Susan Schembre, Ph.D., RD, Director, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Science. Schembre trained as a Research Dietitian with expertise in the area of nutrition/dietetics, dietary and eating behavior assessment. She is experienced in the design of and data collection methods used in dietary interventions. Along with Co-Director Carrie Daniel-MacDougall, she lends her expertise in the areas of eating behaviors and human feeding studies to assist principal investigators in the development of optimal study designs and dietary assessment protocols to achieve research objectives.
Carrie Daniel-MacDougall, Ph.D., MPH, Co-Director, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology. She is a nutritional epidemiologist with a basic science background in molecular biology and nutritional biochemistry; and considerable experience in the design, collection, and integrative analysis of diet, physical activity, and anthropometric assessments for both large and small-scale studies. In her role as Co-Director, Daniel-MacDougall has the primary responsibility of overseeing core operations as they relate to dietary assessment methodology.
Karen Basen-Engquist, Ph.D., MPH, Director, Center for Energy Balance in Cancer Prevention and Survivorship, is a Professor in the Department of Behavioral Science and the Director of the Center for Energy Balance in Cancer Prevention and Survivorship. Through activities of the Center, she is expanding research in the areas of exercise, nutrition and weight control on outcomes in cancer survivors and people at increased risk of cancer. As Center Director, Basen-Engquist works closely with Drs. Schembre and Daniel-MacDougall to oversee the development and expansion of the Core to provide services that fulfill the mission of the Center as it relates to nutrition. She and her Center staff assist the Core’s leadership in the design and implementation of study protocols.
Leticia Gatus, Dr.PH, MPH, is the Research Manager for the Center for Energy Balance. She assists with the administrative and financial oversight Bionutrition Research Core and promotes the Core services to Center members.
Christine Ranieri, M.S., RD, LD, Program Manager, is a Registered Dietitian and trained culinary professional with a background in designing and implementing controlled feeding studies. She has the primary responsibility of working with Drs. Schembre and Daniel-MacDougall to promote the Core’s services and to develop study diets according to research objectives. She is also responsible for supervising food production technicians and monitoring the quality of food products.
Morgan Campbell, B.S., Research Assistant, is a recent graduate from the University of Houston with a degree in Human Nutrition and Foods. Her primary responsibilities are to assist the program manager to implement human feeding study protocols and to assist with dietary assessment.