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.

Kimberly O'Brien

Principal Investigator

Kimberly O. O’Brien, Ph.D.

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

 

mary parsons

Lab Manager

Mary Parsons

Degree: B.S., Zoology
Background: Mary is originally from Rochester, NY. She completed her undergraduate degree at the State University of New York at Oswego

 

sara bird

Human Subject Research Coordinator

Sara Bird

Degrees: B.S., Health Science and Sociology; M.P.H., Public Health
Background: Sara completed her bachelor's degree at SUNY Brockport in 2016. She then went on to complete her master's in public health at the University of Rochester and recently graduated in 2021. Sara has been working at the University of Rochester since 2017. She recently joined the O'Brien Lab as a team member studying ethnic differences in iron absorption.

 

wanhui kang

Wanhui Kang

Degrees: B.S., Nutritional Sciences; B.E., 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.

alexa barad

Alexa Barad, MS, RD

Degrees: B.S., Nutritional Science; M.S., Nutritional Science; R.D.
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.

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

hannah lee

Hannah Lee | College of Human Ecology | Biological Sciences | Class of 2022

deedee maizes

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

brendan parent

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

aurora basnet
Aurora Basnet | College of Human Ecology | Global and Public Health Sciences | Class of 2023

audrey lewis
Audrey Lewis | College of Human Ecology | Global and Public Health Sciences | Class of 2023

 

Katherine Delaney
Katherine Delaney | Biochemistry | Class of 2021

youri jang
Youri Jung | College of Human Ecology | Human Biology, Health, and Society | Class of 2021

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

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

julie thompson
Julie Thompson | College of Arts and Sciences | Biological Sciences | Class of 2020 

Meet our honorary lab members

teddy the cat Teddy

oreo the black and white mixed breed fluffy dog Oreo

Gus the french bulldog Gus

long haired daschund named coco Coco siamese cat names sesame sauceSesame Sauce

 

O'brien lab team in tree house

Our summer lab team in Dr. O'Brien's tree house!

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Contact the O'Brien Lab

Kimberly O'Brien, Ph.D.
230 Savage Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 255-3743
koo4@cornell.edu