Epidemiology of Obesity.

Phone: 708-327-9011


Selected publications

Karalius VP, Zinn D, Wu J, Cao G, Minutti C, Luke A, Kramer H, Durazo-Arvizu R. Prevalence of risk of deficiency and inadequacy of 25-hydroxyvitamin D in US children: NHANES 2003-2006. J Pediatr Endocrinol Metab. 2014

Karalius VP, Harbison JE, Plange-Rhule J, van Breemen RB, Li G, Huang K, Durazo-Arvizu RA, Mora N, Dugas LR, Vail L, Tuchman NC, Forrester T, Luke A. Bisphenol A (BPA) Found in Humans and Water in Three Geographic Regions with Distinctly Different Levels of Economic Development. Environ Health Insights. 8:1-3, 2014

Luke A, Cooper RS. Physical activity does not influence obesity risk: time to clarify the public health message.Int J Epidemiol. 42:1831-6, 2013

Bohnert A, Burdette K, Dugas L, Travers L, Randall E, Richards M, Luke A. Multimethod analyses of discretionary time use and health behaviors among urban low-income African-American adolescents: a pilot study. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 34:589-98, 2013

Luke A, Bovet P, Forrester TE, Lambert EV, Plange-Rhule J, Dugas LR, Durazo-Arvizu RA, Kroff J, Richie WN, Schoeller DA. Prediction of fat-free mass using bioelectrical impedance analysis in young adults from five populations of African origin. Eur J Clin Nutr. 67:956-6, 2013

Dugas LR, Harders R, Merrill S, Ebersole K, Shoham DA, Rush EC, Assah FK, Forrester T, Durazo-Arvizu RA, Luke A.  Energy expenditure in adults in developing vs. industrialized countries:  a meta-analysis of doubly labeled water studies.  Am J Clin Nutr  93:427-441, 2011.

Dugas LR, Cao G, Luke A, Durazo-Arvizu RA.  Adiposity is not equal in a multirace/ethnic adolescent population:  NHANES 1999-2004.  Obesity. 2011.

Tayo BO, Luke A, McKenzie C, Kramer H, Cao G, Durazo-Arvizu R, Adeyemo A, Cooper RS.  Patterns of sodium and potassium excretion and blood pressure in the African diaspora.  J Hum Hypertension 2011.

Luke A, Dugas L, Durazo-Arvizu RA, Cao G, Cooper RS.  Activity patterns in the US population and their relationship to cardiovascular risk factors:  NHANES 2003-2006.  BMC Public Health  11:387, 2011.

Weber D, Shoham DA, Luke A, Reed RL, Luchette FA.  Racial odds for amputation ratio in traumatic lower extremity fractures.  J Trauma  71:1732-6, 2011.

Speakman JR, Levitsky DA, Allison DB, Bray MS, de Castro JM, Clegg DJ, Clapham JC, Dulloo AG, Gruer L, Haw S, Hebebrand J, Hetherington MM, Higgs S, Jebb SA, Loos RJF, Luckman S, Luke A, Mohammed-Ali V, O’Rahilly S, Periera M, Perusse L, Robinson TN, Rolls B, Symonds ME, Westerterp-Plantenga MS.  Set-points, settling points and some alternative models:  theoretical options to understand how genes and environments combine to regulate body adiposity.  Dis Models Mechanisms 4:733-745, 2011.

Luke A, Bovet P, Forrester TE, Lambert EV, Plange-Rhule J, Schoeller DA, Dugas L, Durazo-Arvizu RA, Shoham DA, Cooper RS, Brage S, Ekelund U, Steyn N.  Protocol for the Modeling the Epidemiologic Transition Study:  a longitudinal observational study of energy balance and change in body weight, diabetes and cardiovascular disease risk.  BMC Public Health  11:927, 2011.

Kramer H, Cao G, Dugas L, Luke A, Cooper R, Durazo-Arvizu R.  Increasing BMI, waist circumference and prevalence of obesity among adults with type 2 diabetes:  the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys.  J Diab Comp  24:368-374, 2010.

