The Bionutrition Research Core was established in 2015 as a strategic initiative of the Duncan Family Institute for Cancer Prevention and Risk Assessment, which is housed in the Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences.
Carrie Daniel-MacDougall, Ph.D., MPH, 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. Her research program includes observational and controlled intervention studies focused on diet, obesity and diet-microbiome interactions across the spectrum of cancer prevention, cancer patients, and cancer survivors. Together with Dr. Basen-Engquist, she provides expertise to assist principal investigators and BRC staff in the development of optimal study designs, assessment, and analysis protocols to achieve nutritional research objectives.
Karen Basen-Engquist, Ph.D., M.P.H., Co-Director, is a Professor in the Department of Behavioral Science and the Director of MD Anderson's Center for Energy Balance in Cancer Prevention and Survivorship. Through her own studies and 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. Dr. Basen-Engquist's leadership facilitates 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.
Christine Ranieri, M.S., RD, LD, Supervisor, Clinical Studies, is a Registered Dietitian and trained culinary professional with a background in designing and implementing controlled feeding studies. She oversees the operations and staff for the Core. She develops menus and protocols for controlled dietary interventions and helps identify appropriate dietary assessment methods to meet research objectives. She is also responsible for supervising food production technicians and monitoring the quality of food products.
Gladys Browman, RD, MPH, Sr. Research Coordinator, is a Registered Dietitian with over five years of relevant experience in dietary assessment, nutrient databases, nutritional epidemiologic research methods, protocols and study management. She works with Dr. Daniel-MacDougall and Ms. Ranieri to supervise and support dietary assessment training, coding and processing dietary data.
Morgan Campbell, B.S., Coordinator, Research Data is 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.
Leticia Gatus, Dr.PH, MPH, is the Research Manager for the Center for Energy Balance in Cancer Prevention and Survivorship. She assists with the administrative and financial oversight of the Bionutrition Research Core and promotes the Core services to Center members.
The Core also includes a master's level Nutritional Epidemiology Analyst to conduct statistical programming and analysis support under the guidance of Dr. Daniel.
Susan Schembre, PhD, RD, External Advisor/Co-Founder, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Dr. 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; and continues to lend her expertise in eating behavior and human feeding studies.