Lab Group

Lead Lab Coordinator

Claire Trottier

Claire has a B. Sc. in Biological Sciences with a minor in Nutrition from the University of Alberta and graduated in 2014. She has previous experience in the field of research which started as volunteer work during her undergraduate degree preforming data entry for a study that was investigating maternal diet and nutrient intake during pregnancy. She later went on to work on a Canada wide study which aimed to identity the key factors that influence food and fluid intake of older adults living in long-term care facilities. Her background in science and thirst for knowledge has only reinforced her interest in working in the field of research.
As a Research Coordinator in Dr. Prado’s Lab, Claire is currently providing support for various research projects that are investigating energy expenditure and body composition in cancer.
In her spare time, Claire loves to do outdoor activities such as running and camping and swimming in the icey cold waters of Jasper National Park.

Graduate Students
Camila Oliveira
Camila completed a nutrition degree and internship in Brazil. She is also a registered dietitian in her home country. Since her undergraduation she is passionate about nutrition and exercise, which conducted her to specialize in Nutrition Applied to Physical Exercise in Sao Paulo University. In 2015, she received her Masters of Science in Nutrition and Health at the Federal University of Goias, where she studied the effect of nutritional supplementation and physical exercise in the elderly and received a State scholarship for two consecutive years. Following her passion, Camila is currently a third year PhD student in Nutrition and Metabolism at Dr. Prado’s lab. Her research aims to evaluate the effect of a high-protein diet on energy metabolism, appetite sensations and metabolic blood markers in healthy women. Besides that, Camila loves animals, parties, spending time with her family and friends, travelling, eating and playing sports.

Maha Alsaif

Maha Alsaif is a PhD student working with both Drs. Prado and Andrea Haqq at the University of Alberta. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics Internship at (Al-Iman General Hospital) in Saudi Arabia. Based on the success she achieved throughout her training period at Al-Iman General Hospital, she was offered a job by the Hospital where she worked as a Dietitian. She later moved to Canada to pursue her Master of Science degree in Human Nutritional Sciences at the University of Manitoba where she received the International Graduate Student Entrance Scholarship from the Faculty of Graduate Studies. She is also received an Academic Excellence awards from the King Saud University in Saudi Arabia. Due to her academic and professional excellence, she was granted a full funded scholarship from the Government of Saudi Arabia so, that she could continue her M.Sc and eventual PhD degrees. Her research aims are to understand the excessive weight gain in children with Prader-Willi-Syndrome. Besides studying, she loves traveling, listening to great music, skating and spending time with family and friends.

Katherine Ford

Katherine is a PhD student in Dr. Prado’s Lab. She obtained both her Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Foods and Nutrition and her Dietetic Internship from the University of Prince Edward Island.
Katherine then worked as a Registered Dietitian in clinical and community nutrition before pursuing her Master of Science degree at the University of Saskatchewan. Throughout her undergraduate- and graduate-level research, Katherine has been successful in obtaining many scholarships and awards for her academic excellence and leadership. She has presented her work at academic conferences, published her findings, and enjoys guest lecturing on various nutrition-related topics. She has a passion for teaching and mentoring aspiring health care professionals. Katherine’s research interests include nutritional assessment and body composition in adults with chronic disease. Outside of academia, Katherine enjoys hiking and travelling the world. She has always been enthralled with flying and holds a pilot licence and seaplane rating.

Anissa Armet

Anissa is a first-year PhD student supervised by Drs. Prado and Jens Walter. She recently received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Sciences with distinction, and completed a year-long Integrated Dietetic Internship, both from the University of Alberta. Anissa discovered her passion for research during her experiences working and volunteering for different nutrition studies in her undergraduate degree. She has worked as a consulting dietitian for participants enrolled in a large clinical trial, educating and counselling them on how to improve their diet and lifestyle. Anissa has also been the recipient of numerous scholarships due to her extensive volunteering and academic excellence at the University of Alberta. Her current research focuses on modulating the gut microbiome using nutrition interventions, especially by increasing dietary fibre intake, to benefit health. In her spare time, Anissa loves to cook, go on hikes, travel, and spend time with family and friends.

Camila Orsso

Camila Orsso is a M.Sc student of both Drs. Prado and Andrea Haqq at the University of Alberta. She completed a B.Sc in Physical Education at the Federal University of Technology – Paraná, Brazil. Her passion for research started in her first year of university, in which she helped to conduct studies about body composition, obesity, osteoporosis, and performance in sports. Later on her undergraduate program, she received a federal scholarship to study and work as a research intern in Canada. Once in Edmonton, she worked for Drs. Prado and Haqq, and learned different techniques of body composition assessment such as magnetic resonance imaging and air displacement plethysmography. Her main research aim was to analyze the body composition of children with Prader-Willi Syndrome. Previously to apply for a M.Sc program, she was a researcher volunteer at the University of Toronto, where she improved her knowledge in measuring muscle mass and strength. Now she is back in Edmonton for her Master’s degree, and her current research aims to investigate the metabolic and functional outcomes associated with the low muscle and high adiposity phenotype in children. In her spare time, Camila loves to have coffee with friends, stay with her family, and play sports.

Ana Paula Pagano

Ana Paula is a first year PhD student supervised by Dr Prado. She completed a Nutrition and Metabolism degree at the University of São Paulo (USP), Ribeirão Preto, Brazil - her home country -, where she is a registered dietitian. She also completed both her internship and Specialization in Nutrition at the Hospital of Clinics, Medical School of Ribeirão Preto, USP. During her specialization she began working on the field of body composition assessment of patients with cancer and became very passionate about it. As such, she decided to pursue this passion working on a Master degree, also at USP, and received a competitive two-year scholarship. She completed her degree in 2019 and her work focuses on exploring different techniques for body composition assessment in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma.
Ana Paula also loves connecting with patients and students. As a graduate student, she has volunteered as a dietitian at the Hospital of Clinics of Medical School of Ribeirão Preto, providing nutritional care for oncological outpatients and assisting undergraduate students during their internship at the same institution. As a PhD student, her current research aims to study energy requirements in patients with cancer using innovative techniques and approaches.
In her spare time she likes reading fiction books, watching tv series and movies and spending time with her husband and her dog Sushi. 

Research Assistants

Reena Duke

Felicia Sim