Thesis Projects & Publications

Students completing Master of Science in Human Nutrition engage in a variety of thesis research projects in conjunction with the world-class faculty and staff at OHSU.

Thesis Projects

Class of 2016

Jessica Gutgsell

Diet Influence of Lactobacillus salivariuis salivarius UCC118 Colonization

Chair, Melanie Gillingham, Ph.D., R.D.


Elizabeth Massey

Altered Activities and Shame Resulting from Children Experiencing Food Insecurity in Rural Oregon

Chair, Diane Stadler, Ph.D., R.D.


Class of 2014

Melanie J. Boney

Agreement Between Physical Activity Measured by Actical Activity Monitor and as a Component of Total Energy Expenditure Measured by Doubly Labeled Water

Chair, Diane Stadler, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.


Candace Waynick

 Food Status of Households of Children with Special Care Needs

Chair, Elizabeth Adams, Ph.D., R.D.


Class of 2013

Megan Antosik

Associations of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone Concentrations Within the Normal Reference Range on Energy Expenditure, Macronutrient Oxidation, and Body Composition. 

Chair, Diane Stadler, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.

Sarah (Ziha) Gloeckner

Prevalence and Predictors of Food Insecurity in a Pediatric Population with Hemophilia

Chair, Diane Stadler, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.


Class of 2010

Christine Murphy

Breast Feeding Duration of Oregon African-American Women

Chair, Elizabeth Adams, PhD, RD


Danielle Podesta

Impact of a Low-Carbohydrate Diet versus a High-Carbohydrate Diet on Fasting Plasma Fatty Acid and Inflammatory Marker Concentrations

Chair, Diane Stadler, PhD, RD


Class of 2009

Melissa Kumagai, MS, RD

Acute Effect of High-and-Low Carbohydrate Meals on Postprandial Concentrations of Weight Regulation Markers

Chair, Diane Stadler, PhD, RD


Krista (Schaefer) Miller, MS, RD

SPARTA Pro: Dietary Protein Intake and Injury Rate Among High School Athletes

Chair, Diane Stadler, PhD, RD




Thyroid Stimulating Hormone Concentrations within the Normal Reference Range are not Associated with Differences in Energy Expenditure, Macronutrient Oxidation or Body Composition
Megan Antosik
Poster presented at OHSU Research Week 2013


Impact of Low vs. High Carbohydrate Diets on Fasting Fatty Acid and Inflammatory Marker Concentrations

Danielle Podesta
Poster preseted at the North American Association for the Study of Obesity Conference in 2010


Acute Consumption of Very Low Carbohydrate Meals Lowers Postprandial Concentrations of Glucose, Insulin, Leptin, and Ghrelin
Melissa (Kumagai) Nunez, Sarah (Bergman) Tesar, Julie Smith
Presented at Experimental Biology Conference in 2009