Oscar Alzate, PhD

Dr. Alzate was the Asscociate Research Professor at CTRAL.  His research and interests are in Lipidomics, Proteomics and Systems Biology and their applications understanding normal biological functions and disease states.

Dr. Alzate obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D from the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. He then joined the laboratory of Dr. D. Vandre at Ohio State as a Research Scientist developing and implementing Proteomics approaches for the D. Davis Heart and Lung research Institute. After this experience at OSU, Dr. Alzate moved to Duke University, in Durham – North Carolina – as an Assistant Professor in Neurobiology and the Lead Scientist of Neuroproteomics. This position was followed in 2008 by an Associate Professor position and Faculty Director of the Systems Proteomics Center at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. In addition to his appointments in American Institutions, Dr. Alzate holds a Professor position in the Pontificia Bolivariana University in his native Colombia. He is currently an Associate Editor for North America of the Journal of Integrated OMICS, as well as an associate Editor of Archives in Medicine.

Renate Jonker, PhD

She studied Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Amsterdam and obtained her Bachelor’s degree in June 2009. As part of her education she performed a retrospective cross-sectional study in children with Cystic Fibrosis at the Emma Children’s Hospital, part of the Amsterdam University Medical Center, to assess their nutritional status over time. Her graduation thesis focused on different methodological principles to measure body composition and the validity of these principles in a healthy population, performed in the Center for Translational Research in Aging and Longevity (CTRAL), at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), under supervision of Dr. Nicolaas Deutz. Click here to read more about Renate Jonker.

Cindy Lieben, PhD

Dr. Lieben was a Research Assistant Professor in the Center for Translational Research in Aging & Longevity within the Department of Health & Kinesiology, Texas A&M University. She obtained her Master’s degree in Neuropsychology and finished her PhD at Maastricht University, the Netherlands (Serotonin and Behavior; animal studies applying the method of acute tryptophan depletion). Her research interests include nutritional neuroscience, translational research and cognitive neuropsychology. Click here to read more about Cindy Lieben.

Gerdien Ligthart Melis, PhD

Gerdien Ligthart-Melis was an Adjunct (Research Assistant) Professor in the Center of Translational Research within the department of Health and Kinsiology atTexas A&M University. Her research interests include the digestion of protein, the absorption of amino acids, and the impact of nutrition on amino acid metabolism, especially under circumstances of critical illness. She completed her BSc in Nutrition & Dietetics in the Netherlands (Europe) in 1991 and worked until 2013 as an RD at the Departments of Surgery, Neurology, Pediatrics, Surgical Oncology, at the Intensive Care and as a member of the Nutritional Team (first at the Isala Hospital of Zwolle, Netherlands, and subsequently in the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam, Netherlands). After completing a Master of Science degree in 2003 (Nijmegen, Netherlands), she began her doctoral work at the VU University. She completed her PhD and graduated Cum Laude in 2008 (Thesis Title: The Metabolic Pathway of (Alanyl-) Glutamine into Citrulline and Arginine in Surgical Patients).

Sabine Roeske, MBA

Sabine Roeske was the Program Manager at the Center for Translational Research in Aging and Longevity. She also is one of two Managing Editors of the journals Clinical Nutrition and e-SPEN. She has earned a Master in Business Administration from the University of Cologne, Germany. She has had several years of accounting and financial reporting experience in the real estate and health care industry before joining the group.

Dee Ann Stastny, BS

Dee Ann Stastny was a Research Associate – Study Coordinator at the Center for Translational Research in Aging & Longevity in the Department of Health & Kinesiology, Texas A&M University. She is a recent graduate of Texas A&M University, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and a Business Minor. Her relevant work and volunteer experience include volunteering at Texas A&M Physician’s and Office Administration for St. Joseph Physician Associates. Dee Ann assists with the recruitment of subjects for various studies, participates in clinical procedures, and coordinates study details.

Dillon Walker, PhD

Dr. Walker was a Research Assistant Professor in the Center for Translational Research in Aging & Longevity within the Department of Health & Kinesiology at Texas A&M University. His research interests include the molecular and metabolic influences of nutrition in diseased animal and human models. Click here to read more about Dillon Walker

Victor Willson, PhD

Dr. Victor Willson was the group statistician. He helps design experiments, and then tests the significance of results. His methods include metabolic modeling. He is Professor and Head of the Department of Educational Psychology and Professor of Teaching, Learning and Culture in the College of Education and Human Development. Click here to read more about Dr.Willson.