Nutrition Doctoral Student Biographies

Jennifer Burris

Jennifer Burris is a doctoral candidate in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development in the department of Nutrition and Food Studies Department.  Jennifer comes to New York University from Orange County, California.  She received her undergraduate education at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ, with a degree in Nutritional Science and Chemistry.  She received her Masters Degree and from Cal Poly Pomona Polytechnic University in Nutritional Sciences with an emphasis in Sports Nutrition.  Jennifer also completed her Dietetic Internship at Cal Poly Pomona University.  Jennifer has a background in nutrition support, inborn errors of genetic metabolism, nutrition for the active individual, and carbohydrate metabolism.  She is currently a Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, Certified Sports Specialist Clinician, and Certified Nutrition Support Dietitian.  Jennifer’s dissertation research focuses on the relationship between nutrition and acne, particularly the impact of the quality and quantity of carbohydrate consumption on blood biochemical markers of acne.
Amy Morel L’Horset

Amy is a first year doctoral student in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies.  Amy received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at Mansfield University in Mansfield, PA.  Amy completed her Dietetic Internship in the United States Air Force and continued to serve for six years as an active duty officer in Air Force hospitals and clinics located in California, Germany, and Washington DC.  While pursuing her Masters Degree in Clinical Counseling at Johns Hopkins University, Amy worked as a Certified Diabetes Educator for the Inova Diabetes Center in northern Virginia.  Prior to joining NYU, Amy was a diabetes educator for a pharmaceutical company where she specialized in insulin management training.  Amy’s research interests include diabetes education and behavior change.

Nour Makarem

Nour is a fourth year doctoral candidate specializing in Nutritional Epidemiology.  Nour is originally from Beirut, Lebanon. She completed a Bachelors Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and became a Registered Dietitian at the American University of Beirut. Prior to joining NYU, Nour attended McGill University in Montreal, Canada where she received a Masters Degree in Human Nutrition. She is actively involved in the American Society for Nutrition and currently serves on the Nutritional Epidemiology Research Interest Group Steering Committee as doctoral student representative. She is also working as project coordinator of the Cancer, Insulin Resistance and Lifestyle (CIRCLE) study, funded by the American Cancer Society. Nour is broadly interested in the impact of diet on chronic diseases, particularly cancer. In her doctoral research, she hopes to investigate the role of diet in cancer risk using the Framingham Heart Study dataset.

Lauren Thomas

Lauren is a first year doctoral student in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies. Lauren received her bachelor's degree in Biology from Roanoke College. She went on to Cornell University to receive her master's degree in Food Science and Technology. Her decision to pursue a degree in nutrition developed as a connection between several longtime interests: health, food science, and research. She completed the Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics at New York University, where she worked as a clinical nutrition research assistant, and is finishing her Dietetic Internship at NYU to become a Registered Dietitian. Lauren's research interests include the impact of prenatal and pediatric nutrition on pediatric obesity.