Nick Bellissimo, PhD
I am an Associate Professor in the School of Nutrition at Ryerson University. My research focuses on the physiological and environmental factors that contribute to appetite and energy imbalances in children with the goal of providing a foundation for advice on diet composition, physical activity, and environment in preventing and managing overeating. I am the recipient of the Dean’s Scholarly, Research and Creative Activity Award (2017), Sue Williams Excellence in Teaching Award (2016), and Dean’s Teaching Award (2014). I am also a member of several journal editorial boards, scientific adviser to government agencies and institutes, and the food industry.
Alexander Schwartz, Hon BSc., MSc., PhD (c)
I am a Research Assistant in the School of Nutrition at Ryerson University. I’m currently completing my PhD from the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. My PhD research has focused on determining the effects of testosterone on the metabolic and hormonal profile of adolescence and how testosterone interacts with appetite, food intake, and exercise. My past Master of Science research in Exercise Physiology aimed at gaining more insight into human metabolism, energy expenditure and adaptive thermogenesis with weight loss. I have published and presented internationally on all my graduate work. Currently at ND Labs, I am utilizing my expertise in human metabolism and physiology in various studies examining food intake, appetite and exercise with the goal of bringing forth a greater understanding of human nutrition and physical activity.
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.
Adam Weinnman, BMus., MFA.
I am currently in my final year of Ryerson University’s Nutrition and Food program. I have a Bachelor of Music degree and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, and worked for the past 10 years as a professional classical musician. Over that time, I developed an interest in nutrition, particularly its effects on mood and cognitive function, and decided to challenge myself by studying nutrition full-time. Since joining ND Labs, I’ve been leading a study on the effects of mid-morning snacks on cognitive performance, satiety, food intake, and glycemic response in healthy-weight adults. I’m thrilled to be part of ND Labs, and deepen my understanding of the nutrition research process!
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.
Taylor Polecrone, BBA.
I am a current BASc student in my last year of the Nutrition and Food program at Ryerson University. In 2017, I received the May Maskow School of Nutrition Award and the Jennifer Welsh Food Security Award. I am also currently working toward a certificate in Food Security from the Chang School of Continuing Education. Before Ryerson, I studied at Wilfrid Laurier University and obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration with a minor in Psychology. At ND Labs, I continue to learn more about nutrition research and am developing hands-on skills for a future in dietetics.
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.