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Research in the Department of Biomedical and Nutritional Sciences is incorporated in all curricula. Both undergraduate and graduate students receive hands-on science research experience giving them the technical skills that will be valuable in the job market.

Clinical Sciences option

Students do research in their Directed Studies and Senior Research courses under the direction of Department faculty. Research may include both library and laboratory investigations. Many graduates of the Clinical Laboratory Sciences options are employed in Research and Development jobs in biomedical device, biotechnological and pharmaceutical companies such as NOVA Biomedical, Wyeth, and Bristol-Myers, Squibb Pharmaceuticals (formerly Dupont Pharmaceuticals). Other graduates are employed as research associates in the Boston area medical research facilities.

Medical Laboratory Science option formerly (Medical Technology option)

Students have research projects during their Clinical Chemistry internship evaluating instrumentation and analytical methods in Clinical Chemistry. They can also do research in the Directed Studies course under the supervision of Department faculty.

Undergraduate students enroll in supervised research opportunities in their senior year under the direction of a faculty member. MPH students often seek out research experiences with specific faculty members. In addition to community work, our faculty lead laboratory based research in biochemistry, cell culture, and animal models, and in epidemiology, with data from population studies.

Nutritional Sciences

The following centers are available on campus:

faculty research

Faculty Research
Renee Barrile, Ph.D., R.D.
Research and scholarship in public health nutrition education, specially how to develop and deliver effective nutrition education and incorporate innovative teaching methods in nutrition education.
The role of maternal genetics and diet on mammary gland function and breast health. We focus on understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms which regulate zinc metabolism in breast cells during lactation and how these mechanisms are dysregulated in breast cancer.
Kelsey M Mangano, Ph.D., R.D.
Relation between nutritional factors and musculoskeletal health among aging adults.
Sabrina Noel, Ph.D., R.D.
Relation between diet and chronic disease and osteoporosis; community-based dietary behavior change interventions; health disparities; impact of gut microbiome on bone health.
Population studies focusing on dietary intake and risk of chronic disease (osteoporosis, cognitive decline, obesity, metabolic syndrome, and heart disease); dietary methodology in diverse populations; and the role of nutrition in health disparities.
Cardiovascular disease, atherosclerosis and blood lipids; macular degeneration; nanotechnology delivery of nutrients and drugs; nutrition and hormone metabolism; diabetes and obesity; nutrition and exercise physiology.
Boce Zhang, Ph.D.
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Pathogen transmission on food and food contact surfaces; biosensor and advanced materials for food safety applications.
Dhimiter Bello, Sc.D, MSc.
Adverse human health effects of workplace, consumer, and community exposures to toxic chemicals especially exposure to biomarkers/biology.