Name: Dr. Marla Lujan, Principal Investigator and Assistant 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

Name: Brittany Jarrett
Degree In Progress: Postdoctoral Fellow
Degree Completed: PhD (Human Nutrition), BS (Nutritional Sciences), Cornell University
Additional Credentials: Registered Dietitian
Doctoral Dissertation: During her PhD, Brittany characterized ovarian 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 identify sonographic markers of reproductive function that can inform the prescription of therapeutic lifestyle interventions for women affected by PCOS.
Lab Member since: Fall 2009

Name: Heidi Vanden Brink
Degree In Progress: PhD Candidate, Human Nutrition (expected 2019)
Degree Completed: MS (Health Sciences; Reproductive Physiology and Endocrinology), BS (Physiology), University of Saskatchewan
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.
Lab Member since: Fall 2012

Name: Bailey Drewes
Position: Research Project Coordinator
Education: MS (Human Nutrition), Cornell University, BS (Nutrition Science; Biochemistry), College of Saint Benedict
Lab Member since: Spring 2018

Name: Ashley Tam
Degree: BA, Biological Sciences (2019)
Current Project: Comparison of ovarian morphology across women of different ethnicities
Lab Member since: Fall 2016

Name: Anjana Kumar
Degree: Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Health Studies  (2018)
Current Project: Assessment of nutritional correlates of ovarian morphology
Lab Member since: Summer 2018

Name: Jessica Lim
Degree: BS, Biology and Society (2020)
Current Project: Impact of weight loss on health-related quality of life in women with PCOS
Lab Member since: Summer 2018

Past Members

Name: Lydia Anderson
Degree: BS, Biological Sciences (2018)
Current Project: Association between glucoregulatory measures and reproductive function in women with and without PCOS
Active Years: 2016-2018

Name: Adrienne Pisch
Degree: BS, Biological Sciences (2018)
Current Project: Comparison and reliability of 2D and 3D ultrasound imaging methods to evaluate ovarian morphology
Active Years: 2016-2018

Name: Avigdor Nosrati
Degree: BS, Biology and Society (2018)
Current Project: Development and testing of reliable 2D ultrasound imaging methods to evaluate the ovarian stroma
Active Years: 2016-2018

Name: Ashley Hsu
Position: Volunteer
Degree: BS, Human Biology, Health, and Society (2018)
Current Project: Data Management
Active Years: 2016-2018

Name: Annie Lin
Degree: PhD, Human Nutrition (2017)
Degree Completed: MS (Clinical Nutrition), Rush University; BS (Dietetics), University of Illinois
Additional Credentials: Registered Dietitian
Doctoral Dissertation: Annie examined dietary intake, physical activity, and psychosocial factors (health-related knowledge, beliefs) of women with PCOS. Her work was aimed at providing validated instruments to measure these variables and informing future nutrition interventions for women with PCOS.
Active Years: 2012-2017

Name: Annie Lin
Degree: PhD, Human Nutrition (2017)
Degree Completed: MS (Clinical Nutrition), Rush University; BS (Dietetics), University of Illinois
Additional Credentials: Registered Dietitian
Doctoral Dissertation: Annie examined dietary intake, physical activity, and psychosocial factors (health-related knowledge, beliefs) of women with PCOS. Her work was aimed at providing validated instruments to measure these variables and informing future nutrition interventions for women with PCOS.
Active Years: 2012-2017

Name: Natalie Vantman
Degree Completed: Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics, Universidad Mayor in Chile
Additional Credentials: Registered Dietitian (Chile)
Project: Reproductive and metabolic correlates of cognitive differences in women with PCOS
Active Years: 2015-2017

Name: Elena Bergomi
Degree: BS, Nutritional Sciences (2017)
Project: Development and application of an instrument to measure medical experiences and social support perceptions in women with PCOS
Active Years: 2015-2017

Name:Pamela Capellan
Degree: BS, Biology and Society (2017)
Project: Impact of weight loss on ovarian morphology in obese women with PCOS
Active Years: 2014-2017

Name: Jeannine Whelan
Degree: BS, Human Biology Health and Society (2017)
Project: Comparison of endometrial lining development in women with and without obesity
Active Years: 2015-2017

Name: Laura Barton
Degree: BS, Nutritional Sciences (2018)
Project: Participant Recruitment
Active Years: 2015-2017

Name: Hayden Chung
Degree: BS, Nutritional Sciences (2016)
Project: Impact of weight loss on health-related quality of life in women with irregular menses
Active Years: 2014-2016

