portrait of Marla Lujan

Marla Lujan, PhD, Principal Investigator and Associate Professor of Human Nutrition

Education: PhD (Physiology), MSc (Physiology), BSc (Life Sciences), Queen’s University

Research Interests: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), Folliculogenesis, Menstrual Cycle, Nutrition and Metabolism, Ultrasonography

Brittany Jarrett, Postdoctoral Fellow; PhD (Human Nutrition), BS (Nutritional Sciences), Cornell University; lab member since Fall 2009.

Additional Credentials: Registered Dietitian

Current Projects: During her PhD, Brittany characterized antral follicle dynamics in women with obesity and PCOS. She is now determining the effectiveness of hypocaloric dietary intervention to restore ovulatory function in this population. A primary objective of her work is to clarify the aspects of folliculogenesis that may be modified by lifestyle intervention in women with obesity and PCOS.

Maryam Kazemi, Postdoctoral Fellow; PhD (Nutrition), University of Saskatchewan; MSc (Nutrition and Dietetics; Clinical Concentration), BSc (Nutritional Sciences), Mashhad and Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences; lab member since Summer 2018.

Additional Credentials: Registered Dietitian

Current Projects: During her PhD, Maryam examined the benefits of a multi-dimensional lifestyle intervention, comprised of dietary, exercise, and cognitive behavioral modification on multiple cardiometabolic, reproductive, and health-related quality of life outcome measures in women with PCOS. She is interested in multi-disciplinary lifestyle interventions to prevent and manage cardiometabolic and reproductive sequelae in women across their lifespan. Currently, he research is focused on evaluating the link between diet and ovarian morphology in premenopausal women.

Bailey Drewes, Research Project Coordinator; MS (Human Nutrition), Cornell University, BS (Nutrition Science; Biochemistry), College of Saint Benedict; lab member since: Spring 2018

 

Heidi Vanden Brink; PhD Candidate, Human Nutrition (expected 2019); MSc (Health Sciences, Reproductive Physiology and Endocrinology), BSc (Physiology), University of Saskatchewan; lab member since Fall 2012.

Additional Credentials: Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (Ob/Gyn)

Doctoral Dissertation: Heidi is evaluating the use of 2D and 3D ultrasonography to diagnose anovulatory conditions in adolescent and adult women with and without obesity. She is also using longitudinal approaches to evaluate the impact of adiposity on antral follicle development. Her work is aimed at elucidating relationships between androgen excess, metabolic dysfunction, and ovarian morphology across the reproductive lifespan.

Laura Galley, doctoral candidate, Human Nutrition (expected 2023); BA (Food and Nutrition; Dietetics Concentration), Bluffton University; lab member since Fall 2018

Current Project: Laura is assessing the effectiveness of hypocaloric dietary intervention to restore ovulatory function and hormonal balance in women with PCOS. Her objective is to determine baseline clinical characteristics and dietary behaviors that predispose certain individuals to respond positively to hypocaloric dietary intervention. She is interested in clinical, translational research that impacts medical nutrition therapy given to women struggling with infertility and hirsutism related to PCOS.

Ashley Tam, BA, Biological Sciences (2019); lab member since Fall 2016. Current Project: Comparison of ovarian morphology in Caucasian versus South Asian Women with PCOS.

Shayla Kilgannon, BS, Nutritional Sciences (2019); lab member since Spring 2018. Current Project: Administrative Assistant

Jessica Lim, BS, Biology and Society (2020); lab member since Summer 2018. Current Project: Offline assessments of ovarian morphology in women of reproductive age.

Mickayla Smith, BA, Chemistry and Chemical Biology (2021); lab member since: Fall 2018. Current Project: Offline assessments of ovarian morphology in women of reproductive age.

Maryyam Durrani, BA, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (2020); lab member since Fall 2018. Current Project: Offline assessments of ovarian morphology in women of reproductive age.

