Cassandra's Education

Ph.D. Exercise Science & Nutrition
September 2004 - May 2009
Department of Kinesiology
University of Connecticut
Supervisor: Jeff Volek, PhD, R.D., Associate Professor of Kinesiology

Dietetic Internship, Regisitered Dietitian
August 2008 - July 2009
University of Massachusetts Amherst

M.Sc. Nutrition & Metabolism.
September 2002 - July 2004
Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science
University of Alberta
Supervisor: Tom Clandinin, Ph.D., Professor of Nutrition

B.Sc. Nutrition and Food Sciences with Distinction.
September 1999 - May 2002
Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science
University of Alberta

Research Experience

Doctoral Research Fellow. September 2004 - May 2009
Studied low-carbohydrate ketogenic diets compared to low-fat weight loss diets for treatment of obesity, dyslipidemia and endothelial dysfunction in individuals with metabolic syndrome.
Duties: Team leader. Biochemical analyses. Nutritional counseling. Exercise training. Data management.
Supervisor: Dr Jeff Volek, R.D., University of Connecticut

MS Research Student. September 2002 - July 2004
Research question: Is palmitic acid in the sn-1 position of dietary triglyceride in palm oil less cholesterolemic for normocholesterolemic humans than palmitic acid in the sn-2 position in lard?
Supervisor: Dr. M.T. Clandinin, University of Alberta

Undergraduate Summer Student Research Project. May 2002 - September 2002
Studied: The effects of positional distribution of dietary palmitic acid in triglycerides on plasma cholesterol and postprandial lipemia in humans and animals.
Supervisor: Dr. M.T. Clandinin

Undergraduate Student Research Project. May 2002 - September 2002
Studied: The effects of Panax Ginseng in the immune and stress response in females after acute exercise stress.
Supervisor: Dr. Linda McCargar, Professor of Nutrition. University of Alberta

Summer Research Assistant. June 2001 - November 2002
Data compilation of lipid analyses from retina phospholipid in Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) rats presenting hereditary retinal degeneration.
Supervisor: Dr. M.T. Clandinin