Kang SJ, Chiang WWK, Palmer CD, Tayo BO, Lettre G, Butler JL, Hackett R, Guiducci C, Nguyen TT, Berzins I, Feng T, Ardlie K, Luke A, Adeyemo AA, Rotimi C, Wilks R, Forrester T, McKenzie C, Lyon HN, Cooper RS, Zhu X, Hirschhorn JN.  Genome-wide association of anthropometric traits in African and African-drived populations.  Human Molec Genet  19:2725-2738, 2010.

Jayanthi NA, Robertson TC, Dugas L, Luke A.  The evaluation of injury risk and recovery in junior competitive tennis players.  J Tennis Med Sci  15:12-16, 2010.

Durazo-Arvizu RA, Sempos C, Luke A, Yetley EA, Dawson-Hughes B, Kramer H, Cao G, Dwyer JT, Bailey RL, Rovner AJ, Picciano MF.  Modeling the non-monotonic association between 25-hydroxyvitamin D and mortality in a representative US population sample.  Proc of the 25th International Workshop on Statistical Modeling 155-160, 2010.

Boyne MS, Bennett NR, Cooper RS, Royal-Thomas TY, Bennett FI, Luke A, Wilks RJ, Forrester TE.  Sex-differences in adiponectin and body fat distribution:  longitudinal observations in Afro-Jamaicans.  Diab Res Clin Prac  90:e33-e36, 2010

Dugas LR, Cohen R, Carstens MT, Schoffelen PM, Luke A, Goedecke JH, Levitt NS, Lambert EV.  Total daily energy expenditure in lean and obese South African women:  no effect of ethnicity.  Eur J Clin Nutr  63:667-673, 2009.

Kramer H, Tuttle KR, Leehey D, Luke A, Durazo-Arvizu R, Shoham D, Cooper R, Beddhu S.  Obesity management in adults with CKD  Am J Kidney Dis  53:151-165, 2009.

Luke A, Dugas LR, Ebersole K, Durazo-Arvizu RA, Cao G, Schoeller DA, Adeyemo AA, Brieger WR, Cooper RS.  Energy expenditure does not predict weight change in either Nigerian or African-American women.  Am J Clin Nutr  89:169-176, 2009.  PMC2647711

Swinburn BA, Sacks G, Lo SK, Westerterp KR, Rush EC, Rosenbaum M, Luke A, Schoeller DA, DeLany JP, Butte NF, Ravussin E.  Estimating the changes in ‘energy flux’ which characterize the rise in obesity prevalence.  Am J Clin Nutr  89:1723-1728, 2009.  PMC2855206

Cooper JA, Watras AC, Luke A, Dobratz J, Earthman CP, Schoeller DA.  Assessing validity and reliability of resting metabolic rate in six gas analysis systems.  J Am Diet Assoc  109:128-132, 2009.  PMC2650235

Dugas LR, Carstens MA, Ebersole K, Schoeller DA, Durazo-Arvizu RA, Lambert EV, Luke A.  Energy expenditure in young adult urban informal settlement dwellers in South Africa.  Eur J Clin Nutr  63:805-807, 2009.

Ayoola O, Ebersole K, Omotade O, Tayo B, Brieger W, Salami K, Dugas L, Cooper R, Luke A.  Relative height and weight among children and adolescents of rural southwestern Nigeria.  Ann Human Biol 36:388-399, 2009.  PMC2861159

Luke A.  Ethnicity and the BMI-body fat relationship.  Brit J Nutr  102:485-487, 2009.

Basu A, Tang H, Risch N, Arnett D, Gu C, Mosley T, Kardia S, Luke A, Tayo B, Cooper R, Zhu X, Risch N.  Admixture mapping of quantitative trait loci for BMI in African Americans:  evidence for loci on chromosomes 3q, 5q and 15q.   Obesity  17:1226-1231, 2009.

Tayo BO, Luke A, Zhu X, Adeyemo AA, Cooper RS.  Association of regions on chromosomes 6 and 7 with blood pressure in Nigerian families.  Circulation: Cardiovasc Genet  2:38-45, 2009.