Roger Figueroa, PhD, MPH, MSc is a Provost New Faculty Fellow (2019-2020) and Assistant Professor (effective 7/1/20) in Social and Behavioral Science in Nutrition in the Division of Nutritional Sciences (DNS), College of Human Ecology at Cornell University. Dr. Figueroa's research combines concepts and methods across disciplinary boundaries to examine interconnections between the social and behavioral determinants of health, with a particular focus on children’s energy-balance behaviors in underrepresented and low-income communities. To date, Dr. Figueroa has developed a comprehensive skill foundation in research methods, including training in a broad range of quantitative (i.e., advanced linear modeling, structural equation modeling, psychometrics) and qualitative methods (i.e., grounded theory, ethnography, qualitative GIS), and mixed-methods. Roger has received training and research funding support from the USDA, NIH, and from other institutional-level grant programs.
Academic focus: Childhood Obesity Prevention; Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR); Health Disparities; Promotion of Energy-Balance Behaviors,
Previous positions: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Translational Childhood Obesity Research, Department of Nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Academic background: BA in Physical Education (Bayamon Central University in Puerto Rico); MSc in Health and Kinesiology (UT-San Antonio); M.P.H. (University of Illinois); PhD in Human Development and Family Studies (University of Illinois).
Victor Wenze Zhong, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University. Victor is a nutritional epidemiologist by training. He has also received training in metabolomics, genomics, medical informatics, and “big data” in the previous 7 years. At Cornell, Victor will design a coherent program of interdisciplinary research spanning nutrition, epidemiology, omics, and informatics to help people prevent cardiometabolic diseases.
Academic focus: Understanding the etiology and progression of cardiometabolic diseases and identifying prevention and management strategies using nutritional, epidemiological, omics, and medical informatics approaches.
Previous positions:Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Academic background: Bachelor of Medicine, Preventive Medicine, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China; PhD, Nutrition (major) and Epidemiology (minor), The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.