Lab Group

Lead Lab Coordinators

Dr. Michelle Mackenzie

Michelle completed her degrees in nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan, McGill and the University of Alberta. Since receiving her doctoral degree she has been active in research and teaching at the University of Alberta. She has been involved with nutrition research on protein and metabolism, regulation of appetite, energy balance and dietary intake. When not working, Michelle likes to wander outside, usually with a dog and occasionally running.

Claire Trottier

Claire has a B. Sc. in Biological Sciences with a minor in Nutrition from the University of Alberta. She was first introduced to the field of research as a volunteer during her undergraduate degree where she performed data entry for a study investigating maternal diet and nutrient intake during pregnancy. She then went on to work for a Canada-wide study which aimed to identify the key factors that influence food and fluid intake of older adults living in long-term care facilities.

As the Lead Lab Coordinator, Claire provides research support to all of Dr. Prado's ongoing research endeavours, including research studies in cancer, obesity and healthy populations. Her work can be behind-the-scenes, face-to-face with study participants or with biological samples in the laboratory.

In her spare time, Claire loves to do outdoor activities such as running, camping and spending time with her labrador retriever.

Research Coordinator

Andre Pelletier

André completed a MSc in Integrative Biosciences in Kinesiology at Western University and is certified as a clinical exercise physiologist through the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology.

As the research coordinator of the Diet-Restriction and Exercise-induced Adaptations in Metastatic breast cancer (DREAM) study, André recruits new participants, organizes study visits, prepares the diet intervention and conducts exercise sessions during chemotherapy infusion. André also performs exercise testing for other diet and exercise intervention studies in patients with early-stage breast cancer as well as survivors.

André was an elite rower and he now coaches and volunteers at regattas.

Research Assistants

Felicia Sim

Felicia has a BSc in Biological Sciences and a minor in Psychology from the University of Alberta. She first joined the Prado Lab to learn more about the field of nutrition and research, and discovered her interest in data collection with the vast array of different body composition and energy metabolism assessment techniques available at the HNRU.

As a research assistant, Felicia is currently working on a number of projects related to nutrition, body composition and metabolism in the pediatric and healthy population. In addition, she provides support within the lab and is in charge of Prado Lab social events.

In her spare time, Felicia enjoys cooking, trying new recipes, spending time with friends and family and travelling. She hopes to learn more about the different cuisines of the world.

Reena Duke

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Ana Teresa Limon-Miro

Ana completed her Ph.D. in Sciences at the Research Center for Food and Development (CIAD) in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, her hometown-, where she is an experienced registered dietitian and diabetes educator. During the last years, her contributions published in scientific journals or presented at international conferences consist in sarcopenic obesity prevention in breast cancer patients during active cancer treatment, body composition assessment, and implementing food-based nutrition interventions using novel approaches to individualize dietary plans. She is an active member of several scientific societies focused on Nutrition and Dietetics and has received awards as an academic lecturer and researcher. Currently she is working as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Prado and Dr. Tandon at the University of Alberta in a trial evaluating a digital app to deliver a combined nutrition and exercise intervention for patients with cirrhosis, cancer, and chronic obstructive lung disease. Outside of academia, Ana enjoys running, travelling and going to the theatre and museums.

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.

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.

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.

Visitor PhD Student

Bruna Silva

Bruna 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 her internship at the University of São Paulo Faculty of Medicine Clinics Hospital of Ribeirão Preto, USP.

She has been involved in academic research since the beginning of her undergraduate program. She started researching obesity, body composition, and since 2015 she has been enthusiastic about breast cancer and body composition. Therefore, she decided to go deeper in this research area, through a doctorate degree at the University of São Paulo (USP), Ribeirão Preto, where she studies different techniques for assessing body composition, diet, oxidative stress and quality of life in breast cancer.

Due to Bruna's passion for having direct contact with patients, she also volunteered as a dietitian during her first and second year of PhD at the Faculty of Medicine Clinics Hospital of Ribeirão Preto. Currently, Bruna is a third-year PhD student in Brazil and has received an academic excellence based award from a public research incentive company in Brazil to spend a year in Dr. Prado's Nutrition and Metabolism lab, under the supervision of Dr Prado, where she will continue to study breast cancer.

She loves cats, music, spending time with her family, playing sports, traveling, besides this time in Canada will be a dream come true.

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Laura Velcoff

Laura is a student at the University of Alberta going into her third year of the dietetics specialization. She is currently working for Dr. Prado and Katherine Ford as a Summer research assistant/student. Laura will undergo a year-long practicum in the dietetic field beginning in the Spring of 2021 where she looks forward to experiencing the clinical, food service, and community fields in nutrition. In Laura’s next semesters, she will be exploring her interests in nutrition for cancer and other chronic diseases, as well as sports nutrition. Laura has volunteered in multiple areas including My Viva Plan, Bluebird Volleyball Club, and the Medicine Hat College Athletics Program. In her spare time, Laura loves to go to the gym, play volleyball, and visit her family (including her dogs) in her hometown of Medicine Hat, Alberta.