Texas Tech University

Nutritional Sciences

Dr. Murimi's Research Team

Lab Poster

Graduate Students

bong-nguyen

Bong Nguyen

Ph.D. Student, Class of 2019
Email: bong.nguyen@ttu.edu

Research Interests

Nutrition Education, Community Nutrition, Maternal and Child Nutrition

Bio

I am from Vietnam. I joined Dr. Murimi's research team since Fall 2015 when I first started my Master program at Texas Tech University. I finished the Master program in December 2016. During my master program, I was involved in several projects related to community nutrition and nutrition education. My main project for my master study, also my thesis project, was about a nutrition education intervention to promote healthy eating among elementary school-aged children. For this project, I participated in an
annual poster competition from the Graduate School at TTU and won first place in the Food, Power, and Health Category for this competition. Also, the manuscript for this project was accepted to publish in a peer-reviewed journal. Beside this project, I was involved in other projects, such as food security among Hispanic households in West Texas; food and nutrition security among seniors in Lubbock project, and a project to assess the effectiveness of a mobile website on increasing fruit and vegetable
consumption among families with preschool children. 

After graduating, I worked as a temporary research assistant for Dr. Murimi until I started my Ph.D. study in the Fall 2017. Through two years of master study and working in Dr. Murimi's lab and under her supervision, I have gained many valuable research skills, knowledge, and experiences. Dr. Murimi has always given me opportunities to learn and grow as a strong researcher. I like that Dr. Murimi's lab is a supportive and cooperative organization, which allows the opportunity to learn from other team-mates. We – all the lab members – treat each other like family members. This great opportunity, I'm sure, will be great for my current and future career.

Publications

Nguyen, B., Murimi, M. (2017). An After-School Cultural and Age Sensitive Nutrition Education Intervention for Elementary School Children. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. In press.

Nguyen, B., M. Murimi, Z. Rana, H. Lee, R. Halloran. (2016). Impact of a nutrition education intervention on nutrition knowledge and dietary intake of fruits, vegetables, and milk among fourth and fifth-grade elementary school children. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 48(7 Supplement):S79.

Presentations

Nguyen, B,. Poster presentation at the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Conference,"Impact of a nutrition education intervention on nutrition knowledge and dietary intake of fruits,vegetables, and milk among fourth- and fifth-grade elementary school children". San Diego, California.(August 2016).

Awards

First Place in Food, Power, & Health - The 15th Graduate School Poster Competition, TTU. (2016).

Community Involvement

Wreck Hunger Graduate & International Food Pantry, TTU. Volunteering to promote food and nutrition security among graduate and international students at TTU

 

Ana Florencia Moyeda Carabaza

Ana Florencia Moyeda Carabaza

M.S. Student, Class of 2018
Email: ana.f.moyeda@ttu.edu

Research Interests

Nutrition Education, Community and International Nutrition, Obesity and Chronic
Diseases, Food and Nutrition Security

Bio

I am an international student from Mexico with a B.S. in Nutrition from the School of Public Health and Nutrition of the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon. During my undergraduate studies, I did a summer research internship in another state (Tabasco), and I carried out my undergraduate thesis, which was titled "Carbohydrates and total fat intake as a predictive factor of dyslipidemias in obese school children". Before I joined Texas Tech University, I worked at the Secretariat of Education of the State of Nuevo Leon in the program Salud para Aprender as a nutritionist responsible for the component of Health Education and Culture. I worked as a Research Assistant during my first year at TTU and I'm starting as a Teacher Assistant for my second year. Currently, I am carrying out a nutrition education intervention for the prevention of diabetes in the Hispanic population in Lubbock and in the Mexican population in Piedras Negras, Mexico.
After having recently completed my first year in TTU, I can safely say that making the decision of attending TTU, and having Dr. Murimi as a mentor has been the best I could have ever made. Dr. Murimi has not only preparing me to be a future researcher in community nutrition and nutrition education, but she has also broadened my perspective in global nutrition by providing me with the opportunity to collaborate in several research articles. Also, being part of this lab has been an experience that exceeded my own expectations, with the advice of Dr. Murimi we are all formatting ourselves to be future researchers and faculty members that can collaborate nationally and internationally in the future and use research for the good of the community's health.

