Graduate Student Bios

Current Graduate Students


Elizabeth Adams

Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Savage-Williams

eka5159@psu.edu

Research interests:
The development and dissemination of multidisciplinary, family-based childhood obesity prevention interventions, designed to optimize healthy behavior changes across multiple factors (i.e. physical activity, eating behaviors, sleep patterns, psychosocial health) that influence energy balance.

Education:
BS: (Exercise Science) University of Florida
BS: (Exercise Science) University of Connecticut

Awards/honors/scholarships:
Excellence in Graduate Recruitment (FEGR) Award (2015-2016)
Florida Academic Scholar Award (2009-2013)
2nd place in the 2016 Penn State Graduate Research Exhibition

Recent Publications:
Adams EL, Savage JS. From the children’s perspective: What are candy, snacks, and meals? Appetite. 2017;116:215-222

Courses TAed:
NUTR 451: Nutrition Through the Life Cycle and NUTR 456: Community Nutrition


Sixtus Aguree, Ph.D. Student

Sixtus Aguree

Advisor: Dr. Alison D. Gernand

sua204@psu.edu

Research interests:
Maternal and child nutrition, micronutrient nutrition

Education:
BSc. (Nutrition and Food Science, First class honours) - University of Ghana
MPhil (Nutrition) - University of Ghana

Awards/honors/scholarships:
Graham Fellowship (2014-2015)
Excellence in Graduate Recruitment (FEGR) award: FA/SP 2014-2015


Kate Bowen, Ph.D. Student

Kate Bowen

Advisor: Dr. Penny Kris-Etherton

kjb369@psu.edu

Research interests:
The effects of dietary monounsaturated fatty acids on risk factors for metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease.

Education:
B.S. Biology - Bucknell University

Awards/honors/scholarships:
John A. Milner Endowment Award (2017-2018)
Invited presenter, American Heart Association Scientific Sessions (2017)
Travel grant, Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s (2017)
Graduate Fellowship, NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium (2016-2017)
Excellence in Graduate Recruitment (FEGR) award (2014-2015)

Recent Publications:
Richter CK, Bowen KJ, Mozaffarian D, Kris-Etherton PM, Skulas-Ray AC. Total Long-Chain n-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Food Sources in the United States Compared to Recommended Intakes: NHANES 2003-2008. Lipids. 2017 ;52(11):917-927.
Bowen KJ, Kris-Etherton PM, Shearer GC, West SG, Reddivari L, Jones PJH. Oleic acid-derived oleoylethanolamide: a nutritional science perspective. Prog Lipid Res. 2017; 67:1-15.
Briggs MA, Bowen KJ, Kris-Etherton PM. Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and health. In: Akoh CC, editor. Food lipids: chemistry, nutrition, and biotechnology. 4th ed. Boca Raton (FL): CRC Press; 2017. p. 603-26.
Bowen KJ, Harris WS, Kris-Etherton PM. Omega-3 fatty acids and cardiovascular disease: are there benefits? Curr Treat Options Cardiovasc Med. 2016;18(11):69.

Courses TAed:
NUTR 453: Diet in Disease (Aug 2014 - present)
NUTR 451: Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle (Aug 2015 - Dec 2015)


Matt Cady, MS, Ph.D. Student

Matt Cady

Advisor: Dr. Michael Green

mdc317@psu.edu

Research interests:
Community and public health nutrition, school nutrition, and nutrition education, specifically how certain programs and policies can prevent and treat obesity through changes in both the nutrition and physical activity environment. Currently working on The Early Growth and Development Study, a a nationwide, prospective study of birth parents and adoptive families, investigating inherited traits related to dietary intake and physical activity.

