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Dr. Jacqueline Vernarelli

Assistant Professor for Biology
jvernarelli@fairfield.edu

 

Current Research Interests

Currently the majority of my projects focus on nutritional epidemiology – that is, the study of nutrition (including food choice, eating behaviors and nutritional status) in large groups of people. As a translational nutrition scientist, I translate population findings to community-based research projects. For the past several years, I have been conducting analyses using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) to investigate the relationship between dietary patterns and the association with various public health priority outcomes, such as obesity and cancer.  My experience in epidemiology has allowed for opportunities to collaborate with researchers from various disciplines, including: Nursing, Food Science, Kinesiology, Biobehavioral Health and Public Health, and to mentor students on a variety of research projects.  Student projects in my lab have evaluated the link between smoking status and dietary behaviors; demonstrated the influence of participation in the National School Lunch Program on diet quality; evaluated how perception of health predicts diet quality, and evaluated the link between childhood fitness and dietary energy density. Students in my lab have been recognized nationally for their work, presenting posters at conference and receiving awards for outstanding research from the Scientista Foundation and the American Society for Nutrition.

Courses Taught

  1. BI 73: Contemp Nutr:Food for Thought
  2. BI 073: Contemp Nutr:Food for Thought
  3. BI 107: Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  4. BI 108: Human Anatomy & Physiology II
  5. BI 171L: General Biology II Lab
  6. BI 251: Human Nutrition
  7. BI 310: Community Nutrition Lab
  8. BI 310L: Community Nutrition Lab
  9. BI 310: Community Nutrition
  10. BI 310L: Community Nutrition Lab
  11. BI 317L: Epidemiology & Biostats Lab
  12. BI 317: Epidemiology & Applied Biostat

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