Education: PhD, Nutrition & Food Sciences, Texas Woman’s University (2005); Postdoctoral training, UC Davis Medical Center; Registered Dietitian (RD);faculty appointment in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, Oklahoma State University (OSU) since 2006. Currently, Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Nutritional Sciences, UNLV.
Awards received: Marguerite Scruggs Award for meritorious early career research in Nutritional Sciences, Oklahoma State University (2009); Best Poster Award (2008 & 2013) American College of Nutrition (ACN) annual conference; Best Poster Award (2005 & 2006) American Society for Nutrition (ASN) annual conference; 58 peer-reviewed original research publications and abstracts.
My teaching and research interests focus on the role of functional foods and phytochemical-based nutraceuticals in reducing risks and complications of diabetes and related cardiovascular conditions. My research group conducts controlled human intervention studies on food and beverages of medicinal health effects such as, green tea, berries, and pomegranate extracts in participants with the metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. We are specifically interested in examining effects on traditional and emerging biomarkers in the clinical progression of diabetes and CVD as modulated by functional foods and phytochemicals.