My research background is in lipoprotein metabolism, and I conducts research using dietary interventions in the prevention and treatment of metabolic diseases. My current clinical research focuses on dietary interventions that affect maternal metabolism during pregnancy in high-risk pregnant women (i.e. women who enter pregnancy with metabolic risk and/or are of certain ethnicities with increased metabolic susceptibility). The overall aims of my clinical research program are 1) to better understand the relationship between maternal metabolism, and in particular lipid metabolism, during pregnancy and pregnancy outcomes, including the life-long disease risk of both the mother and her offspring, and 2) to identify specific dietary interventions that improve maternal metabolism (i.e. reduce glucose intolerance, dyslipidemia, and maternal fat gain) during pregnancy that translates into a favorable in utero environment for fetal development.
In addition to my interests in clinical research, I also aims to effectively teach science curriculum in dietetics education. To this end I use innovative teaching strategies such as simulation technology in interprofessional education. I am also actively conducting research using and assessing simulation-based teaching in dietetics education.
Dose-dependent effects of almond intake on postprandial metabolism and satiety in higher-risk pregnant women
- This is a cross-over, randomized control trial comparing the postprandial effects of breakfast test meals containing 0, 1, or 2 oz of almonds. The study population of interest is Hispanic pregnant women with pre-pregnancy BMI of 25 - 35.
Anthropometric method for estimating percentage body fat in higher-risk pregnant women
- To evaluate anthropometric method and equations for estimating percentage body fat in higher-risk pregnant women as compared to the gold standard method using total body water and air displacement plethysmography.
Interprofessional education in the SJSU Valley Foundation School of Nursing’s Simulation Laboratory
- A collaborative venture between the departments of Nutrition, Nursing, and Occupational Therapy at SJSU to promote interprofessional learning among undergraduate health science students in a multidisciplinary simulated clinical environment in preparation for real-world clinical settings.