Current NFS Mentors

Elenore Akuailou
Degree seeking: Ph.D. in Nutrition
Degree status: Ph.D. candidate, expected graduation December 2023
Education background:
  • University of Cocody, Abidjan, B.S. Biochemistry
  • University of Cocody, Abidjan, M.S. Biotechnology and Plant Production Improvement
  • Texas Woman’s University, M.S. Nutrition

Research interests:

  • Role of vitamin A in inflammation and the immune response, emphasis in the skin
  • Cell signaling: Control of gene expression

Professional work experience: GRA: 2019 to current, GTA: Advanced Nutrition lab (Spring 2020). I taught in high school: Earth and Life Sciences

Stacie Ellis, MS, RD
Degree seeking: Ph.D. in Nutrition
Degree status: Ph.D candidate, expected to graduate May 2022
Education background:

  • Texas Woman's University, BS in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Sam Houston State University, BS in Science Composite with emphasis in Geology and minor in Secondary Education
  • Texas Woman's University, MS in Nutrition

Research interests:

  • Sports nutrition general
  • Sports and kinesiology research geared specifically for the female athlete
  • Dance Nutrition research
  • Obesity and diabetes treatment programs
  • Eating disorder treatment programs
  • Skin nutrition, specifically for acne

Professional work experience: Currently registered dietitian at University of Texas at Arlington, own private practice, does consulting work for several companies, and a GTA for TWU Food Prep Labs. I primarily do one on one consultations, nutrition classes for general public, and speaking engagements. Have previous experience working in the hospital setting, home health (geriatric care), and working with a celebrity personal trainers. In my previous career I taught high school science (Chemistry, Integrated Physics and Chemistry, and Earth and Space Science.

Parker Gutjahr, MS, RD
Degree seeking: Ph.D. in Nutrition
Degree status: 3rd year Nutrition Ph.D. student, taking qualifying exam this semester (Fall 2021).
Education background:

  • Texas A&M University, BS in Nutritional Sciences (Dec 2016)
  • Texas Woman's University, MS in Nutrition (May 2019)

Research interests:

  • Sports nutrition, specifically dietary interventions for pre/peri/post workout/race in endurance athletes (focus on distance runners)
  • RED-S/eating disorders/disordered eating
  • Women's health
  • Dietary protein
  • Public health
  • Epidemiology
  • Social media influence on health behaviors
  • Nutrition education
  • Health psychology
  • Nutritional biochemistry

Professional work experience: Owner/Registered Dietitian at Parker Nutrition, Fitness, and Health, Registered Dietitian Exam Tutor at All Access Dietetics, Clinical Dietitian at Medical City

Stephanie M. Lopez-Neyman, MS, MPH, RD, LD
Degree seeking: Ph.D. in Nutrition
Degree status: Ph.D. Candidate, expected graduation May 2022
Education background:

  • Abilene Christian University, BS in Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, MS in Clinical Nutrition and Health Promotion
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, 9-month Dietetic Internship
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, MPH in Epidemiology

Research interests:

  • Nutrition and environmental risk factors and cardiovascular health/disease
  • Nutritional biochemistry/metabolic pathways
  • Mechanisms of health disparities
  • Allostatic load biomarkers and stress
  • Role of nitic oxide related to cardiovascular systems (hypertension)
  • Secondary analysis, using Statistical Analysis Software and the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey cycles

Professional work experience: local/state/federal level work with Child Nutrition Programs such as the WIC Program; GTA for NFS 3722 Quantity Food Production and Service, 2016-2021.

Antonio Miranda, MS, RD
Degree seeking: Ph.D. in Nutrition
Degree status: PhD Candidate- Final Year of PhD (4th year)
Education background:

  • Texas A&M University, BS in Nutrition
  • Texas Woman's University, MS in Nutrition

Research interests: Hispanic Health Disparities and Health Behavioral Science
Professional work experience: Bariatric dietitian, Diabetes Educator/Dietitian, Adjunct Professor of Nutrition

Ezgi Ozturk
Degree seeking: Ph.D. in Nutrition
Degree status: Working on my qualifying exam
Education background:

  • BS in Nutrition, dietetic internship
  • MS in Nutrition (I am not an RDN)

Research interests: CNS, omega-3 fatty acids, and tDCS
Professional work experience: I am the GTA for the Food science lab currently. (It is my 6th semester teaching it). I also run the firefighter study. Next year will be my 4th year of working on the firefighter study.

Francilia Brito Siliva
Degree seeking: Ph.D. in Nutrition
Degree status: Ph.D. Candidate, expected graduation May/2022
Education background:

  • BS in Nutrition and Food Sciences
  • MS in Molecular Biology and Genetics, with an emphasis in human genetics

Research interests: Food insecurity
Professional work experience: Foodservice, nutrition consultations, a faculty member in higher education

Christine Vanburen
Degree seeking: Ph.D. in Nutrition
Degree status: Ph.D. Candidate, expected graduation Spring 2023
Education background:

  • St Cloud State University - BBA - Marketing
  • Texas Woman's University - B.S. Nutrition with emphasis on Dietetics
  • Texas Woman's University - M.S. Nutrition

Research interests:

  • Vitamin A in all its glory, particularly its role in the skin
  • Nutritional genomics
  • Psychology/Neuroscience

Professional work experience: Mostly retail and foodservice management, as well as GTA for Advanced Nutrition Lab.

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