Healthy Lifestyles Research Center

Our Team

Director

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Glenn Gaesser, PhD
Center Director and Professor, School of Nutrition and Health Promotion

Medical Director

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Farshad Fani Marvasti, MD, MPH
Medical Director, College of Health Solutions
Research Assistant Professor, School of Nutrition and Health Promotion

Credentialed Staff

Our center’s full-time credentialed staff includes a registered nurse, diagnostic medical sonographer and radiologic technologist. Working closely alongside our medical director and faculty, their expertise ensures the highest level of precision, accuracy and participant safety during advanced level research procedures.

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Ginger Hook, RN
Nurse Manager

Ginger is the Nurse Manager for the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion. Her background in clinical research spans 30 years, including nursing positions in General Clinical Research Centers at UCSD and Indiana University. She is a certified Diabetes Educator with 15 years of experience as a Lab Manager for grant funded diabetes research projects.

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Theresa Jorgensen BA, RDCS (AE), RVT, RDMS (AB,BR)
Exercise Physiology Lab Manager/ Research Sonographer

Theresa has been involved in the academic aspects of sonography education as well as clinical ultrasound research for over 18 years. She is an active member of the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and American Society of Echocardiographers and has volunteered on several task force and committees. Theresa has authored and co-authored numerous products and publications on the clinical utility of ultrasound and lectures extensively national and internationally on the subject of cardiovascular sonography.

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Veronica Zamora, R.T.(R)(BD)
Radiology Technologist

Veronica is a radiologic technologist with over 15 years of experience and obtained additional certification as a bone densitometry technologist 12 years ago. Prior to joining the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion, she worked in hospital, orthopedic and family practice settings. Here at ASU’s Healthy Lifestyles Research Center Veronica performs dxa scans, IV line placement, phlebotomy, specimen processing and analysis.

Faculty Researchers

Tenured and tenure-track faculty from the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion comprise the core faculty and include exercise physiologists and registered dietitians. The HLRC serves as their academic and scientific home with the aim of fostering transdisciplinary, high impact, basic, applied, and translational research activities.

Current research projects include those at the individual level and at the community level, reflecting the breadth of the social ecological model.

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

Barbara Ainsworth
Barbara  Ainsworth
Regents Professor, School of Nutrition and Health Promotion

Siddhartha Angadi
Siddhartha Angadi
Assistant Professor, School of Nutrition and Health Promotion

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

Matthew Buman
Matthew Buman
Associate Professor, School of Nutrition and Health Promotion

Jack Chisum
Jack Chisum
Clinical Associate Professor, School of Nutrition and Health Promotion

Cheryl Der Ananian
Cheryl Der Ananian
Associate Professor, School of Nutrition and Health Promotion

Jared Dickinson
Jared Dickinson
Assistant Professor, School of Nutrition and Health Promotion

Natalia Dounskaia
Natalia Dounskaia
Associate Professor, School of Nutrition and Health Promotion

Glenn Gaesser
Glenn Gaesser
Center Director & Professor, School of Nutrition and Health Promotion

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

Eric Hekler
Eric Hekler
Associate Professor, School of Nutrition and Health Promotion

Steven Hooker
Steven Hooker
Associate Dean for Research and Professor, School of Nutrition and Health Promotion

Jennifer Huberty
Jennifer Huberty
Associate Professor, School of Nutrition and Health Promotion

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

Alexis Koskan
Assistant Professor, School of Nutrition and Health Promotion

Chong Lee
Chong Lee
Associate 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

Daniel Peterson
Daniel Peterson
Assistant Professor, School of Nutrition and Health Promotion

Shannon Ringenbach
Shannon Ringenbach
Associate 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

Affiliated Faculty

Affiliated faculty members are from academic units outside of the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion and engage in research. Affiliated faculty members are transdisciplinary in their professional expertise and serve to enhance the capacity and relevance of the center’s research activities.