Mike Pagliassotti is a professor and department head in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. He is a Lillian Fountain Smith Endowed Chair in Nutrition.
His research focuses on identifying mechanisms that contribute to obesity-associated liver impairments; specifically, understanding the role of nutrients in liver disease progression in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, identifying the role of nutrients in obesity-related hepatic endoplasmic reticulum stress, and identifying links between endoplasmic reticulum stress and impairments in mitochondrial function. Pagliassotti was awarded the Scholarly Excellence Award for the College of Health and Human Sciences in 2009.
Pagliassotti earned his B.S. from California State University in 1982 and his M.A. from the same institution in 1983. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in 1988.