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Saydee Adams

 

Saydee Adams

Degree program: M.S.

Dietetic Intern

 

Advisor: Dr. Deana Hildebrand

Research interests: My research interests include community nutrition and policy, systems and environmental changes to decrease the prevalence of obesity, especially in rural communities.

 

Degree  Institution Area of Study
B.S.        Oklahoma State
University
Nutritional Sciences - Dietetics

 

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Sanmi Emmanuel Alake

Degree program: Ph.D.

Dietetic Intern

 

Advisor: Dr. Edralin Lucas

Research interests: The interplay of bioactive foods and gut microbiota as well as the resultant effect on immunoresponse in cardiovascular disorders.

 

Degree  Institution Area of Study
M.S. University of Ibadan (Nigeria) Biochemistry (Molecular Drug Metabolism and Toxicology)
B.S. (Hons)  Ekiti State University (Nigeria) Biochemistry
  • Publications
    • Adedara IA, Alake SE, Adeyemo MO, Olajide LO, Ajibade TO, Farombi EO (2018) Taurine enhances spermatogenic function and antioxidant defense mechanisms in testes and epididymis of L-NAME-induced hypertensive rats. Journal of Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy 9, 181-189.
    • Adedara IA, Alake SE, Adeyemo MO, Olajide LO, Ajibade TO, Farombi EO (2019) Taurine ameliorates thyroid hypofunction and renal injury in L-NAME-induced hypertensive rats. Drug Res (Stuttg) 69(2):83-92 Doi: 10.1055/a-0643-4604.

 

Katy Argo

 

Katy Argo

Degree Program: M.S.

 

Advisor: Dr. Deana Hildebrand

Research interest: My current research interests is how nutrition and certain diets can help be effective in varying conditions and diseases; mostly relating to cardiovascular health.

 

 

Degree  Institution Area of Study
B.S.  Oklahoma State University Nutritional Sciences- Dietetics

 

Jamie Baham

 

Jamie Baham

Degree Program: M.S.

 

Advisor: Dr. Sam Emerson

Research interest: My research interests include the impact of nutrition in oncology prevention and care, particularly during treatment. I also desire to reduce the chronic disease burden in my community by providing evidence-based nutrition and cooking instruction.

Degree  Institution Area of Study
B.S.  Oklahoma State University Nutritional Sciences- Dietetics

 

Cameron Cardona

 

Cameron Cardona

Degree Program: Ph.D.

 

Advisor: Dr. McKale Montgomery

Research interest: My main research interest is the effect of genetic differences on cellular metabolism and the mechanisms by which these differences occur.

 

 

Degree  Institution Area of Study
B.S.  Texas A&M University-Kingsville Human Nutrition

 

Emily Carley

 

Emily Carley

Degree Program: M.S.

 

Advisor: Dr. Deana Hildebrand

Research interest: My interests consist of mostly malabsorption of nutrients, the microbiome, and oncology.

 

 

Degree  Institution Area of Study
B.S.  Oklahoma State University Nutrition

 

Natalie Carr

 

Natalie Carr

Degree Program: M.S.

 

Advisor: Dr. Deana Hildebrand

Research interest: Chronic diseases, behavioral nutrition, and gut health.

 

 

Degree  Institution Area of Study
B.S.  Oklahoma State University Nutritional Sciences - Dietetics

 

Jessica Craigmile

 

Jessica Craigmile

Degree program: M.S.

 

Advisor: Dr. Deana Hildebrand

Research interests:

My research interests include the prevalence of eating disorders amongst athletes, prevention of eating disorders, as well as prevention of obesity.

 

Degree  Institution Area of Study
B.A. Southwest Minnesota State University Psychology
B.S. (Hons)  Minnesota State University, Mankato Family Consumer Science- Dietetics

 

Kayla Cuba

 

Kayla Cuba

Degree Program: M.S.

