Tashara Leak, Angela Poole, and Daniel Berry


Introducing new faculty members starting in the Division of Nutritional Sciences during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Tashara M. Leak, PhD, RD, Lois and Mel Tukman Endowed Assistant Professor, Division of Nutritional Science 

Academic focus: Child and adolescent nutrition; childhood obesity prevention and treatment; sociocultural and environmental influences on dietary behaviors; public health nutrition and food policy

Previous positions: Postdoctoral scholar, University of California, Berkeley, 2015-2017 

Academic background: B.A. Romance Languages (Spanish), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (2007); M.S. Nutrition, Meredith College (2010); and Ph.D. Nutrition, University of Minnesota, Twin-Cities (2015)


Daniel Berry, PhD, Assistant Professor, Division of Nutritional Sciences 

Academic focus: obesity and systemic metabolism, with a primary focus on adipose stem cell function and their niche  

Previous positions: Postdoctoral Fellow University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas Texas (June 2012-July 2017)

Academic background: B.S., Biology with a concentration in Environmental Science, State University of New York at Cortland (2005); Ph.D., Molecular Nutrition in the Department of Nutrition at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio (2011)


Angela Poole, PhD,  assistant professor, Division of Nutritional Sciences

Academic focus: The interplay between diet, host factors, and microbiota and the resulting effects on host physiology.
Previous positions: postdoctoral research associate, Cornell; research associate, Pennington Biomedical Research Center; long-term substitute teacher at Mark Keppel High
Academic background: B. S., Engineering & Applied Sciences, California Institute of Technology; Ph.D., Genome Sciences, University of Washington at Seattle

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