Nick Bellissimo, PhD
Dr. Nick Bellissimo is an Associate Professor and Director of the Nutrition Discovery Labs in the School of Nutrition at Ryerson University. He received his B.Sc. and B.Ed. at York University and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Toronto. Following postdoctoral training at the University of Toronto and The Pennsylvania State University he returned to Canada and established a research program dedicated to advancing our understanding of human ingestive behavior. Through his interdisciplinary research program, he has examined the associations among macronutrient composition, exercise, hormonal and environmental factors with the goal of informing the development of evidence-based guidelines for promoting healthier body weights. He has significant leadership in the design of experimental trials related to diet and exercise, and in the design and testing of novel bioactive ingredients, food formulations on satiety, and on biomarkers related to health and disease. Since 2009, he has received continuous external research support from government and industry sources. Dr. Bellissimo’s work has led to 100+ publications, training of 75+ highly qualified personnel, and 100+ abstracts and conference proceedings. He is also recipient of several competitive awards including Ryerson’s Dean’s Teaching Award (2014), the Sue Williams Excellence Teaching Award (2016), the Dean’s Scholarly, Research and Creative Activity Award (2017), and Canadian Nutrition Society Volunteer Leadership Award (2019). He is a member of several journal editorial boards, and provides scientific advising to government agencies, institutes, and the food industry.
Terence Boateng, BSc., BASc.
I hold a BASc. in Nutrition and Food at Ryerson University and a BSc. in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo. In addition, I am a Certified Exercise Physiologist registered with CSEP. At present, I am studying in the MHSc program at Ryerson University with the hopes of working as a registered dietitian. As a member of ND labs, I had an opportunity to assist in multiple studies, including a cross-sectional study examining the validity and reliability of three different types of body composition assessment tools. Recently, I have worked on studies examining the effects of eggs and egg components on cognitive performance, glycemic response and satiety in children. In addition to my role at ND labs, I am co-manager of NExT Lab where I am involved in running fitness, metabolic and body composition tests on varsity athletes and community members.
Michaela Kucab, BASc
I am a current MHSc student in the Nutrition Communication program at Ryerson University. I completed my Bachelor of Applied Science degree in the Nutrition and Food program at Ryerson University. Previously, I led the study “Effects of High-Intensity Interval Exercise and Chocolate Milk on Glycemic Control, Appetite, and Cognitive Performance in 9-13 Year-Old Children,’ which I presented the findings at the Canadian Nutrition Society Conference in May 2018. We found that high-intensity exercise enhanced verbal declarative memory. Currently, I am leading a study looking at the effects of eggs and egg components on cognitive performance, glycemic response and satiety in children.
Robena Amalraj, BASc.
I am a second-year undergraduate student in the Nutrition and Food program at Ryerson University. Prior to this, I received my Bachelor of Applied Science in Industrial Engineering from University of Toronto. My passion for nutrition and health has grown in the last few years and I am pursuing an education and career in this field. At ND Labs, I am currently involved in studying the effects of potato consumption on glycemic response, appetite, and food intake in older adults. I am excited to continue to gain practical research experience as well as knowledge in the areas of nutrition, cognition, and health.
I am in my final year of my BASc of Nutrition and Food at Ryerson University. I have assisted in many studies at ND Labs, including studies on the effects of different carbohydrates on satiety and food intake in children; the effects of high-intensity exercise on cognition in children; and the effects of mid-morning snacks on cognition. I am excited to be leading a study validating an app that was developed through the lab to assess satiety. I am currently working on creating media content for knowledge dissemination in the lab and to the public. I am also involved with NExT Lab where I preform fitness, metabolic, and body composition testing for the public and sports teams. Once I graduate, I hope to pursue a master’s degree and get my credentials to become a registered dietitian.
Alexandra Dubelt-Moroz, Hon BSc.
I am currently a BASc student in the Nutrition and Food program at Ryerson University. Prior to studying at Ryerson, I earned an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Evolutionary Anthropology and Equity Studies from the University of Toronto, and worked for various not-for-profit organizations. With ND Labs I have been working on the study looking at the effects of eggs and egg components on cognitive performance and appetite in children. I look forward to further developing my research skills through experiential learning.