 

Advisor: Dr. Allison Hepworth

Research interest: My research focuses on the benefits and risks associated with the baby-led weaning method, especially with regard to dietary intake.

 

 

Degree  Institution Area of Study
B.S.  Oklahoma State University Nutritional Sciences - Dietetics

 

Alixandra Fariss

 

Alixandra Fariss

Degree Program: M.S.

 

Advisor: Dr. Deana Hildebrand

Research interest: Maternal and early childhood nutrition, but more specifically how certain nutrients impact us while in the womb into later life.

 

Degree  Institution Area of Study
B.S.  Oklahoma State University Nutritional Sciences - Dietetics

 

Pameal Gonzalez-Sanchez

 

Pamela Gonzalez-Sanchez

Degree Program: M.S.

 

Advisor: Dr. Deana Hildebrand

Research interest: I’d like to continue the research path I started in Mexico on Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Even I’m also interested in aging and age-associated diseases.

 

Degree  Institution Area of Study
B.S.  Universidad de las Américas Puebla Clinical Biochemistry
M.S. Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla Clinical Nutrition

 

Ashton Greer

 

Ashton Greer

Degree Program: M.S.

 

Advisor: Dr. Jill Joyce

Research interest: My research interests involve sports nutrition and more specifically, the association among a vegetarian diet and endurance performance in adults. I am also interested in researching about the nutritional concerns of tactical athletes.

 

Degree  Institution Area of Study
B.S.  Oklahoma State University Nutritional Sciences - Dietetics

 

Michele Hale

 

Michele Hale

Degree Program: M.S.

 

Advisor: Dr. Deana Hildebrand

Research interest: My nutrition research interests include gerontology, epigenetics, neurodegenerative diseases, and community nutrition. My career goal is the utilization of preventive nutrition in the fight against neurodegenerative and age-related diseases. I hope to specialize in geriatric nutrition and obtain my CSG.

 

Degree  Institution Area of Study
B.S. Oklahoma Christian University Nutritional Sciences
Associate in Arts Tulsa Community College Liberal Arts
  • Awards, Honors and Scholarships
    Cum Laude: Oklahoma State University May 2020
    Phi Upsilon Omicron Honor Society Alpha Nu Chapter 2018-Present
    Service & Publicity Chair 2019-2020
    Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Alpha Zeta Alpha Chapter 2015-Present

 

Alli Hufnagel

 

Alli Hufnagel

Degree Program: M.S.

 

Advisor: Dr. Allison Hepworth

Research interest:My research focuses on understanding the association between religiosity and obesogenic dietary behaviors in young adults.

 

 

Degree  Institution Area of Study
B.S.  Oklahoma State University Nutritional Sciences - Dietetics

 

Proapa Islam

 

Proapa Islam

Degree Program: M.S.

 

Advisor: Dr. Brenda J. Smith

Research interest: I am interested in how bioactive components of fruits regulate bone remodeling by altering gut microbiota composition. Enrich commensal microbiota population causes increased metabolites production that has a positive effect on bone. Thus, it can play an important role in the prevention of osteoporosis, especially in elderly women.

 

Degree  Institution Area of Study
Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery Abdul Malek Ukil Medical College and Hospital Medicine and Sugery

 

Ashlea Braun

 

Hope Jandreau

Degree Program: M.S.

 

Advisor: Dr. Ashlea Braun

Research interest: My research interests include cancer incidence and prevention, and the use of motivational interviewing concepts in various health settings.

 

 

Degree  Institution Area of Study
B.S.  Oklahoma State University Nutritional Sciences - Dietetics
  • Awards, Honors and Scholarships
    • OSU College of Education and Human Sciences Outstanding Senior – Spring 2021
    • Winterfeldt Community Nutrition Foundation Scholarship

 

Danielle Johnson

 

Danielle Johnson

Degree program: M.S.

 

Advisor: Dr. Deana Hildebrand

Research interests: The impact of community nutrition education for prevention/management among those with chronic diseases such as Cancer.  As well as, the use of motivational interviewing to understand the behavioral habits behind our daily food choices via local community or social media influence.