Education:
BS, Health and Exercise, Syracuse University, 2008
MS, Kinesiology, University of Illinois, 2010

Awards/honors/scholarships:
Syracuse University Chancellor’s Scholarship
Pennsylvania Talent Search Scholarship
NCAA National Leadership Conference Representative

Courses Taught:
TA for NUTR 360: Disseminating Nutrition Information and NUTR 119: Elementary Foods


Mihaela Ciulei, MS, Ph.D. Student

Mihaela Ciulei

Advisor: Dr. Laura Murray-Kolb

mmc5819@psu.edu

Research interests:
Neuropsychological and neurophysiological consequences due to iron deficiency (anemia) mainly in women and children

Education:
BS: (Nutrition) University of Nevada Las Vegas, 2014
MS: (Nutritional Sciences) Penn State, 2017

Awards/honors/scholarships/fellowships/grants:
Excellence in Graduate Recruitment (FEGR) award: 2015-2016
Clinical and Translational Science NIH fellowship: 2016-2017
John Beard Endowment Award, 2017-2018

Courses taught:
NUTR 452: Nutritional Aspects of Disease
NUTR 445: Nutrient Metabolism (I)


Shizhao Duan

Shizhao Duan

Advisor: Dr. Connie Rogers

sdf5188@psu.edu

Research interests:
Nutritional factors on immune regulations and cancer development

Education:
B Med: (Forensic Medicine) Shanxi Medical University, China
MA: (Nutritional Science) Syracuse University

Awards/honors/scholarships/fellowships/grants:
Excellence in Graduate Recruitment (FEGR) award: FA/SP 2015-2016
Graduate Scholarship Syracuse University: Spring 2015

Course taught:
TA for BIO121 Introductory Biology at Syracuse University for Fall 2013


Sally Grace Eagleton

Sally Grace Eagleton

Advisor: Jennifer Savage Williams

sge5@psu.edu

Research interests:
The influence of family factors commonly associated with poverty on child feeding and the development of childhood obesity.

Education:
BS (Psychology) The University of Tampa
MS (Human Development and Family Science) Oklahoma State University

Awards/honors/scholarships/fellowships/grants:
Oklahoma State University Mildred H. and John W. Skinner Graduate Fellowship (2015)


Hanim Ecem Elbir, PhD Student

Hanim Elbir

Advisor: Dr. Barbara Rolls

hee111@psu.edu

Research interests:
The effects of portion size and energy density of foods on eating and ingestive behaviors in adults and children.

Education:
BS: Nutrition and Dietetic, Istanbul Medipol University
MS: Nutrition and Dietetic, Istanbul Medipol University
Dietetic Internship: Minister of Health of the Republic of Turkey, Sadi Konuk Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

Awards/honors/scholarships/fellowships/grants:
Istanbul Medipol University Integrated Master Program Scholarship (2014-2016)


Jennifer Lynn Ford, Ph.D. Student

Jennifer Ford

Advisor: Dr. Michael Green

jlf5271@psu.edu

Research interests:
Mathematical modeling and compartmental analysis in nutrition; emphasis in vitamin A and carotenoid metabolism

Education:
Pennsylvania State University, College of Health and Human Development
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Nutritional Sciences and Kinesiology

Awards/honors/scholarships:
Invited lecturer at the Eurocaroten training workshop (Newcastle, England 2018)
Invited speaker at the Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation annual meeting (Vienna, Austria 2017)
Invited speaker at the International Atomic Energy Agency annual meeting (Vienna, Austria 2017)
Invited speaker at the 18th International Symposium for Carotenoids Young Investigators Forum (Lucerne, Switzerland 2017)
Young Investigators Travel Award, International Carotenoid Society (2017)
Global Programs Travel Grant Award, The Pennsylvania State University (2017)
Excellence in Graduate Recruitment (FEGR) Award, The Pennsylvania State University (2014)

Recent Publications:
Ford JL, Green JB, Lietz G, Oxley A, Green MH. A simple plasma retinol isotope ratio method for estimating b-carotene relative bioefficacy in humans: validation with the use of model-based compartmental analysis. J Nutr 2017;147:1806–14.
Ford JL, Green JB, Green MH. Should we restrict vitamin A intake, a minor contributor to plasma retinol turnover, when using retinol isotope dilution equations to estimate an individual’s vitamin A status, or should vitamin A balance be maintained? J Nutr 2017;147:1483-6.
Lopez-Teros V, Ford JL, Green MH, Tang G, Grusak MA, Quihui-Cota L, Muzhingi T, Paz-Cassini M, Astiazaran-Garcia H. Use of a ‘Super-child’ Approach to Assess the Vitamin A Equivalence of Moringa oleifera Leaves, Develop a Compartmental Model for Vitamin A Kinetics, and Estimate Vitamin A Total Body Stores in Young Mexican Children. J Nutr 2017 (in press).
Green MH, Ford JL, Green JB. Retinol isotope dilution is applied during restriction of vitamin A intake to predict individual subject total body vitamin A stores at isotopic equilibrium. J Nutr. 2016;146:2407-11.
Green MH, Ford JL, Oxley A, Green JB, Park H, Berry P, Boddy AV, Lietz G. Plasma retinol kinetics and β-carotene bioefficacy are quantified by model-based compartmental analysis in healthy young adults with low vitamin A stores. J Nutr 2016;142:2129-36.
Green MH, Ford JL, Green JB, Berry P, Boddy AV, Oxley A, Lietz G. A Retinol Isotope Dilution Equation Predicts Both Group and Individual Total Body Vitamin A Stores in Adults Based on Data from an Early Postdosing Blood Sample. J Nutr 2016;146:2137-42.

