I joined the Jahren lab in the summer of 2013 as an intern to assist their ongoing research efforts in the field of nutrition. During my internship I began a database of food stable isotope signatures while analyzing the relationship between diet and the carbon isotope signature of various blood components. The ultimate goal of these ongoing projects, which I continue to oversee, is the development of an objective biomarker of added-sugar intake that could be used in clinical trials aimed at assessing the impact of excess sugar consumption on chronic disease risk.
The primary responsibilities of my current position involve managing the lab’s nutrition program and overseeing our indoor plant growth chambers, although I am involved in one way or another with all of the lab’s current projects. In addition to project management and methods development, I also handle the purchasing of laboratory supplies and oversee a fantastic group of lab assistants. On any given day I can be found homogenizing food, separating various fractions of blood for analysis, caring for plants, operating our mass specs, reading/writing research papers, and/or ranting about sustainable nutrition to anyone who will listen. I’m truly grateful to work in a diverse research environment that allows me to express my scientific curiosity and passion for metabolism and environmental science.
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”