 

Degree  Institution Area of Study
M.S. Oklahoma State University Nutritional Sciences- Dietetics
A.S. Tarrant County College Art

 

Bryant Keirns

 

Bryant Keirns

Degree Program: Ph.D. 

 

Advisor: Dr. Sam Emerson

Research interest: Identifying early cardiovascular disease risk factors in groups that appear to be at higher risk for cardiovascular disease long term (e.g., normal-weight obesity, metabolically healthy obesity).

The intersection between gut health and cardiovascular disease.

 

Degree  Institution Area of Study
M.S. Oklahoma State University Nutritional Sciences
B.S. Oklahoma Christian University Biology
  • Awards
    • Winterfeldt Graduate Research Fellowship (2021)
    • Second Place Poster Presentation Oklahoma Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Conference (2021)
    • Nutritional Sciences Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant (2021)
    • American Society for Nutrition Mars Inc. Predoctoral Fellowship (2020)
    • Esther Winterfeldt Summer Research Fellowship (2020)
    • Catlett-Hageman Endowed Graduate Fellowship in Nutritional Sciences (2020)
    • Human Sciences Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research Award (2019)
    • Human Sciences Seretean Scholarship Recipient (2017-2019)
  • Publications
    • Sciarrillo C, Koemel N. Keirns B, Banks N, Rogers E, Rosenkraz S, Kurti S, Jenkins N, Emerson S (July 2021). Who Would Benefit Most from Postprandial Lipid Screening? Clinical Nutrition, 40, 7, 4762-4771.
    • Keirns B, Hart S, Sciarrillo C, Poindexter K, Clarke S, Emerson S (June 2021). Postprandial Triglycerides, Flow-mediated Dilation, and the Inflammatory Cytokine Milieu in Metabolically Healthy Obesity: A Cross-Sectional Pilot Study. Obesities, 1, 58-71.
    • Sciarrillo C, Keirns B, Koemel N, Anderson K, Emerson S (January 2021). Fibroblast Growth Factor 19: Potential Modulation of Hepatic metabolism for the Treatment of Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. Liver International, 41, 894-904.
    • Sciarrillo C, Keirns B, Elliott D, Emerson S. The Effect of Black Coffee on Fasting Metabolic Markers and an Abbreviated Fat Tolerance Test. Clinical Nutrition ESPEN, 41, 439-442.
    • Ojo B, Lu P, Alake S, Keirns B, Anderson K, Galluci G, Hart M, Davila El-Rassi G, Ritchey J, Chowanadisai W, Lin D, Clarke S, Smith BJ, Lucas E. (February 2021). Pinto Beans Modulate the Gut Microbiome, Augment MHC II Protein and Antimicrobial Peptide Gene Expression in Mice Fed a Normal or Western-Style Diet. The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, 88, 108543.
    • Keirns B, Koemel N, Sciarrillo C, Anderson K, Emerson S (November 2020). Exercise and Intestinal Permeability: Another Form of Exercise-Induced Hormesis? American Journal of Physiology – Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology, 319, G512-G518.
    • Keirns B, Lucas E, Smith BJ. (November 2020). Phytochemicals Affect Th17 and Treg Cells and Gut Integrity: Implications on the Gut-Bone Axis. Nutrition Research, 83, 30-48.
    • Keirns B, Anderson K, Ojo B, Washburn K, Davila El-Rassi G, Lightfoot S, Carver B, Lucas E, Smith BJ. (November 2019). A Comparative Study of Modern and Heirloom Wheat on Indicators of Gastrointestinal Health. Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, 67, 14027-14037.

 

Joel Joshua Komakech

 

Joel Joshua Komakech

Degree Program: Ph.D.

