Meet Our FIU Nutrition Research Team

Dr. Cristina Palacios, MetA-Bone Clinical Trial

Cristina Palacios MS, PhD

Primary Investigator
Associate Professor, Department of Dietetics and Nutrition
Stempel School of Public Health, Florida International University (FIU)

Florida International University Research

Marian Trak MPH, PhD

Study Coordinator
Stempel School of Public Health, Florida International University (FIU)

Florida International University Research

Fatma Huffman, PhD, RDN

Collaborator
Professor, Department of Dietetics and Nutrition
Robert Stempel School of Public Health, FIU

Florida International University Research

Zoran Bursac, PhD

Statistician
Professor and Chair, Department of Biostatistics
Stempel School of Public Health, FIU

Yolangel Hernandez, MD

Supervising Physician
Associate Dean for Clinical and Community Affairs,
Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and VP Population Health and Well Being, FIU

Thresia Gambon, MD

Study Pediatrician
Pediatrician, Citrus Health Network

Connie Weaver, PhD

Consultant
Professor, Department of Nutrition Science
Director, Women’s Global Health Institute
Deputy Director, Indiana Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Cindy Nakatsu, PhD

Consultant
Professor, Purdue University
Department of Agronomy

Rodolfo Galván

Research Radiologist
DXA scan Laboratory
Department of Dietetics and Nutrition
Stempel School of Public Health,
Florida International University (FIU)

Jacqueline Hernandez, PhD, RDN, LDN

Research Scientist and Director of Recruitment
Department of Dietetics and Nutrition
Stempel School of Public Health,
Florida International University (FIU)

Alison Macchi, PhD, RDN, LDN

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Department of Dietetics and Nutrition
Stempel School of Public Health,
Florida International University (FIU)

Daniela Ramírez-Roggio, BS

Graduate Research Assistant
Graduate Student (M.S. Candidate)
Department of Dietetics and Nutrition
Stempel School of Public Health, Florida International University (FIU)

Yivanni Caballero, BS

Graduate Research Assistant
Graduate Student (M.S. Candidate)
Department of Dietetics and Nutrition
Stempel School of Public Health, Florida International University (FIU)

Samantha Levy, BS

Graduate Research Assistant
Graduate Student (M.S. Candidate)
Department of Dietetics and Nutrition
Stempel School of Public Health, Florida International University (FIU)

Venus Dinou

Undergraduate Intern
Department of Dietetics and Nutrition
Stempel School of Public Health, Florida International University (FIU)