Welcoming new faces to the Faculty

April 2018

Anne-Sophie Brazeau, Stéphanie Chevalier, Treena Wasonti:io Delormier, Daiva Neilsen, Yixiang Wang

We would like to extend a warm welcome to the new staff members in the School of Human Nutrition and the Department of Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry.

School of Human Nutrition

Dr. Anne-Sophie Brazeau, appointed as Assistant Professor and Program Director of dietetic education and practice, is a registered dietitian and member of the Ordre Professionnel des Diététistes du Québec. She received her PhD in Human Nutrition from the Université de Montréal (2012), which was followed by her appointment as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Division of Clinical Epidemiology at McGill University (2013-2017), competitively funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Dr. Brazeau has received numerous awards, including the CIHR Banting & Best Doctoral Scholarship, and was recently awarded the “Prix engagement – Lussier Dale Parizeau” by the Ordre Professionnel des Diététistes du Québec.

Dr. Stéphanie Chevalier, appointed as an Associate Professor, is a registered dietitian and a member of OPDQ. She obtained her BSc in Dietetics (1990) and both her MSc (1991) and PhD (1997) degrees in nutrition from the Université de Montréal. In 1998, Dr. Chevalier joined the McGill Nutrition and Food Science Centre as a Postdoctoral Fellow. She was awarded Chercheur-boursier junior 1 and 2 awards from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé 2007-2015. In 2013, she became the leader of the Nutrition Axis of the Quebec Research Network on Aging. She joined the School of Human Nutrition as an Associate Member in 2009.

Dr. Treena Wasonti:io Delormier, appointed as Associate Professor of Indigenous Peoples’ Nutrition and Food Security, is also the incoming Associate Director of the Centre for Indigenous Peoples’ Nutrition and Environment (CINE), and a member of the McGill Institute for Global Food Security. Dr. Delormier is a professional dietitian and holds Bachelor and Master degrees in nutrition from McGill University and a PhD in Public Health from the Université de Montréal. She is Kanien’kehà:ka (Mohawk) from the Kahnawake (by the rapids) community, and has had a long-time involvement with the Kahnawake Schools Diabetes Prevention Project.

Dr. Daiva Nielsen, appointed as Assistant Professor of Nutritional Epidemiology, completed her graduate work at the University of Toronto in the areas of nutrigenomics and personalized nutrition. She went on to conduct postdoctoral research in translation genomics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, where she was involved in some of the first clinical trials aimed at evaluating the medical, behavioural and economic outcomes of incorporating genomic sequencing into medical practice. Dr. Nielsen’s training background has provided her with skills in dietary assessment, behaviour modification, genomics and knowledge translation. Her research goals include utilizing genomic information to design tailored strategies for prevention of cardiometabolic diseases, and ensuring optimal knowledge translation to health professionals.

Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry

Dr. Yixiang Wang has joined the Faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Food Science & Agricultural Chemistry. Dr. Wang conducts research related to the fabrication of natural polymer-based nano/micro particles, nano/micro fibres, composite films and hydrogels, and the understanding of the relationship between molecular structure and functional properties. The overall aim is to explore a systematic approach to develop new applications of natural polymers in functional food and advanced food packaging. He has authored/co-authored 34 journal articles, four book chapters and one patent, and serves as a reviewer for many leading journals in the fields of food, polymer and material.

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