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Michael Lefevre, PhD

USTAR Professor Scientific Director, ANR

Michael Lefevre arrived as a USTAR professor at USU's Center for Human Nutrition Studies within the Applied Nutrition Research group, in September of 2007, from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana where he served as Chief of the Division of Functional Foods Research, as well as professor in the Division of Nutrition and Chronic Diseases. He was also an adjunct professor at the School of Human Ecology at Louisiana State University. Dr. Lefevre is a fellow of the American Heart Association, belonging to the Council on Arteriosclerosis; the Council on Nutrition, Metabolism and Physical Activity; the Council on Epidemiology and Prevention; and is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Institute of Food Technology. Additionally, he serves as a consultant for a number of major food corporations and commodity groups. He earned his doctorate in nutrition with a minor in physiological sciences from the University of California Davis. Dr. Lefevre’s major research interests are in the role of diet in the prevention and delay of chronic disease, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cognitive decline with ageing.

Sheryl Aguilar, RD, CDE

Research Dietitian

Sheryl Aguilar, RD, is the lead Research Dietitian for the CHNS and directly supervises and manages the research kitchen and diet counseling trials. Ms. Aguilar has 18 years experience as dietitian in the private sector. Her experience includes employment as a food service manager and clinical dietitian for a 60 bed care home/skilled nursing facility. In this capacity, she managed a staff of 11 food service workers who produced 300 meals per day, developed menus, conducted inventories and ordered all foods and supplies. For 12 years, Ms. Aguilar provided individual and group nutrition counseling. She specialized as a Certified Diabetes Educator, developing curriculum, teaching classes, speaking to groups and counseling individuals. Having worked in physician offices, assisted living facilities, with home health agencies, and in both local hospitals, she has developed a network in the medical community.

Janet Radford Bergeson, RN, MS

Clinic Coordinator

Jeff Broadbent

Professor Nutrition, Dietetics & Food Sciences

Dave Clark

Director of Business Development Commercialization and Regional Development

Nancie Hergert

Research Associate, Lefevre Lab Director

Korry Hintze, PhD

Asst. Professor, Nutrition and Food Science

Giovanni Rompato

Center for Integrated BioSystems

John Stevens

Mathematics and Statistics Department

Robert Ward, PhD

Asst. Professor, Nutrition and Food Science Applied Nutrition Research Fellow

Dr. Robert Ward is an Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Food Sciences. His research interests include potential beneficial bioactivities of the milk fat globular membrane, effects of diet on systemic lipid metabolism (including meat and milk), and small molecule metabolomics. The Ward lab is equipped with a GC-MS and GC-FID, and research activities primarily focus on measuring fatty acid from all lipid classes as well as small molecules from various biological and food matrices.