Name: Dana Larsen
Degree: BS, Nutritional Sciences (2016)
Project: Validation of the Modified Women's Health Initiative Physical Activity Questionnaire in Women of Reproductive Age
Active Years: 2014-2016

Name: Tatyana Roberts
Degree: BS, Biological Sciences (2016)
Project: Assessment of Ovarian Morphology in Women with Irregular Menstrual Cycles and across the Phenotypic Spectrum of PCOS
Active Years: 2013-2016

Name: Lois Ann Davis
Degree: BS, Biological Sciences (2015)
Project: Characterization of Endometrial Development in Women with Irregular Menstrual Cycles and across the Phenotypic Spectrum of PCOS
Active Years: 2013-2015

Name: Reid Mergler
Degree: BS, Human Biology Health and Society (2015)
Project: Assessment of Reproductive and Metabolic Correlates of Cognitive Differences in Women with PCOS
Active Years: 2012-2015

Name: Sian Best, Undergraduate Research Student
Degree: B.S. Nutritional Sciences (2014)
Project: Cross-sectional and Longitudinal Assessments of Ovarian Morphology in Women with Irregular Menstrual Cycles and PCOS, and Reliability of 2- and 3-Dimensional Ultrasonography for the Assessment of Ovarian Morphology in Women with PCOS
Active Years: 2012-2014

Name: Nikhita Chahal
Degree: B.S. Human Biology, Health and Society (2014)
Project: 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

Name: Sheena Patel, Undergraduate Research Student
Degree: B.S. Policy Analysis and Management (2014)
Project: Changes in Endometrial Development and Patterning in Women with Ovulatory and Anovulatory PCOS
Active Years: 2012-2014

Name: Steven Soler, Undergraduate Research Student
Degree: B.S. Biology and Society (2014)
Project: Characterization of Antral Follicle Development in Women with Ovulatory PCOS
Active Years: 2012-2014

Name: Jacob Christ
Degree: B.S. Human Biology, Health and Society (2013)
Project: Follicle Number versus Ovarian Stroma as the best Ultrasonographic Marker of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.
Active Years: 2011-2013

Name: Nina Clark
Degree: B.S. Human Biology, Health and Society (2013)
Project: Characterization of Circulating Levels and Gene Expression Patterns of Adiponectin, Leptin, Visfatin, and Retinol Binding Protein 4 in Women with PCOS; and Prevalence and Metabolic Profile of PCOS Phenotypes Using the Updated Criteria for Polycystic Ovarian Morphology.
Active Years: 2010-2013

Name: Amarilys Fernández-Maldonado
Degree: B.S. Biological Sciences (2013)
Project: Characterizing Follicle Wave Kinetics using the Identity Method.
Active Years: 2010-2013

Name: Haroon Ismail
Degree: B.S. Human Biology, Health and Society (2013)
Project: Use of 2D & 3D Ultrasonography for Detection of Follicle Waves in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.
Active Years: 2012-2013

Name: Vanessa Velez
Degree: B.S. Human Biology, Health and Society (2013)
Project: Ultrasonographic characterization of endometrial development in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.
Active Years: 2010-2013

Name: Jon Reines
Degree: BS, Human Biology, Health, and Society (2011)
Project: Updated ultrasound criteria for PCOS
Active Years: 2010-2012

Name: Naomi Adeyu
Degree: BS, Human Biology, Health, and Society (2011)
Project: Evaluation of serum adipokine isoforms in women with PCOS
Active Years: 2010-2011

Name: Kristen Bennett
Degree: BS, Human Biology, Health, and Society (2011)
Project: Evaluation of follicle kinetics in PCOS
Active Years: 2010-2011

Name: Amanda Pawlak
Degree: B.S. Biological Sciences (2011)
Project: Longitudinal Characterization of Follicle Populations in Women with PCOS
Active Years: 2009-2011

Name: Eric Brooks
Degree: B.S. Human Biology, Health and Society (2010)
Project: Reliable Measurements of Follicle Number in Women with PCOS; and Ovarian Morphologic Variables as Diagnostic Criteria for PCOS
Active Years: 2009-2010

Name: Anna Kepley
Degree: B.S. Biological Sciences, B.S. in Nutritional Sciences
Project: Development of Morphologically Dominant Follicles is Associated with Fewer Metabolic Disturbances in Amenorrheic Women with PCOS
Active Years: 2008-2010

Name: Amanda Podolski
Degree: BA, Biological Sciences (2009)
Project: Computer-assisted measurements of digit ratios in women with clinical phenotypes of PCOS; Evaluating the clinical spectrum of PCOS.
Active Years: 2008-2009