Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences Students Fall 2015



Dave Schnell, President

SchnellResearch Interests: Cancer, cell metabolism, free radical/antioxidant biology A West Virginian transplant originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Dave earned his B.S. in exercise physiology from West Virginia University. He is currently in his fourth year as a PhD student in Nutritional Sciences working in the laboratory of Daret St. Clair examining the role of manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD/SOD2) in regulating metabolic patterns in pre-tumor cancer development. When not doing science, Dave can generally be found cooking and eating delicious food,riding a bicycle unreasonable distances, or performing some sort of music.


Heather Norman-Burgdolf, Vice President

Heather Norman-Burgdolf

Research Interests: Obesity, adipocyte physiology, brown adipose tissue, metabolic function. Heather graduated from Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky in 2011 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. Taught nutrition at the community level for one year, and then joined the doctoral program in the Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences in 2012. Currently working in Dr. Shuxia Wang’s lab and funded with an NIH Training Grant. Current work is focusing on a specific cellular membrane receptor and its regulation in adipocyte function. Other Interests: food, playing recreational sports (kickball, soccer), reading, volunteering, spending time with friends and family.


Aida Javidan, Secretary

Aida JavadanResearch Interests: Obesity, probiotics and diabetes. Aida took her B.S. in Human Nutrition from Iran. As a second year international graduate student, she is currently enrolled in the Molecular and Biochemical Nutrition program. Out of the academic environment, Aida loves to cook, spend time in gym and have fun with friends



Kaia Hampton, Treasurer

Kaia HamptonResearch Interest:  Insulin Receptor signaling in the brain/adipocytes, S2R(PGRMC1) signaling in cancer.  Kaia comes from the sunshine state calling Tallahassee, FL home. She graduated from The University of Tampa with a Biochemistry degree where she was heavily involved in undergraduate research Cancer research and a scholarship student athlete. She entered through the IBS program and is in her third year in the lab of Dr. Rolf Craven. She recently has been awarded a T32 training grant.  Other interests: running (5ks to marathons), fitness, cooking healthy (meal prepping!) and animals.


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