Students

Nutrition Doctoral Student Biographies

Amy Morel L’Horset

Amy is a fifth-year doctoral candidate 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 D.C.  While pursuing her Master’s 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 dissertation research uses mixed methods to explore the relationship between prediabetes illness perceptions and preventive lifestyle behaviors.

 

Lauren Thomas Berube

Lauren is a fourth-year doctoral candidate 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 and her Master’s Degree in Food Science and Technology from Cornell University. Her decision to pursue a degree in nutrition developed as a connection between several longtime interests: health, food science, and research. She completed her Dietetic Internship at New York University and worked as a clinical nutrition research assistant. Lauren is interested in prenatal nutrition and early infant feeding practices and currently works with a childhood obesity prevention intervention that begins during pregnancy. She plans to focus her dissertation research on prenatal diet quality.

 

Fei Song

Fei is a third-year doctoral student specializing in Nutritional Epidemiology. Fei is originally from Hebei, China. She completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Preventive Medicine at Hebei Medical University. Prior to joining NYU, Fei attended Peking University in Beijing, China, where she received a Master’s Degree in Nutrition Science and Food Safety.  Fei is broadly interested in the impact of diet on chronic diseases, particularly diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. In her doctoral research, she hopes to investigate the role of diet and dietary acculturation in type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases risks in Asian immigrant population.

 

Miriam Mahmood

Miriam is a second-year doctoral student in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development in the department of Nutrition and Food Studies. Miriam received her Bachelor's Degree in Nutrition and Food Science from the City University of New York Hunter College. She also completed her Dietetic Internship at Hunter College. Miriam went on to Long Island University C.W. Post to receive her Master's Degree in Nutrition with specialization in Clinical Nutrition. Miriam has a background in cancer research, health promotion and disease prevention. Prior to joining NYU, Miriam started the nutrition program at Bellevue Hospital outpatient cancer center that targets adults receiving cancer treatment and also in survivorship. Miriam’s research interests include measuring the effect of protein intake on bone health and lean body mass in cancer patients at risk for osteoporosis.

 

Alexis Moore

Alexis is a first-year doctoral student in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies. Alexis received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ and completed her Dietetic Internship at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA. She continued on to complete a Master’s Degree in Nutrition at Central Washington University, where her thesis research examined nutritional precooling strategies for elite athletes with spinal cord injuries. With interests in sports nutrition, exercise physiology, and nutrition for individuals with physical disabilities, Alexis plans to focus her dissertation research on the integrated role of exercise and nutrition in the prevention, management, and treatment of chronic disease. 
 
Rachel Ryan

Rachel is a first-year doctoral student in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies. Rachel received her Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics, Foods, and Nutrition from the City University of New York Lehman College. She pursued her interest in health and behavior at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she received a Master’s Degree in Health Education. Rachel is interested in maternal and child nutrition and hopes to study ways in which technology can be utilized to facilitate behavior change.