 

Advisor: Dr. Barbara Stoecker

Research interests: My research interest area is in global nutrition. Specifically, he looks at community nutrition under areas of maternal, newborn, and child nutrition and health. Joel is studying behavioral change interventional approaches through social support networks, women’s empowerment, and their association with infant and young child feeding practices (IYCF), child growth, and maternal & child nutritional status.

 

Degree  Institution Area of Study
M.Sc. Oklahoma State University Nutrition
MPH International Health Sciences University, Uganda Public Health
B.Sc.  Kyambogo University, Kampala - Uganda Human Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Grants
    • The Nestlé Foundation; Training grant for small research. $20,000. Funded. Randomized control trial study titled “Peer groups to improve feeding practices and child nutrition in post-emergency settlements in Uganda”. January 2020 – January 2021.
  • Awards
    • 2020 - 2021 Recipient of the College of Education and Human Sciences Outstanding Research by a Graduate Student
    • 2020 - 2021 Recipient of the Nutritional Sciences department Outstanding Research by a Graduate Student
    • 2020 - 2021 Recipient of the Endowed International Nutritional Sciences Fellowship worth $3,000. College of Education and Human Sciences, Oklahoma State University
    • 2020 - 2021 Recipient of Ambrosio Family Fellowship worth $4,000. College of Education and Human Sciences, Oklahoma State University
    • Summer 2020 Recipient of Esther Winterfeldt Summer research fellowship 
    • 2020 - 2021 Recipient of Winterfeldt Community Nutrition Scholarship worth $2,000. College of Education and Human Sciences, Oklahoma State University
    • 2020 - 2021 Recipient of Ambrosio Family Fellowship worth $2,500. College of Education and Human Sciences, Oklahoma State University
    • 2019 - 2020 Recipient of Stephan M. and Kathleen A. Wilson Fellowship worth $2,000. College of Human Sciences, Oklahoma State University
    • 2018 - 2019 Recipient of Matthew 25:40 scholarship worth $2,500. College Studies & partnerships, Oklahoma State University
  • Publications
    • Rakotomanana Hasina., Walters N. Christine., Komakech J. Joel., Hildebrand A. Deana., Gates E. Gail., Thomas G David., Fawbush Fanjaniaina., & Stoecker, B. J. (2021) Fathers’ Involvement in Child Care Activities: Qualitative Findings from the Highlands of Madagascar. PloS one, 16(3), e0247112.
    • Walters, C. N., Rakotomanana, H., Komakech, J. J., & Stoecker, B. J. (2021). Maternal experience of intimate partner violence is associated with suboptimal breastfeeding practices in Malawi, Tanzania, and Zambia: insights from a DHS analysis. International Breastfeeding Journal, 16(1), 1-12.
    • Komakech J. Joel., & Hildebrand, D. A. (2020). The Association Between School Health Promotion Programs and School Wellness Policies. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 52(10), 970-974.
    • Rakotomanana, H., Komakech, J.J., Walters, C.N., Stoecker, B.J. (2020). The WHO and UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Indicators for Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene and Their Association with Linear Growth in Children 6 to 23 Months in East Africa. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 17, 6262. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17176262
    • Walters, C. N., Rakotomanana, H., Komakech, J. J., & Stoecker, B. J. (2019). Maternal determinants of optimal breastfeeding and complementary feeding and their association with child undernutrition in Malawi (2015–2016). BMC Public Health, 19(1), 1-12.

 

Kennedy Kroll

 

Kennedy Kroll

Degree program: M.S.

 

Advisor: Dr. Gena Wollenberg

Research interests: My research is on the prevalence of disordered eating in sorority and non-sorority college females.

 

 

 

Degree  Institution Area of Study
B.S. Oklahoma State University Nutritional Sciences

 

Su Jeong Lee

 

Crystal Lee

Degree program: Ph.D.

