Here are some questions and answers from our interview with TOS Fellow Jennifer Nasser, PhD, RD, FTOS, Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences at the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel University.
Q: What is your title and organizational affiliation?
A: I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences at the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel University.
Q: Please tell us about your current work and your professional developmental trajectory.
A: I currently do research in the area of brain response to food stimulation and intake as it impacts obesity, eating disorders and neurological disorders. Additionally, I am the program director for the new PhD in Nutrition Sciences at Drexel University and a training consultant on and R25E grant that trains PhD nutritionists in clinical nutrition through the New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center at Columbia University.
Q: What is one of your professional or personal qualities that has contributed to your success?
Q: What advice do you have for today's junior obesity researchers?
A: Keep writing grants no matter the outcome. I recently had two grants funded after submitting 20 grants over the last 3 years.
Q: What aspects of obesity research are the most exciting to you right now?
A: Imaging scanning of the brain's response to food and nutrients.
Q: What are your favorite things to do when you're not at work?
A: Musical performance (I'm a trained opera singer and classically trained pianist/organist), reading, walking, cooking.