Courses TAed:
Nutrient Metabolism I
Nutrition seminar
Mathematical Modeling in Nutrition


Bari Fuchs, Ph.D. Student

Bari Fuchs

Advisor: Kathleen Keller

baf44@psu.edu

Research interests:
Understanding the psychological and neurobiological mechanisms influencing eating behaviors in children and adolescents.

Education:
BS (Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology) - Emory University

Awards:
John A. Milner Endowment


Shue Huang

Shue Huang

Advisor: Dr. Xiang Gao and Dr. Gregory Shearer

sph5357@psu.edu

Research interests:
Nutritional Epidemiology focusing on cardiology

Education:
B Med, Preventive Medicine, Sichuan University, 2006
M Med., Nutrition and Food Hygiene, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Awards/honors/scholarships:
Excellence in Graduate Recruitment (FEGR) Award (2015-2016)
Penn State Department of Nutritional Sciences Travel Award,2016 Fall

Recent Publications:
1. Zhe Huang, Shue Huang, Hongliang Cong, Zheng Li, Junjuan Li, Kathleen L Keller, Gregory C. Shearer, Penny M Kris-Etherton, Shouling Wu, Xiang Gao. Smell and taste dysfunction are associated with higher total cholesterol concentrations in Chinese adults. Journal of Nutrition. 2017, 147(8):1546-1551.

2. Shue Huang, Li Junjuan, Gregory C. Shearer, Alice H. Lichtenstein, Xiaoming Zheng, Yuntao Wu, Cheng Jin, Shouling Wu, and Xiang Gao. Longitudinal study on alcohol consumption and HDL concentrations: a community-based study. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2017; 105:1-8

3. Timothy D. O’Connell, Robert C. Block, Shue Huang, Gregory C. Shearer. ω3-Polyunsaturated fatty acids for heart failure: Effects of dose on efficacy and novel signaling through free fatty acid receptor 4. Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology. 2017;103:74-92.

4. Wang Z, Huang S, Zhao Y, Zhao W, Liang X. [Role of vaccination in chronic disease prevention and control]. Zhonghua Yu Fang Yi Xue Za Zhi. 2015 Aug;49(8):757-60. Chinese. PubMed PMID: 26733040.

Courses TAed:
NUTR456 Community Nutrition, 2016 Fall
NUTR446 Nutrient Metabolism II, 2017 Fall


Emily Johnston, MPH, RD, CDE

Emily Johnston

Advisor: Dr. Penny Kris-Etherton

exj22@psu.edu

Research interests:
Nutrition education for medical students and residents; diabetes prevention and management

Education:
BS: (Nutrition) UNC Greensboro
MPH: Rutgers University

Awards/honors/scholarships:
Penn State 2017 Summer Translational Science Fellowship
John A Milner Endowment: Travel Funding

Recent Publications:
Johnston E, Beasley J, Jay M, et al. Practical Nutrition for the Primary Care Provider. iBook. Published November 29, 2017.
Johnston E, Mitchell, L, George, M. Kids with Food Allergies in an invaluable resource for nutrition counselors working with parents of children with food allergies; Presented at National WIC Association Conference.
Davidson P, Johnston E. Crowdsourcing 101: Implications for Healthcare Providers On the Cutting Edge, Diabetes Care and Education. 2016; 37(2): 33-38.

