I am an alum of the didactic program in dietetics (DPD) program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), where I graduated with a concentration in Sport Nutrition, Magna cum Laude with Honors. While at UNLV, I was also able to broaden my experience by studying abroad in Germany and New Zealand.
I am now a second-year graduate student studying under the direction of Dr. Brenna. I am interested in doing research on the possible connection between poly unsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and arrhythmias in physically active persons, and the more established connection between PUFAs and the recovery from and the severity of traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
One of my minors is in the field of Biomedical Engineering, which I am studying under the direction of Dr. Nishimura. I look forward to using the sophisticated imaging and experimental techniques of Biomedical Engineering, along with those of molecular and human nutrition, to investigate the effects of PUFAs on a variety of tissues in health and in disease.
My other minor is in English, which I am studying under the direction of Dr. Farred. I chose English because I believe making scientific research accessible to the people it will benefit is just as important as (if not more important than) publishing in respected scientific journals. The principles of creative nonfiction writing will allow me to disseminate the results of my research (once finished) to a broad audience for the greatest positive impact.