Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX, US


Advanced Training from Texas A&M University
Ph.D. from Texas A&M University
M.S. from Texas A&M University
B.S. from Texas Lutheran College

Honors & Awards

Young Investigator Award
Award given to a highly productive junior faculty
Community Leadership Award
Recognition of leadership in a community-based healthy living promotion program among minority children
Educator Outstanding Service Award
Recognition for promoting awareness among the management and staff of the Houston Parks & Recreation Department on the epidemic of childhood obesity among minority children.

Professional Statement

My main research involves studies of dietary supplementation to prevent chronic diseases, intervention of childhood obesity, and energy metabolism under healthy conditions and diseased states.

Selected Publications


American Institute of Nutrition


Dietary Composition and Energy Expenditure During Weight-Loss Maintenance
- #0000563867
Grant funding from Nutrition Science Initiative
To understand the effect of dietary composition on energy expenditure during weight-loss maintenance.
Study of Latinos-Nutrition & Physical Activity Assessment Study (SOLNAS)
- #1R01 HL095856-01A1
Grant funding from NIH
To document the measurement errors on subjective dietary and physical activity instruments against validated biomarker measurements among Latinos.
Prenatal Stress Biology, Infant Body Composition and Obesity Risk
- #5R01 HD065825-02
Grant funding from NIH
To document the association between infant body composition and obesity risk.