Courses TAed:
Nutrition 453


Yaqi Li, Ph.D. Student

Yaqi Li

Advisor: Dr. A. Catharine Ross

yxl277@psu.edu

Research interests:
Vitamin A in infection and immunity

Education:
BS (Applied Biological Science)- Zhejiang University, China


Yi-Hsuan (Lisa) Liu, MS, RD

Lisa Liu

Advisor: Drs. Xiang Gao and Gordon Jensen

yxl476@psu.edu

Research interests:
Dietary patterns and health outcomes in older adults

Education:
B.S. (Nutrition and Health Sciences)- Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan
Dietetic Internship- Taipei Medical University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan
M.S. (Human Nutrition)- The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Awards/honors/scholarships:
American Society for Nutrition and North America Chinese Society for Nutrition Travel Award (2017)
Finalist, Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Poster Competition, Experimental Biology 2017
Graham Endowed Fellowship, Penn State Graduate School (2016-2017)

Courses TAed:
NUTR 452- Nutritional Aspects of Disease (Fall 2017)


Chaoran Ma

Chaoran Ma

Advisor: Dr. Xiang Gao

cvm5720@psu.edu

Research interests:
Nutritional Epidemiology
Neuroepidemiology

Education:
B Med: (Clinical Medicine) Xi'an Jiaotong University, China
M Med: (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) Xi'an Jiaotong University, China

Awards/honors/scholarships:
Penn State Graduate Exhibition Awards – Second Place, 2017
Penn State Department of Nutritional Sciences Travel Award, 2017
America Society for Nutrition and North America Chinese Society for Nutrition Travel Award, 2016
Finalist at Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Poster Competition of Experimental Biology, 2016
Excellence in Graduate Recruitment (FEGR) Award (2015-2016)

Recent Publications:
Ma C, Pavlova M, Li J, et al. Alcohol consumption and probable REM sleep behavior disorder: a community-based study. Neurology 2018; In press.
Ma C, Pavlova M, Liu Y, et al. Probable REM sleep behavior disorder and risk of stroke: A prospective study. Neurology 2017; 88(19):1849-1855.
Ma C, Yin Z, Zhu P, et al. Blood cholesterol in late-life and cognitive decline: a longitudinal study of the Chinese elderly. Mol Neurodegener 2017; 12(1):24.
Ma C, Liu Y, Neumann S, et al. Nicotine from cigarette smoking and diet and Parkinson Disease: a review. Transl Neurodegener 2017; 6:18.
Ma C, Bai L, Lei C, et al. Predictors of visual and anatomical outcomes for neovascular age-related macular degeneration treated with bevacizumab. Biomed Rep 2015; 3:503-508

Courses TAed:
NUTR 452 Nutritional Aspects of Disease, Spring 2017
NUTR 445 Nutrient Metabolism I, Spring 2018


Travis Masterson

Travis Masterson

Advisor: Dr. Kathleen Keller

tpm5262@psu.edu

Research interests:
Food Marketing, fMRI, Eating Behavior, Pediatrics.

Education:
BS: (Excercise Science) Brigham Young University
MS: (Exercise Science) Brigham Young University

Awards/Honors/Scholarships:
2017 Grace M Henderson Graduate Scholarship – The Pennsylvania State University
2017 Rolls-Simons Travel Grant Award (The Obesity Society)
2016 Penn State, Nutritional Sciences, Department Travel Award

2015 – 2016 Graham Endowed Fellowship - The Pennsylvania State University
2015 Professional Development Endowment Award – ThePennsylvania State University – College of Health and Human Development
2015 Outstanding Graduate Student Award 2015 – Brigham Young University – Department of Exercise Sciences
2014 Mary Lou Fulton Conference Award – Outstanding Presentation

