Banaz Al-Khalidi, MSc, Doctoral Student, York University,
Professional Goals: My long-range goal is to advance my doctoral
research in academia and become a community researcher to promote
healthy lifestyle practices through social enterprise.
Research Interests: My research interests span across
multidisciplinary fields of nutrition, physical activity and
obesity epidemiology, with a focus on studying the interactions of
built environment and lifestyle exposures on weight, physical
activity, and health status.
Meghan Anderson, MS, Student, Medical University of South
Professional Goals: I am looking into internal medicine. I
would love to have an active role in basic science as well as
clinical research related to nutrition.
Research Interests: My research interests involve the role of
clean eating and vegan/vegetarian diets in healing, disease and
overall health. In contrast I would like to see how processed
foods, high meat/salt/fat intake affects healing, disease and
Mayra S. Crespo Bellido, Dietetics Intern, University of Puerto
Professional Goals: Successfully complete the Dietetic Internship
Program at the University of Puerto Rico-Medical Sciences campus to
obtain the Registered Dietitian credential. My long-term goals are
to continue graduate studies and become an educator, writer and
researcher in Nutritional Epidemiology in order to help improve the
health of the Puerto Rican and Latino population.
Research Interests: HIV progression and nutritional status,
nutrition education for Nutrition majors, and nutritional status of
Puerto Ricans and heart disease.
Debbie Fetter, Doctoral Student, University of
Professional Goals: My ultimate goal is to design and implement
school-based nutrition education programs that would decrease risk
for chronic disease through positive changes in nutrition and
lifestyle. I also want to collaborate on policies geared towards
making nutritious food more accessible and affordable.
Research Interests: Nutrition education and utilizing social media
to promote longevity of healthy eating habits and behaviors.
Kevin Klatt, Doctoral Student, Cornell University
Professional Goals: My professional goals are to become a PhD/RD
working in the field of Nutrigenomics- understanding how genes
affect nutrient requirements and how nutrients alter gene
expression are quite interesting research questions and are
critical to integrating a rigorous systems biology approach into
Apart from research, I thoroughly enjoy teaching nutritional
sciences and enabling students to apply scientific principles and
critical thinking to clinical situations. A growing passion of mine
has become disseminating scientific information through scientific
writing and advocating for science wherever I can; this is
something I hope to continue doing throughout my professional
Brett Loman, Dietetic Intern/Graduate Student, University of
Professional Goals: I currently aspire to become a professor at a
major research university, but wouldn't mind a stint in industry to
get a full understanding of both sides of the coin. I enjoy both
sharing what I have already learned through teaching and learning
new information through research. I value working with an
interdisciplinary team to solve health-related problems.
Research Interests: My research focuses on the interaction between
the intestinal epithelium and intestinal microbiota, specifically
the stimulation of intestinal adaptation through the use of pre-
and probiotic therapies and short-chain fatty acid production of
microbial species during intestinal failure.
Marion Roche, PhD, MPH, Postdoc, Micronutrient
At the Micronutrient Initiative in Ottawa, Canada, I lead the
organization in designing and evaluating innovative approaches to
increasing coverage and utilization of nutrition interventions to
improve the quality of life and maternal and child survival.
received a PhD from McGill University.
My current research experience and interests are in quantitative
and qualitative implementation research of micronutrient
interventions and span the globe with projects in India, Nepal,
Bangladesh, Guatemala, Bolivia, Peru, Senegal, and
Sheela Sinharoy, MPH, Doctoral Student, Emory
Professional Goals: I hope to work for a large funder or research
institution in order to have a role in shaping global nutrition
Research Interests: I am interested in implementation/delivery
science focusing on maternal and child undernutrition in developing
countries. Having started my academic career in the social
sciences, I am especially interested in contextual factors such as
women's empowerment and their relationship with nutrition.
Tiffanie Stewart, MSc, Doctoral Student, Florida International
Professional Goals: My professional goal is to manage sustainable
research projects that improve communities through science. My
current research interest is studying the factors affecting liver
fibrosis in HIV. This is also the topic of my dissertation.