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Nutrition and Diet Research

The foods we eat provide us with energy, protein, carbohydrates, essential fats, vitamins and minerals which are all vital for our health. Eating a balanced diet is more difficult than it sounds because a variety of barriers affect our dietary choices and food availability.

Nutrition research at Arizona State University focuses on strategies to improve access, availability, and utilization of healthy foods at all ages. Innovative, ongoing nutrition research spans issues from food security locally and nationally, to diet-related behavior change strategies, to functional foods and nutritional biochemistry. The nutrition faculty use state-of-the-art methods and technologies to carry out their research with implementation at the individual, family, community and policy levels.

Current Studies

Study TitlePrincipal Investigator

Sugars Biomarkers Study

Natasha Tasevska
Vinegar and Visceral FatCarol Johnston
DevilwasteCorrie Whisner
The effects of sleep patterns on bone mineral density in college-aged males and femalesCorrie Whisner
Glycan Rich whole grains and post prandial glycemia- A dose response studyCorrie Whisner

Faculty Researchers

Marc Adams
Marc Adams
Assistant Professor , School of Nutrition and Health Promotion

Meg Bruening
Meg Bruening
Assistant Professor, School of Nutrition and Health Promotion

Haiwei Gu, PhD
Haiwei Gu
Assistant Professor, School of Nutrition and Health Promotion

Carol Johnston
Carol Johnston
Professor, School of Nutrition and Health Promotion

Farshad Marvasti
Farshad Fani Marvasti
Research Assistant Professor, School of Nutrition and Health Promotion

Punam Ohri-Vachaspati
Punam Ohri-Vachaspati
Professor, School of Nutrition and Health Promotion

Pamela Swan
Pamela Swan
Associate Director and Associate Professor, School of Nutrition and Health Promotion

Karen Sweazea
Karen Sweazea
Associate Professor, School of Nutrition and Health Promotion

Natasha Tasevska
Natasha Tasevska
Assistant Professor, School of Nutrition and Health Promotion

Sonia Vega-López
Sonia Vega-Lopez
Associate Professor, School of Nutrition and Health Promotion

Floris Wardenaar
Floris Wardenaar
Assistant Professor, School of Nutrition and Health Promotion

Christopher Wharton
Christopher Wharton
Interim School Director and Associate Professor, School of Nutrition and Health Promotion

Corrie Whisner
Corrie Whisner
Assistant Professor, School of Nutrition and Health Promotion