Recent Publications:
1. Masterson, T.D., Kirwan, C.B., Davidson, L.E. et al. “Brain reactivity to visual food stimuli after moderate-intensity exercise in children” Brain Imaging and Behavior. 2017.
2. LeCheminant JD, Merrill RM, Masterson TD. “Changes in behaviors and outcomes among school-based employees in a wellness program.” Health Promotion Practice. 2017.
3. Fearnbach SN, Masterson TD, Schlechter HA, Loken E, Downs DS, Thivel D, Keller KL. “Perceived exertion is associated with children’s post-exercise ad libitum energy intake.” Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 2016.
4. Fearnbach SN, Masterson TD, Schlechter HA, Ross AJ, Rykaczewski MJ, Loken E, Downs DS, Thivel D, Keller KL. “Impact of imposed exercise on ad libitum energy intake in children at risk for overweight.” Nutrition Journal, 15(1), 92. 2016.
5. Masterson TD, Kirwan CB, Davidson LE, LeCheminant JD. “Neural reactivity to visual food stimuli is reduced in some areas of the brain during evening hours compared to morning: an fMRI study in women”. Brain Imaging and Behavior. 2015 Mar.
6. LeCheminant JD, Merrill RM, Masterson T. “Health behaviors and work-related outcomes among school employees. American Journal of Health Behavior”. 2015 Mar; 39(3):345-351.
7. Larson MJ, LeCheminant JD, Hill K, Carbine K, Masterson T, Christenson E. “Cognitive and typing outcomes measured simultaneously with slow treadmill walking or sitting: implications for treadmill desks”. PLOS One. 2015; 10(4):e0121309.
8. Larson MJ, LeCheminant JD, Carbine K, Hill K, Christenson E, Masterson T, LeCheminant R. “Slow walking on a treadmill desk does not negatively affect executive abilities: An examination of cognitive control, conflict adaptation, response inhibition, and post-error slowing”. Frontiers in Psychology. 2015 May; 6: 723.

Courses TAed:
Macronutrient Metabolism
Life Cycle Nutrition

Courses Taught (as the instructor of record):
Nutrition 100


Ester Soojung Oh

Ester Oh

Advisor: Dr. Connie Rogers

sxo35@psu.edu

Research interests:
The effects of nutritional factors on inflammation and immune regulation.

Education:
B.S. (Nutritional Science & Food Management) - Ewha Womans University, South Korea
M.S. (Nutritional Science & Food Management) - Ewha Womans University, South Korea

Awards/honors/scholarships:
Clinical and Translational Science NIH fellowship: 2017-2018

Recent Publications:
Oh S., Lee, MS., Jung S., Kim, S., Park, H., Park S., Kim S., Kim, CT., Jo YH., Kim, IH., Kim, YH. Ginger extract increases muscle mitochondrial biogenesis and serum HDL-cholesterol level in high-fat diet-fed rats. J Funct Foods, 2017; 29:193-200.


Ruth Adisetu Pobee MPhil.

Ruth Pobee

Advisor: Dr. Laura Murray-Kolb

rap281@psu.edu

Research interests:

  • Understanding the relation between iron status and psychosocial wellbeing (depression, anxiety, quality of life) among women during pregnancy
  • Micronutrient fortification and food product development for infant nutrition

Education:
BSc. Food Science and Nutrition: University of Ghana
MPhil Nutrition: University of Ghana

Awards/honors/scholarships:

  • Africana Research Grant Award, 2017/18
  • John Beard Endowment Award, 2017/18
  • AAUW 2016/17 Fellowship Award
  • Borlaug Fellowship Award (2013 Feed the Future Fellow), Penn State
  • 2012 EU-ACP Sponsorship for Food system, University of Abomey Calavi, Benin.
  • NUFFIC Fellowship Award, 2012. Wageningen University

Recent Publications:
Anang D. A., Pobee, R. Antwi A. E., Atter, A. Obeng, E. M and J. T. Boateng."Nutritional, Microbial and Sensory Attributes of Bread Fortified with Defatted Watermelon Seed Flour" 2018, International Journal of Food Science and Technology

Pobee Ruth Adisetu, Akonor Paa Toah and Bonsi Eunice. "Orange-fleshed sweet potato based complementary food provides sufficient vitamin A for infants aged 6-12 months." African Journal of Food Science 11, no. 7 (2017): 215-222.

Pobee RA, Johnson PNT, Akonor PT, SE Buckman (2017). Nutritional, Pasting and Sensory Properties of a weaning food from Rice (Oryza Sativa). Soybeans (Glycine max) and Kent Mango (Mangifera Indica) flour blends. Afr. J. Food Agric. Nutr. Dev 2017; 17(1):11533-11551.

