If you are interested in working in Professor O'Brien's lab, fill out the O'Brien Lab Application and e-mail it to Dr. Kimberly O'Brien, at koo4@cornell.edu.

Principal Investigator 

Kimberly O'Brien

Kimberly O. O’Brien, PhD

Professor, Cornell University, Division of Nutritional Sciences
Adjunct Professor, University of Rochester School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Rochester, NY

 

Graduate Students 

Katie Delaney

Katherine Delaney 

Degrees: BS, Biochemistry
Year Entered: 2016
Background: Before coming to Cornell, Katherine was a postbaccalaureate research fellow at the National Institutes of Health in a Molecular Genetics Laboratory. Her doctoral research aims to improve understanding of iron homeostasis during pregnancy and how maternal iron status and fetal iron accretion impacts fetal brain development.

Wanhui Kang

Wanhui Kang

Degrees: BS, Nutritional Sciences; BE, Food Science
Year Entered: 2017
Background: Wanhui received a bachelor of science degree in nutritional sciences at Cornell and a bachelor of engineering degree in food science at China Agricultural University. Her research focuses on understanding how genetic components influence iron homeostasis in different racial groups.

 

Luisa Castillo

Luisa Castillo 

Degree: BS, Chemistry
Year Entered: 2019
Background: Before coming to Cornell, Luisa was an NIH-BUILDing Scholars Fellow at the University of Texas at El Paso. Throughout her undergraduate career, she performed cancer biology and nutritional research in several institutions (Arizona State University, University of Connecticut - Health Center, and UTEP). Her current project is to understand the effect of vitamin D supplementation on maternal and neonatal D status. 

 

alexa barad

Alexa Barad, MS, RD

Degrees: BS, Nutritional Science; MS, Nutritional Science; RD
Year Entered: 2019
Background: Alexa is originally from Costa Rica. She completed her undergraduate degree at Texas A&M University and her Master of Science and Dietetic Internship at the University of Florida. Her doctoral research aims to improve understanding of genetic and biochemical variations in iron absorption and how these differences affect iron homeostasis across different ethnicities.

 

Undergraduate Students

julia caldropoli

Julia Caldropoli

College of Human Ecology | Human Biology, Health, and Society | Class of 2023

 

 

 

 

clara deley

Clara Deley

College of Human Ecology | Nutritional Sciences | Class of 2022

Chloe Hasund

Chloe Hasund 

College of Human Ecology | Global and Public Health Sciences | Class of 2022

Hunter Hitchens

Hunter Hitchens 

College of Human Ecology | Human Biology, Health, and Society | Class of 2022

Youri Jung

Youri Jung 

College of Human Ecology | Human Biology, Health, and Society | Class of 2021 

hannah lee

Hannah Lee

College of Human Ecology | Biological Sciences | Class of 2022

Jessica Leipman

Jessica Leipman

College of Arts and Sciences | Biological Sciences (Nutrition) | Class of 2020

fernanda nunes

Fernanda Nunes

College of Human Ecology | Nutritional Sciences | Class of 2021

 

 

 

 

Brendan Parent

Brendan Parent 
College of Arts and Sciences | Chemistry | Class of 2022

Abhirami Ramakrishnan

Abhirami Ramakrishnan

College of Arts and Sciences | Biology and Society & Chemistry | Class of 2020 

sm shariar

SM Shariar

College of Agricultural Sciences | Biological Sciences | Class of 2022

 

Julie Thompson

Julie Thompson

College of Arts and Sciences | Biological Sciences | Class of 2020