Students

Biology Majors

Tasnia Aftab headshot

Tasnia Aftab is an undergraduate senior at Montclair State University pursuing a B.S. in Biology. In additional to clinical training, she is analyzing overfeeding data collected in confined subjects to compare to predicted results from matheamtical models. She recently presented her peer reviewed poster at Experimental Biology. Tasnia is also in the Educational Opportunity Fund Program at Montclair State. Tasnia’s career goal is to one day become a physician that implements medical research advances into clinical practice.

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Syeda Islam is an undergraduate junior at Montclair State University pursuing a B.S in Biology. Syeda is the current director for the Center’s clinical program where she manages student training and patient scheduling. Syeda is a Certified Nurses Assistant and a licensed EMT. She plans to advance her clinical experience to become a Physician Assistant. As part of the Center of Quantitative Obesity Research she collects clinical measurements related to body weight regulation such as waist circumference, body fat assessments, glucose levels, and blood pressure. She will be presenting her research on body shape and exercise at Experimental Biology 2013.

Jenie Kunnipparampil headshot

Jenie Kunnipparampil is an undergraduate junior majoring in biology at Montclair State University. She is interested in a career in dentistry. She has volunteered and shadowed under emergency and dental residents at The University Hospital (UMDNJ). She will soon start her project with Dr. Richard Miller (OB/GYN) at St. Barnabas Medical Health Center.

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Sharmin Uddin is currently a senior in the undergraduate Biology program. Sharmin is gaining clinical experience by collecting body weight regulation related measurements for the Center for Quantitative Obesity Research. She has recently attended Experimental Biology 2013, where she presented her analysis on overfeeding data collected in confined individuals to compare with predicted results from mathematical models. In the future, Sharmin plans on becoming a nurse and continue her work with the Center clinic.

Mathematics Majors

Mirna W. Halawani headshot

Mirna W. Halawani is in her second year as an undergraduate student at Montclair State University. She is pursuing a combined 5-year B.S./M.S. in Mathematics with concentration Statistics. Mirna believes the quote “mathematics is not just a series of calculations and a sum total of statistics, it's about experience, it's about participation, it is something more complex and more interesting than what is obvious”. Mirna has been awarded a 2013-2014 Science Honors Innovation Program scholarship to study the relationship between sitting time and body weight with Dr. Marc Hamilton of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center. She hopes to enrich her education by learning statistics from a biological point of view and apply statistical conclusions to advance science.

Maria Castro headshot

Maria Castro is an undergraduate student at Montclair State University. She is currently majoring in Mathematics with a Concentration in Statistic, and Minoring in chemistry. Maria has recently transferred to MSU after graduating From Union County College with an associate’s degree Chemistry. She is a Recipient of the Alliance/Merck Ciencia (Science) Hispanic Scholars Program. Her interests include Mathematics, Biochemistry, Nutrition, Statistics and Business.

Nutrition Majors

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Victoria Bodrato is a first year graduate student in the Nutrition and Food Science M.S. program at Montclair State University. She received her B.S. degree in Nutritional Science at the University of Connecticut, where she also became certified as a Professional Food Manager. In the past Victoria has volunteered with Connecticut’s FoodShare food assistance program and has worked under the dietitians at the Paramus Veterans Memorial Home. She plans to pursue a dietetic internship in the hopes of becoming a Registered Dietitian.

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Kaitlyn Marshall is an undergraduate at Montclair State University. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from University of Delaware and is currently pursuing a B.S. in Nutrition and Food Sciences. She was a lab assistant at the University of Delaware Human Emotions Lab and is excited to be a part of the Center for Quantitative Obesity Research team where she can merge her background in psychology with nutrition sciences. She plans on applying to internships next year to support her career goal as a Registered Dietitian.