 

Advisor: Dr. Yoo Kim

Research interests: My research interest is

the effect of nutrient-gene interaction on aging associated diseases (Type 2 Diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease) by seeking molecular and cellular mechanisms of aging (cellular senescence with p53-p21-p16 signaling axis, dysbiosis and deregulated gut-brain nutrient sensing)

 

Degree  Institution Area of Study
B.S.  Kyung Hee University BIology
  • Awards, Honors and Scholarships
    • Dean’s list (cum laude) – Western Michigan University (2020)
    • Mosaic Scholarship (2020), Research Assistant Scholarship (2019), Learning Program Scholarship – Excellence in Study Program (2019) – Kyung Hee University
    • Mentoring Scholarship (2018), Excellence in Academic Performance Scholarship (2017), Language Skills Scholarship (2016) – Sungshin Women’s University
  • Publications
    • Chanjae Lee, Min K. Bae, Nakjun Choi, Su Jeong Lee, Sung-Jae Lee. (2021). Genome Plasticity by Insertion Sequences learned from a Case of Radiation-Resistant Bacterium Deinococcus geothermalis, Bioinformatics and Biology Insights, BBI-2021-0057.RV1 (In publication

 

Dayeon Lee

 

Dayeon Lee

Degree program: Ph.D.

 

Advisor: Dr. Yoo Kim

Research interests: My research interest is the roles of functional foods on age-related diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s Disease by investigating nutrients-gene interactions. I am also interested in the development of therapeutic potential ‘senolytics’ from functional foods to delay or prevent aging process.

 

Degree  Institution Area of Study
B.S.  Sejong University Food Science and Technology
M.s. Sejong University Food Science and Technology
  • Publications
    • Lee, D. Y., Chun, Y. S., Kim, J. K., Lee, J. O., Ku, S. K., & Shim, S. M. (2021). Curcumin attenuates sarcopenia in chronic forced exercise executed aged mice by regulating muscle degradation and protein synthesis with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 69(22), 6214-6228.
    • Lee, D. Y., Chun, Y. S., Kim, J. K., Lee, J. O., Lee, Y. J., Ku, S. K., & Shim, S. M. (2021). Curcumin ameliorated oxidative stress and inflammation-related muscle disorders in C2C12 myoblast cells. Antioxidants, 10(3),
    • Lee, D. , Oh, J. H., Uhm, J. T., Kim, I. H., Park, M. J., Moon, S. H., ... & Shim, S. M. (2020). Impact of acidity regulator and excipient nutrients on digestive solubility and intestinal transport of calcium from calcium phosphate and carbonate. Food & Function, 11(12), 10655-10664.
    • Choi, E. H., Lee, S. B., Lee, D. Y., Kim, G. T., Shim, S. M., & Park, T. S. (2019). Increased intestinal absorption of vitamin U in steamed graviola leaf extract activates nicotine detoxification. Nutrients, 11(6),
    • Choi, E. H., Lee, D. Y., Park, H. S., & Shim, S. M. (2019). Changes in the profiling of bioactive components with the roasting process in Lycium chinense leaves and the anti‐obesity effect of its bioaccessible fractions. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 99(9), 4482-4492.
    • Lee, , Seo, S. B., Lee, H. J., Park, T. S., & Shim, S. M. (2018). Using phytochemicals to investigate the activation of nicotine detoxification via upregulation of CYP2A6 in animal models exposed tobacco smoke condensate by intratracheal instillation. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2018.
    • Choi, E. H., Lee, D. Y., Kim, S., Chung, J. O., Choi, J. K., Joo, K. M., ... & Shim, S. M. (2017). Influence of flavonol-rich excipient food (onion peel and Dendropanax morbifera) on the bioavailability of green tea epicatechins in vitro and in vivo. Food & Function, 8(10), 3664-3674.

 

Natiezka Judith Lopez

 

Natiezka Judith Lopez

Degree program: M.S.

