bio_nb
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 in. 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.


Julia_Hayden_250x200
Julia Totosy de Zepetnek, PhD

I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Nutrition Discovery Lab. I completed my PhD at McMaster University in the Department of Kinesiology. My previous research has focused on cardiovascular health, body composition, and physical activity in disability. My PhD studies examined how acute and long-term exercise influences arterial structure and function in people with spinal cord injury. My research has been funded by Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR) and Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF).



Jennifer Lee, BSc

I am an undergraduate student in the Food and Nutrition program at Ryerson University and the NExT Lab manager. I completed my Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Psychology at McMaster University. I am passionate about research in the area of childhood obesity. I joined ND Labs to enhance my learning experience and develop hands-on research skills. I want to pursue a career in pediatric nutrition research and pediatric health promotion. As the NExT Lab manager, I help provide evidence-based, research-grade body composition, physical fitness, and energy expenditure test services to the general public.


Jennifer_Chang_250x200
Jennifer Chang

I am in my final year as a BASc student in Nutrition and Food program. In the lab, my current research looks at the effect of mid-morning snacks on subjective appetite, food intake and postprandial glycemic and insulin responses as well as the effect of carbohydrate at breakfast on satiety in children.


Jennifer_Chang_250x200
Terence Boateng, BSc

I am a current BASc student in the Nutrition and Food program at Ryerson University. I hold an Honours BSc degree in Kinesiology as well as a certification in exercise physiology through CSEP. As a member of ND labs I have had the opportunity to assist in multiple studies including a cross sectional study which examined the validity and reliability of different body composition tools of the trade. Also, I have worked on research studying the role that different dietary carbohydrates at breakfast play on memory in children. Ongoing research includes phase 2 of this memory study, which looks to examine how dietary carbohydrates effect satiety in children. With regard to NExT lab testing services, I am an assistant manager and am involved in running fitness, metabolic, and body composition tests on varsity athletes and community members.


Jennifer_Chang_250x200
Michaela Kucab

I am a current BASc student in the Nutrition and Food program at Ryerson University. As an assistant manager of NExT lab, I am involved in providing services such as physical fitness, energy expenditure and body composition tests to varsity athletes and the community. Previously, I have been involved in two research studies including a cross-sectional study examining the validity and reliability of four different types of body composition assessment tools. I was also involved in participant recruitment, data collection and data input for a study examining the effect of different dietary carbohydrates on glucose levels, subjective appetite, mood and cognition in children. Currently, I will be assisting in the screening, recruitment and data collection process for a study evaluating the effect of carbohydrates at breakfast on satiety in children.


Jennifer_Chang_250x200
Maryam Al-Shammaa

I am an undergraduate student completing my Bachelor of Applied Science in Food & Nutrition Program along with a concentration in Nutrition Research at Ryerson University. I assisted in a study that examined the effects of different carbohydrates at breakfast on memory, glucose levels, and subjective appetite in children. In the upcoming months, I will also be helping with a study examining the effects of dietary carbohydrates on satiety in children at breakfast. I hope to further develop my abilities in data analysis and scholarly writing skills in ND Labs.


Jennifer_Chang_250x200
Stephanie Plastina

I am an undergraduate student completing a Bachelor of Applied Science; majoring in Nutrition and Food with a concentration in Nutrition Research. I am an active volunteer within the lab with a primary role in ND labs. Here I participate in data collection, data input, as well as food intake and data analysis. My major interests include nutrition research and food science. I hope to gain a further understanding of the fundamental aspects of nutrition research as well as develop the skills required to analyze and interpret the results. Furthermore, I hope to use this expertise to further my studies in food science and product development.

Jennifer_Chang_250x200
Cydney Prusky, BA

I am currently an undergraduate student in the Food and Nutrition program at Ryerson University and I hold a degree from McGill University majoring in Psychology and Behavioural Science. I am an active volunteer within ND Labs and as such have had the opportunity to assist in multiple studies such as studying the effects of different carbohydrates at breakfast on memory, glucose levels and subjective appetite in children. I am curretly involved in a study examining the effects that dietary carbohydrates at breakfast have on satiety in children and in the upcoming months I will be studying the effects of high intensity interval training on blood glucose and cognition in children. I look forward to further developing my abilities as a researcher with ND Labs to hopefully do further research in the future with children.

Jennifer_Chang_250x200
Anjali Ravi, BSc

I am a first-year student in the Food and Nutrition program at Ryerson University. Prior to studying at Ryerson, I completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Health Studies at Queen’s University. At ND labs I look forward to improving my understanding of nutrition research and to contribute to furthering my understanding of factors affecting energy imbalances.