Pobee, Ruth Adisetu, Hannah Oduro-Obeng, Paa-Nii Torgbor Johnson, and Paa Toah Akonor 2017. Complementary Foods from Rice and Six Other Ghanaian Food Ingredients Provide Sufficient Macro and Micronutrients for Infants 6-12 Mo of Age. Journal of Food and Nutrition Sciences 5(3): 79.

Akonor PT, Pobee RA, Buckman SE, GR Ziegler (2015). Effect of added Purple-Fleshed Sweet Potato and Cassava Flour on the Quality of Wheat-Based Biscuits. Nigerian Food Journal NIFOJ VOL.33 No. 3 pp 106-115.

Pobee R. A. Plahar W. A. Owusu W. B (2013) “Prevalence of obesity among Female teachers of Child-bearing age in Ghana”-Manuscript submitted to AJFAND vol. 13 No. 3 pp 7820-7838.

Pobee R. A. Plahar W. A. Owusu W. B (2013) Association between Anthropometry and Blood Pressure among female teachers of child-bearing age in Ghana. Journal of Biology, Agriculture and Health Science IISTE Vol. 3 No. 3. Pp 197-208.

Courses TAed:
NUTR 425: Global Nutrition Problem: Health, Science and Ethics


Nicole Reigh, Ph.D Student

Nicole Reigh

Advisor: Dr. Kathleen Keller

nar5235@psu.edu

Research interests:
The development of evidence-based interventions to prevent childhood obesity and understanding the various factors that influence children’s compensation ability during meals.

Education:
B.S. (Nutritional Sciences)- The Pennsylvania State University


Cara Ruggiero, RD, Ph.D Student

Cara Ruggiero

Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Savage Williams

cfr8@psu.edu

Research interests:
Mixed methods research to design family-based childhood obesity prevention interventions in low income communities focusing on child feeding and growth during the first few years of life.

Education:
BS (Dietetics) University of Delaware
RD (Dietetic Internship) University of Maryland Medical Center

Recent Publications:
Sato, P. M., Steeves, E. A., Carnell, S., Cheskin, L. J., Trude, A. C., Shipley, C., . . . Gittelsohn, J. (2016). A youth mentor-led nutritional intervention in urban recreation centers: A promising strategy for childhood obesity prevention in low-income neighborhoods. Health Education Research, 31(2), 195-206. doi:10.1093/her/cyw011 [doi]

Yamaguchi, M., Steeves, E. A., Shipley, C., Hopkins, L. C., Cheskin, L. J., & Gittelsohn, J. (2016). Inconsistency between self-reported energy intake and body mass index among urban, african-american children. PloS One, 11(12), e0168303. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0168303 [doi]

Schwendler, T., Shipley, C., Budd, N., Trude, A., Surkan, P. J., Anderson Steeves, E., . . . Gittelsohn, J. (2017). Development and implementation. Health Promotion Practice, , 1524839917696716. doi:10.1177/1524839917696716 [doi]

Trude, A. C. B., Anderson Steeves, E., Shipley, C., Surkan, P. J., Sato, P. M., Estep, T., . . . Gittelsohn, J. (2017). A youth-leader program in baltimore city recreation centers: Lessons learned and applications. Health Promotion Practice, , 1524839917728048. doi:10.1177/1524839917728048 [doi]

Perepezko, K., Tingey, L., Sato, P., Rastatter, S., Ruggiero, C., & Gittelsohn, J. (2017). Partnering with carryouts: Implementation of a food environment intervention targeting youth obesity. Health Education Research, doi:10.1093/her/cyx078 [doi]

Gittelsohn, J., Trude, A. C., Poirier, L., Ross, A., Ruggiero, C., Schwendler, T., & Anderson Steeves, E. (2017). The impact of a multi-level multi-component childhood obesity prevention intervention on healthy food availability, sales, and purchasing in a low-income urban area. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(11), 10.3390/ijerph14111371. doi:E1371 [pii]

Ross, A., Krishnan, N., Ruggiero, C., Kerrigan, D., & Gittelsohn, J. (2017). A mixed methods assessment of the barriers and readiness for meeting the SNAP depth of stock requirements in baltimore's small food stores. Ecology of Food and Nutrition, , 1-15. doi:10.1080/03670244.2017.1416362 [doi]


Alissa Smethers MS, RDN, Ph.D Student

Advisor: Dr. Barbara Rolls

azm243@psu.edu

Research interests:
Obesity prevention with emphasis on portion size and energy density

