Postdoctoral Researchers

Melissa Simone

simon996@umn.edu
she/they

Program: K99 Postdoc Scholar

Research Area: Eating disorder risk and resilience factors among queer women, mixed methods, community-engaged research

Becca Emery

Program: TRACT TL1

Research Area: Perinatal eating/weight/substance use outcomes, behavioral medicine intervention, rural health

Tenzin Namdul

Program: TRACT TL1

Research Area: Meditation, cognitive resilience, and its impact on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias

Sam Hahn

Program: Eating Disorders T32

Research Area: Eating disorder prevention, weight-related self-monitoring, weight bias

Vivienne Hazzard

Program: Eating Disorders T32

Research Area: Eating disorders prevention

Bree Abernathy

Program: MnOPT T32

Research Area: Lipid droplet metabolism, refeeding, aging (mice/cells)

Patrick Brady

Program: MnOPT T32

Research Area: Food insecurity, healthy eating, and social safety nets

Emily Nagel

Program: MnOPT T32

Research Area: Maternal diet and infant growth; stress and lactation, human milk bioactive components

Junia N de Brito

Program: MnOPT T32

Research Area: Eating, physical activity and sedentary behaviors; mental health; weight-related cardiometabolic disease risk; health disparities; behavioral interventions

Sarah Espinoza

Program: IRT-CAPC in DOGPAH

Research Area: Physical activity and health, psychological development, social and environmental supports for physical activity, sports and school and community-based activity programs

DJ McDonough

Program: CVD T32

Research Area: Behavioral (eg, physical inactivity, dietary intake) and environmental (eg, grey vs. green spaces) risk factors for CVD; relationship between type 2 diabetes and CVD; novel intermediates between the above exposures and cardiometabolic diseases (eg, human gut microbiome)

Brittanny Polanka

Program: CVD T32

Research Area: Depression, sleep, and cardiometabolic disease risk

Brian Steffen

Program: CVD T32

Research Area: Proteomics and genetics of CVD outcomes

Yuni Choi

Program: Postdoc Scholar

Research Area: Dietary pattern and chronic disease prevention, human milk bioatives, human gut microbiome

Blair Burnette

Program: REACH T32

Research Area: Weight stigma, intuitive eating, body image, eating disorder prevention and treatment

Hannah Cory

Program: REACH T32/PPFP

Research Area: Discrimination and chronic disease risk in young people

Eydie Kramer-Kostecka

Program: REACH T32

Research Area: Physical activity interventions for underserved youth and families; community health promotion; health and exercise psychology

Samantha Gailey

Program: MN Population Health T32

Research Area: Neighborhoods and health, maternal and perinatal health, racial disparities

Sarah James

Program: Population Health T32 (MPC)

Research Area: Life course health disparities

Anna Hing

Program: HPM/Center for Antiracism Research for Health Equity

Research Area: Structural racism, voter suppression, maternal/infant health, racial disparities

Hannah MacDougall

Program: HPM/Rural Health Research Center

Research Area: Rural Health Equity, social determinants of health, nonprofit hospital community benefits, Medicaid policy

Kelsey Johnson

kej@umn.edu
she/her

Program: Postdoc Fellow in Genetics, Cell Biology and Development (CBS)

Research Area: Genetics and genomics of human milk

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