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)
Last book read: "Homegoing" by Yaa Gyasi
In her own time: "Reading for leisure, indoor cycling, hiking, and trying new restaurants."
Daniel Berry, 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)
Last book read: "What Doesn’t Kill Us" by Scott Carney
In his own time: "Playing guitar, hiking and coffee"
Angela Poole, 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
Last book read: “The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - But Some Don’t,” by Nate Silver
In her own time: Travel, photography, Kenpo karate