 

Advisor: Dr. Gena Wollenberg and Dr. Randolph Hubach

Research interests: I have worked 10+ years with women, infant, and pediatrics and want to continue furthering my education to improve the needs and health of these groups.  My goal is to help establish better programs in the community that can bridge the gap of poverty and health of women, infant, and pediatrics through nutrition and the use of functional medicine.

 

Degree  Institution Area of Study
B.S.  Northeastern State University Nutritional Science
M.A. Oral Roberts University Government/Pre-law

 

Megan Lowrie

 

Megan Lowrie

Degree program: Ph.D.

 

Advisor: Dr. Deana Hildebrand

Research interests: The area of research that I am interested in is child nutrition. I wanna research more on how children's nutrition differs from adults.

 

Degree  Institution Area of Study
Associates of Science Rose State College Science
B.S.  Oklahoma State University Nutritional Sciences - Dietetics
M.S. Oklahoma State University Dietetics Research

 

Peiran Lu

 

Peiran Lu

Degree program: Ph.D.

 

Advisor: Dr. Dingbo (Daniel) Lin

Research interests: Carotenoid and its metabolism in immune response and prevention of chronic disease

 

 

 

Degree  Institution Area of Study
M.S. Drexel University Food Science
B.S. Northwest A&F University Food Safety and Quality
  • Awards, Honors and Scholarships
    NACSN - New Hope Award in Nutrition June 2019
    ASN 2019 - Emerging Leader finalist; Travel Awardee June 2019
    Scholarship of the Institute of Food Technologists, Philadelphia Section April 2017
    Dean's Fellowship Award, Drexel University 2016-2017
    Outstanding Thesis of Undergraduate Students June 2015

 

Dylan Mehsling

 

Dylan Mehsling

Degree program: M.S.

 

Advisor: Dr. Deana Hildebrand

Research interests: My research interests include preventing, arresting, treating and reversal of heart disease through diet and lifestyle changes in the clinical and community setting.

 

Degree  Institution Area of Study
B.S. Oklahoma State University Dietetics

 

Jessica Orphan

 

Jessica Orphan

Degree program: M.S.

 

Advisor: Dr. Edralin Lucas

Research interests: I have a strong interest in functional foods. My research focuses on the impact of pulse consumption in bone and gut health, microbiome, and estrogen in post-menopausal women.

 

 

Degree  Institution Area of Study
B.S. College of the Ozarks Nutrition and Dietetics

 

Taylor Peabody

 

Taylor Peabody

Degree program: M.S.

 

Advisor: Dr. Jill Joyce

Research interests: My research interests include public health and community nutrition. I am currently conducting research related to cardiovascular disease risk and overall health in tactical athletes.

 

Degree  Institution Area of Study
B.S. University of Arkansas Human Nutrition and Dietetics
B.S. University of Arkansas Agricultural Business
M.S. Oklahoma State University Public Health
  • Awards, Honors and Scholarships
    • Recipient of the North Central District Dietetic Association Scholarship 2021
    • Arkansas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Outstanding Dietetics Student Award 2020
    • Recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award 2018 and 2019
    • Presidential Scholar 2018-2019
    • Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business Outstanding Student 2018-2019

 

Leo Perez

 

Leo Perez

Degree program: M.S.

 

Advisor: Dr. Brenda J. Smith

Research interests: My research interests lie in exploring the role / impact of bioactive components of functional foods in reducing risks for various metabolic and chronic diseases.

 

Degree  Institution Area of Study
B.S. Oklahoma State University Nutritional Sciences- Dietetics

 

Carley Robinson

 

Carley Robinson

Degree program: M.S.

 

Advisor: Dr. Deana Hildebrand

Research interests: Sports nutrition, chronic disease prevention and weight management.

 

 

 

 

Degree  Institution Area of Study
B.S. Oklahoma State University Dietetics

 

Kennedy Robinson

 

Kennedy Robinson

Degree program: M.S.

 

Advisor: Dr. Deana Hildebrand

Research interests: My research interests include community and public health interventions that can improve diet quality and overall health.