Education:
B.S. (Biology) - Juniata College
M.S (Nutrition) - Marywood University
Coordinated Internship Program in Nutrition and Dietetics- Marywood University 2012

Awards/honors/scholarships:
Early Career Education Theater Award, Top Poster Presentation Winner, Obesity Week 2016
Top 10 Abstract Award for the Clinical Management Section, Obesity Week 2016
Top 10 Abstract Award for the Pediatric Obesity Section, Obesity Week 2016
USDA Childhood Obesity Prevention Training Fellowship
Grace M. Henderson Graduate Scholarship
Excellence in Graduate Recruitment Award

Recent Publications:
Smethers AD, Rolls BJ (2018). Dietary Management of Obesity: Cornerstones of Healthy Eating Patterns, Med Clin N Am. 102(1):107-124.

Courses TAed:
NUTR 453- Diet in Diease
NUTR 452- Nutritional Aspects of Disease


Alyssa Spaw, Ph.D. Student

Alyssa Spaw

Advisor:
Dr. Barbara Rolls

ads27@psu.edu

Research interests:
The psychological mechanisms behind the portion size effect, portion size choice, and how energy density in the standard American diet influences weight regulation in human populations.

Education:
B.S. (Psychology) – Pennsylvania State University

Awards/honors/scholarships/fellowships/grants:
USDA Childhood Obesity Prevention Training Program Fellow


Anita Subramanian

Anita Subramanian

Advisor: Dr. Alison Gernand

afs5465@psu.edu

Research interests:
Understanding the role of vitamin D during pregnancy and its effect on pregnancy outcomes and association with placental growth.

Education:
BA: (Nutrition) College of St. Benedict
MS: (Dietetics and Food Service Management) Indira Gandhi National Open University, India
Dietetic Internship: Dr. B.L. Kapur Super Specialty Hospital, New Delhi, India

Awards/honors/scholarships/fellowships/grants:
Ruth L.Pike Scholarship in Basic Nutrition Science (2016-2017)
Excellence in Graduate Recruitment (FEGR) Award (2015-2016)
UGC-NET, qualified for eligibility of Assistant Professor, June 2014, India

Courses TAed:
NUTR 425: Global Nutrition Problems: Health, Science and Ethics
NUTR 451: Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle


Valerie Sullivan

Valerie Sullivan

Advisor: Dr. Penny Kris-Etherton

vks5014@psu.edu

Research interests:
The effects of whole foods and their nutritional components on cardiometabolic risk factors.

Education:
B.S. Nutritional Sciences - Schreyer Honors College, Penn State University
Dietetic Internship: Sodexo Allentown

Awards/honors/scholarships/fellowships/grants:
College of Health and Human Development Alumni Recognition for Student Excellence (2011)
College of Health and Human Development Honors Scholarship (2007-2011)


Alyssa Tindall, RDN

Alyssa Tindall

Advisor: Dr. Penny Kris-Etherton

amt5284@psu.edu

Research interests:
Exploration of whole foods, nutrients, and bioactives in reducing cardiovascular disease risk factors

Education:
BS: (Nutrition) Penn State University
Dietetic Internship: Penn State University

Awards/honors/scholarships/fellowships/grants:
John A. Milner Endowment Award: FA 2017
Penn State CTSI TL1 Predoctoral Fellowship: FA/SP 2016-2017
Excellence in Graduate Recruitment (FEGR) award: FA/SP 2015-2016

Courses TAed:
NUTR 451 (Nutrition throughout the life cycle): Fall 2016
NUTR 453 (Diet in disease): Fall 2015, 2016; Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018
NUTR 391 (Introduction to professional nutrition experience)

Interim instructor for NUTR 386 (Managing quality in food and nutrition services)


Hannah VanEvery, Ph.D Student

Hannah Van Every

Advisor: Dr. Connie Rogers

hqv5028@psu.edu

Research interests:
The role of nutritional factors in gut health, inflammation, and immune function.

