Paula is currently a PhD student in the Finlay Lab where her research focus is on understanding the mechanisms of and interactions between diet, dietary components, host-genome and gut microbiome in the context of malnutrition. She holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in behavioral health science from the Pennsylvania State University and Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, respectively, completed a graduate certificate in Maternal & Child Health from Johns Hopkins and is a Board-Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) with the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC). Her masters’ research project was focused on a novel dietary and lifestyle intervention for people with schizophrenia (ACHIEVE Study). Prior to starting her PhD, Paula spent 10 years in the pharmaceutical industry working on various phase II-IV clinical trials.
Interesting facts: Paula enjoys listening to classical and Gospel music, spending time with her husband and kids and watching British and Asian movies (mostly martial arts) based in the 1600’s to early 1900’s and gardening.
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