NUSC Seminar Series

Fall 2022

Seminar Series will be held on Fridays from 11 am -12 noon, virtually (WebEx) where indicated:

Date Speaker and Topic
September 9 No seminar

Note: Graduate Student Orientation & Welcome at 11:45am


September 16


Dr. Brie Turner-McGrievy (Associate Professor, Deputy Director, SmartState Technology Center to Promote Healthy Lifestyles Health Promotion, Education and Behavior Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina)

Title: “Using technology to deliver evidence-based nutrition and weight loss interventions”

September 23 Allison Contillo (PhD Student, Department of Nutritional Sciences, UConn)

Title: “The Impact of Resistance Training and Increased Protein Intake on Functional Outcomes in Aging Adults”

Advisor: Dr. Nancy Rodriguez

September 30 No seminar
October 7 Dr. Amala Guha (Assistant Professor of Immunology, UConn Health)

Title: “Ancient Roots and Eternal Ethics of Ayurvedic Principles: Challenges of Implementing in Modern Medicine and Nutrition”

Host: Dr. Michael Puglisi

October 14 Joint Symposium: Department of Nutritional Sciences + UConn Health
October 21 Dr. Yi Wang (Postdoctoral Trainee, New Haven Agricultural Experimental Station)

Title: “Nanotechnology for Plant Nutrition, Disease Suppression, and Agrochemical Delivery”

Host: Dr. Yangchao Luo

October 28 Tyler Lorenzen (CEO, PURIS plant-based food company)

Title: TBA

Host: Dr. Ji-Young Lee

November 4 Snehaa Ray (PhD Student, Department of Nutritional Sciences, UConn)

Title: “Proposed Social Media Delivery of a Behavioral Weight Loss Intervention in  postpartum Black women with overweight/obesity”

Advisor: Dr. Loneke Blackman Carr

November 11


Xin-hao Wang (PhD Student, Department of Nutritional Sciences, UConn)

Title: “Lipid nanoparticles as delivery systems for nucleic acids”

Advisor: Dr. Yangchao Luo

November 18

(WebEx at 1 PM)

Amy Smith (Certification Programs Coordinator, American Nutrition Association)

Title: “ANA: The Career Path for Nutrition Professionals”

Host: Dr. Catherine Ansersen

December 2


Dr. Angela Odoms-Young (Associate Professor, Director of the Food and Nutrition Education in Communities Program (FNEC) and New York State Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), Cornell University)

Title: “Centering Equity and Justice in Community Nutrition: Implications for Research, Policy, Practice, and Training”

Host: Dr. Loneke Blackman Carr

December 9 Nathan Gasek (MD/PhD Student, UConn Health)

Title: “Examining the Role of p21-highly Expressing Senescent Cells in Aging and Related Disease”

Host: Dr. Ji-Young Lee