 

Degree  Institution Area of Study
B.S. Oklahoma State University Nutritional Sciences

 

Christina Sciarillo

 

Christina Sciarrillo

Degree program: Ph.D.

 

Advisor: Dr. Sam Emerson

Research interests: I am interested in understanding the role of triglycerides and obesity with regard to the development of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and other cardiometabolic diseases.

 

Degree  Institution Area of Study
B.S. University of Louisiana at Lafayette Dietetics
M.S. Oklahoma State University Nutritional Sciences
  • Awards, Honors and Scholarships
    • 2021 Esther Winterfeldt Research Fellowship – Department of Nutritional Sciences, Oklahoma State University ($2500) 
    • 2021 Winterfeldt Graduate Research Scholarship – College of Education and Human Sciences, Oklahoma State University ($2,325) 
    • 2020 Commission on Dietetics Registration Doctoral Scholarship – The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation ($10,000) 
    • 2020 Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduates in Research Award – College of Human Sciences, Oklahoma State University ($750) 
    • 2020 Winterfeldt Graduate Research Scholarship – College of Education and Human Sciences, Oklahoma State University ($2,000) 
    • 2019 Outstanding Masters Student – College of Human Sciences, Oklahoma State University ($500) 
    • 2018 2nd Place and People’s Choice Award – Oklahoma State University Wide 3-Minute Thesis Competition ($1750) 
    • 2018 2nd Place – College of Human Sciences, Oklahoma State University 3-Minute Thesis Competition ($200) 
    • 2018 President's Award – Student Research Poster Session, Oklahoma Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics  
    • 2018 Banister Nutrition Scholarship ($500) – Oklahoma Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 
    • 2018 to 2020 Member, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi 
    • 2015 President’s List, University of Louisiana at Lafayette 
    • 2017 to present  President’s List, Oklahoma State University 
    • 2016 America’s Next Top Dietitian, Top 20 Finalist, All Access Internships 
  • Publications
    • Jenkins NDM, Rogers EM, Banks NF, Tomko PM, Sciarrillo CM, Emerson SR, Taylor A, Teague KT. Childhood psychosocial stress is associated with endothelial dysfunction in young adulthood, potentially via a SIRT1 or oxidative stress related mechanism. American Journal of Physiology – Heart and Circulation (2021). 
    • Keirns BK, Hart SM, Sciarrillo CM, Poindexter KL, Clarke SL, Emerson SR. Postprandial Triglycerides, Flow-mediated Dilation, and the Inflammatory Cytokine Milieu in Metabolically Healthy Obesity: A Cross-sectional Study. Obesities (2021). 
    • Sciarrillo CM, Rosenkranz SK, Kurti SP, Koemel NA, Keirns BH, Jenkins NDM, Emerson SR. Who Would Benefit Most from Postprandial Lipid Screening? Clinical Nutrition (2021). 
    • Dixon MD, Koemel NA, Sciarrillo CM, Lucas EA, Jenkins NDM, Emerson SR. The Reliability of an Abbreviated Fat Tolerance Test: A Comparison to the Oral Glucose Tolerance Test. Clinical Nutrition ESPEN (2021).  
    • Sciarrillo CM, Keirns BH, Koemel NA, Anderson KL, Emerson SR. FGF19: Potential Therapeutic Modulation of Hepatic Metabolism for the Treatment of NAFLD. Liver International (2021). 
    • Sciarrillo CM, Elliott D, Keirns BH, Emerson SR. The Effect of Coffee Intake on the Validity of an Oral Fat Tolerance Test in Healthy Adults. Clinical Nutrition ESPEN (2021). 
    • Jenkins NDM, Banks NF, Rogers EM, Sciarrillo CM, Colquhoun RJ, Emerson SR. Resistance Exercise Attenuates Postprandial Metabolic Responses to a High-fat Meal Similarly in Younger and Older Men. Nutrition Research (2020). 
    • Keirns BH, Koemel NA, Sciarrillo CM, Anderson KL, Emerson SR. Exercise and Intestinal Permeability: Another Form of Exercise-Induced Hormesis? American Journal of Physiology – Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology (2020). 
    • Koemel NA, Sciarrillo CM, Emerson SR. Association of Body Composition, Glucose Control, and Diet with Postprandial Triglycerides and Vascular Function. International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism (2020).  
    • Sciarrillo CM, Koemel NA, Smith R, Kurti SP, Emerson SR. Validity of an Abbreviated, Clinically-feasible Test for Postprandial Lipemia in Healthy Adults. Nutrients (2019). 
    • Sciarrillo CM, Koemel NA, Tomko PM, Bode KB, Emerson SR. Postprandial Lipemic Responses to Various Sources of Saturated and Monounsaturated Fat in Adults. Nutrients (2019). 
    • Emerson SR, Sciarrillo CM, Kurt SP, Emerson EM, Rosenkranz SK. High-fat Meal Induced Changes in Markers of Inflammation and Angiogenesis in Healthy Adults Who Differ by Age and Physical Activity Level. Current Developments in Nutrition (2018). 

