Education: PhD, Nutrition & Food Sciences, Texas Woman’s University (2005); Postdoctoral training, UC Davis Medical Center (2006); faculty appointment, Nutritional Sciences, Oklahoma State University, 2006-present.
Awards received: Marguerite Scruggs Award for meritorious early career research in Human Environmental Sciences, Oklahoma State University, Spring 2009; Best poster award (2008)- American College of Nutrition, 49th Annual Meeting, Advances in Clinical Nutrition, Arlington, VA, 2008, and several other faculty awards; 30 peer-reviewed original research publications and abstracts.
My teaching and research interests focus on the role of functional foods and phytochemical-based dietary supplements in reducing risks and complications of diabetes and related cardiovascular diseases. My research group conducts clinical trials on food and beverage-based phytochemicals such as, green tea, berries, and pomegranate extracts in subjects with metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes, examining their effects on biomarkers of antioxidant status and inflammation. We also implement dietary intervention programs in high risk populations such as pregnant women with gestational diabetes.