Education:
BS: (Chemical & Biological Engineering) Iowa State University

Awards/honors/scholarships/fellowships/grants:
University Graduate Fellowship
Penn State CTSI TL1 Predoctoral Fellowship Award
John A. Milner Endowment

Recent Publications:
Aurigemma N, Koltun KJ, VanEvery H, Rogers CJ, De Souza MJ. Linking the gut microbiota to bone health in anorexia nervosa. Current Osteoporosis Reports, in press. (2017)

Courses Taught:
NUTR 446 (TA: Spring 2017)
NUTR 445 (TA: Spring 2018)


Rachel Walker, MS, Ph.D. Student

Rachel Walker

Advisor: Dr. Greg Shearer

Research interests:
The role of lipids, lipoproteins, and lipid metabolism on initiation and resolution of inflammatory processes and diseases. Mechanisms by which lipids initiate or resolve chronic diseases and inflammation. Maternal nutrition and inflammation and its effect on child nutrition through lactation.

Education:
BS (Biology Education) Penn State University
MS (Exercise Science and Wellness) Old Dominion University

Awards/honors/scholarships:
Penn State Nutritional Sciences Ruth Pike Graduate Fellowship Award (2018)
ATVB Travel Award for Young Investigators, AHA Scientific Sessions (2016)
Penn State Graduate School Graham Fellowship (2014-2015)
Excellence in Graduate Recruitment (FEGR) Award (2014-2015)
Old Dominion University Graduate Award in Exercise Science and Wellness (2011)

Recent Publications:
Walker RE, Swain DP, Ringleb SI, Colberg SR. Effect of added mass on treadmill performance and pulmonary function. J Strength Cond Res. 2015 Apr; 29(4):882-8.
Singh V, Chassaing B, Zhang L, Yeoh BS, Xiao X, Kumar M, Baker MT, Cai J, Walker R, Borkowski K, Harvatine KJ, Singh N, Shearer GC, Ntambi JM, Joe B, Patterson AD, Gewirtz AT, Vijay-Kumar M. Microbiota-dependent hepatic lipogenesis mediated by stearoyl CoA desaturase 1 (SCD1) promotes metabolic syndrome in TLR5-deficient mice. Cell Metabolism. 2015 Oct; 22(6):983-96.

Courses Taught:
NUTR 445 – Macronutrient Metabolism (TA: Spring 2015)
NUTR 100 – Contemporary Nutrition Concerns (Instructor: Spring 2016)


Courtney Whalen, Ph.D. Student

Courtney Whalen

Advisor: Dr. A. Catharine Ross

caw400@psu.edu

Research interests:
The impact of B vitamins and methionine on the development of atherosclerosis, a main cause of cardiovascular disease.

Education:
BA (Biology) – Emmanuel College


Xia Xiao, Ph.D Student

Xia Xiao

Advisor: Dr. M. Vijay Kumar

xzx107@psu.edu

Research interests:
Roles of lipocalin 2

Education:
B.S. in Nutrition Science—Colorado State University


Faris M. Zuraikat, Ph.D. Student

Faris Zuraikat

Advisor: Dr. Barbara J. Rolls

fmz105@psu.edu

Research interests:
Interested in examining how the built food environment, satiety, and food qualities, such as portion size and energy density, can influence eating behaviors and energy consumption in adults and children.

Education:
BA (psychology) – St. Bonaventure University

Awards/honors/scholarships:
USDA Childhood Obesity Prevention Training Program Fellow
Ruth L. Pike Graduate Fellowship Award (2017-18)
Graham Fellow (2014-15)
FEGR Award winner (2014-15)

Recent Publications:
Zuraikat, F.M., Sanchez, C., Roe, L.S. & Rolls, B.J. (2018). Comparing the portion size effect in women with and without extended training in portion control: a follow-up to the Portion-Control Strategies Trial. Appetite, in press.
Zuraikat, F.M., Roe, L.S., Privitera, G.J. & Rolls, B.J. (2016). Increasing the size of portion options affects intake but not portion selection at a meal. Appetite, 98, 95-100.
Privitera, G. J., Phillips, T.E., Zuraikat, F.M. & Paque, R. (2015). Emolabeling increases healthy food choices among grade school children in a structured grocery aisle setting. Appetite, 92, 173-177.
Privitera, G. J. & Zuraikat, F. M. (2014). Proximity of foods in a competitive food environment influences consumption of a low calorie and a high calorie food. Appetite, 76, 175-179.

Courses TAed:
Nutrition 452
Nutrition 410