 

Makayla Simmons

 

Makayla Simmons

Degree Program: M.S.

 

Advisor: Dr. Deana Hildebrand

Research interest: My research interests include the impact of federal nutrition programs on the daily nutrition and dietary quality of children and adults. In addition, I am interested in the availability and feasibility of implementing federal nutrition programs within schools, institutions, care centers, and more.

 

Degree  Institution Area of Study
B.S.  Oklahoma State University Nutritional Sciences - Dietetics

 

Blake Smith

 

Blake Smith

Degree Program: M.S.

 

Advisor: Dr. Deana Hildebrand

Research interest:

Research interests include role of nutrition in treatment of chronic diseases as well as infant and maternal care.

 

 

Degree  Institution Area of Study
B.S.  Oklahoma State University Dietetics

 

Christine Walters headshot

 

Christine Walters

Degree Program: Ph.D.

 

Advisor: Dr. Barbara Stoecker

Research interest: My research focuses on understanding the influence of maternal mental health and intimate partner violence on infant and young child feeding and child undernutrition in low-income countries.

 

Degree  Institution Area of Study
M.S. Oklahoma State University Nutritional Sciences
B.S. The Ohio State University Medical Dietetics
  • Awards, Honors and Scholarships
    • Distinguished Graduate Fellowship
    • Today's Dietitian T10 Recognition
    • Minority Doctoral Fellowship
    • Sheryl Benbrook Women for OSU Scholarship
    • Nutritional Sciences GTA Award for Excellence
    • Winterfeldt Graduate Fellowship for Research
    • D.E. Jorgenson Professional Development Award
    • Women’s Faculty Council Research Award
    • Humphrey’s Long Term Travel Award    
    • Outstanding Graduate Research Poster at the OSU Virtual Research Symposium 2017
    • Commission on Dietetic Registration Doctoral Scholarship
    • The Winterfeldt Community Scholarship
    • Child Legacy Scholarship
    • Matthew 25:40 Scholarship
    • OSU Top Tier Fellowship
  • Publications

    Walters CN, Bendulo P, Stoecker, BJ. 2019. Assessment of dietary diversity, antenatal care, food taboos, meal frequency, and nutritional status of pregnant adolescents in rural Malawi: a cross-sectional study. African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development. DOI: 10.18697/ajfand.86.17530.

 

Kristen Webb

 

Kristen Webb

Degree Program: M.S.

 

Advisor: Dr. Deana Hildebrand

Research interest: I am interested in Community Nutrition Education, Intuitive Eating, Health at Every Size, and eating disorder recovery and counseling. I am interested in the research behind the causes of eating disorders and how we can prevent them.

Degree  Institution Area of Study
B.S. Oklahoma State University Nutritional Sciences Dietetics 

 

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