Nutrition and Dietetics Research
Research in the area of food protection (food safety and food defense) is focused on health and quality issues as well as the mitigation of foodborne illness. Due to the ongoing concerns regarding the safety of the global food supply, this research is beneficial to industry and consumers by minimizing the risks associated with food hazards.
Obesity, metabolic diseases, and dietary practices
Research in this area focuses on obesity prevention, dietary management of type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and eating disorders. Research studies examine college students' eating behaviors in relation to their existing metabolic risk, identifying determinants and barriers to healthy eating, and examine the impact of nutrition education on students' dietary practices, particularly those at-risk for metabolic diseases. Research aims to advance the evidence-based practice on the role of nutrition in the prevention of obesity, prediabetes, and metabolic disorders among young adults.