Publications

Murimi, M.W. & Moyeda-Carabaza, A.F. (2017). Effective Nutrition Interventions for Sustainable Maternal and Child Health: Lessons from the Countries that Achieved their MDG 4 and 5 targets. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 49(7), S20.

Ruhul, A., Murimi, M.W. & Moyeda-Carabaza, A.F. (2017). Factors Associated with Stunting Among 0-23 Months-Old Children in Rural Bangladesh. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 49(7), S21.

Murimi, M.W. & Moyeda-Carabaza, A.F. (2017). Effective nutrition education and communication for sustainable maternal and child health. Proc Nutr Soc. doi: 10.1017/S0029665117001070.

Oral Presentations

Amin, Md. Ruhul; Murimi, Mary W.; Moyeda Carabaza, A.F. Oral Presentation at the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Conference, "Factors Associated with Stunting Among 0-23 Months-Old Children in Rural Bangladesh". Washington, D.C. (July 2017).

Community Involvement 

Participated in the subcommittees for the Student Networking Lunch, and the Career Panel and Student Committee Meeting at the Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior Conference. Washington, D.C. (July 2017).

 

Grace

Hyunjung Lee (Grace)

M.S. Student, Class of 2019
Email: hyunjung.lee@ttu.edu 

Research Interests

Nutrition Education, Food Security and Community Nutrition

Bio

I was born and raised in South Korea. I have a B.S. degree in Nutritional Sciences from University of Ulsan, South Korea. During my third year as an undergraduate student in 2015, I decided to go to study abroad in the United States, especially here at Texas Tech University. The year of studying abroad in Texas Tech gave me a good foundation of reading research and understanding different strategies for food insecurity especially among young children in low-income communities. As I joined Dr. Murimi's research team, I could assimilate findings from new research into a wider society much better and quicker. I am now pursuing my M.S. degree, aiming for helping a transition to sustainable food security and nutrition for young children in the developing world.

Publications

Nguyen, B., M. Murimi, Z. Rana, H. Lee, R. Halloran. (2016). Impact of a nutrition education intervention on nutrition knowledge and dietary intake of fruits, vegetables, and milk among fourth and fifth-grade elementary school children. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 48(7 Supplement):S79.

 

Rufus

Theophilus Rufus James

M.S. Student, Class of 2019
Email: ruffy.theophilus@ttu.edu

Research Interests

Food Policy and Security, Recipe Development, Stunting in Infants, Maternal and Childhood Nutrition, Nutrition in Disease, Nutrition Education, Community and International Nutrition.

Bio

I am an International MS student from Nigeria. I completed my B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. While in Nigeria, I served at the State Specialists Hospital, Okitipupa as an assistant Dietitian where I managed both in and out patients with different disease conditions. I am passionate about the field of Nutrition and I intend to grow into a renowned researcher bringing succor to Nigeria and Africa by extension through ground breaking research findings by exploring and exploiting the opportunities that abound in Dr Murimi's lab at TTU Nutrition department. My research will be focusing on harnessing the potency of the high protein content of dry meat (beef) in formulating a high quality complementary food that will combat stunting and aid childhood growth and development.

 

Alumni

Teresia M

Teresia Mbogori

Ph.D. Student, Class of 2013
Email: teresia.mbogori@ttu.edu

Research Interests

food security, food and nutrition security policies, maternal and child nutrition and nutrition education

ruhul-amin

Md. Ruhul Amin

Ph.D. Student from 2014-2017

Research Interests

Maternal and Child Nutrition, Food Nutrition Security, Dietary
Behavior and Chronic Diseases, Nutrition Education

Current Job

Assistant Professor at Institute of Nutrition and Food Sciences at
University of Dhaka

Khalid Aldubayan

Khalid Aldubayan

Ph.D. Student from 2012-2016

Research Interests

School Nutrition, Food Policy, Nutrition Education, Obesity, Diabetes,
and Food Waste Management

Current Job

Assistant Professor at King Saud University

 

Nutritional Sciences