Annie Lin, PhD, Human Nutrition (2017); Doctoral Dissertation Title: Dietary and Physical Activity Behaviors, Knowledge, and Beliefs Association with PCOS; active years: 2012-2017

Lydia Anderson, BS, Biological Sciences (2018); Honors Thesis Title: Association between glucoregulatory measures and reproductive function in women with and without PCOS; active years: 2016-2018

Adrienne Pisch, BS, Biological Sciences (2018); Honors Thesis Title: Comparison and reliability of 2D and 3D ultrasound imaging methods to evaluate ovarian morphology; active years: 2016-2018

Hayden Chung, BS, Nutritional Sciences (2016); Honors Thesis Title: The Impact of a Weight Loss Intervention on Health-Related Quality of Life in Overweight Women with Irregular Menses; active years: 2014-2016

Reid Mergler, BS, Human Biology Health and Society (2015); Honors Thesis Title: Assessment of Reproductive and Metabolic Correlates of Cognitive Differences in Women with PCOS; active years: 2012-2015

Nikhita Chahal, BS, Human Biology, Health and Society (2014); Honors Thesis Title: Ovarian Size and Stromal Characteristics across the Phenotypic Spectrum of PCOS: Are they Predictive and/or Useful in the Sonographic Assessment of PCOS?; active years: 2012-2014

Dana Larsen, BS, Nutritional Sciences (2016); Honors Thesis Title: Validation of the Modified Women's Health Initiative Physical Activity Questionnaire in Women of Reproductive Age; active years: 2014-2016

Nina Clark, BS, Human Biology, Health and Society (2013); Honors Thesis Title: Adiponectin, Leptin, Visfatin, and Retinol Binding Protein 4 Gene Expression Profiles in Women with PCOS; active years: 2010-2013

Amanda Pawlak, BS, Biological Sciences (2011); Honors Thesis Title: Longitudinal Characterization of Follicle Populations in Women with PCOS: A Pilot Study; active years: 2009-2011

Avigdor Nosrati, BS, Biology and Society (2018); active years 2016-2018

Ashley Hsu, BS, Human Biology, Health, and Society (2018); active years 2016-2018

Elena Bergomi, BS, Nutritional Sciences (2017); active years 2015-2017

Pamela Capellan, BS, Biology and Society (2017); active years 2014-2017

Jeannine Whelan, BS, Human Biology Health and Society (2017); active years 2015-2017

Laura Barton, BS, Nutritional Sciences (2018);active years 2015-2017

Tatyana Roberts, BS, Biological Sciences (2016); active years 2013-2016

Lois Ann Davis, BS, Biological Sciences (2015); active years 2013-2015

Sian Best, Undergraduate Research Student, BS, Nutritional Sciences (2014); active years 2012-2014

Sheena Patel, Undergraduate Research Student,BS, Policy Analysis and Management (2014); active years 2012-2014

Steven Soler, Undergraduate Research Student, BS, Biology and Society (2014); active years 2012-2014

Jacob Christ, BS, Human Biology, Health and Society (2013); active years 2011-2013

Amarilys Fernández-Maldonado, BS, Biological Sciences (2013); active years 2010-2013

Haroon Ismail, BS, Human Biology, Health and Society (2013); active years 2012-2013

Vanessa Velez, BS, Human Biology, Health and Society (2013); active years 2010-2013

Jon Reines, BS, Human Biology, Health, and Society (2011); active years 2010-2012

Naomi Adeyu, BS, Human Biology, Health, and Society (2011); active years2010-2011

Kristen Bennett, BS, Human Biology, Health, and Society (2011); active years 2010-2011

Eric Brooks, BS, Human Biology, Health and Society (2010), active years 2009-2010

Anna Kepley, BS, Biological Sciences and BS, Nutritional Sciences (2010); active years 2008-2010

Amanda Podolski, BA, Biological Sciences (2009); active years 2008-2009

Anjana Kumar, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Health Studies (2018); active year 2018

Natalie Vantman, BS (Nutrition and Dietetics), Universidad Mayor; active years 2015-2017

Page Gustofson, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Health Studies (2017); active year 2017

Marla Lujan and Brittany Jarret at ultrasound monitor