Neda Akhavan

Neda Akhavan

Ph.D., Nutrition and Food Science

  • Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Cancer
  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Hypertension
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Diabetes

Elizabeth Foley

Ph.D., Nutrition & Food Science

  • Gut Microbiome
  • Aging
  • Functional Foods
  • Cognition and concussions

Elizabeth Foley is a third-year doctoral student at Florida State University. She graduated with an undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Miami in 2014. She then went on to earn her master’s degree in Exercise Physiology Nutrition for Health and Human Performance in 2015. Elizabeth hopes to use her knowledge to educate the public about proper nutrition, make important research discoveries, and ultimately change the way food is viewed in the United States; she also hopes to teach at the university level. In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys reading, writing, and training Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Her research interests include the gut microbiome, cognition, aging, obesity, functional foods, and nutraceuticals. Favorite nutrition fact: Prunes reverse osteoporosis.

Elizabeth has a blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and has been to 43 states.

Kelli George

Ph.D., Nutrition & Food Science

  • Functional foods
  • Chronic diseases

Kelli is a doctoral student in nutrition and food sciences.  She grew up outside of Richmond, Virginia and graduated with a B.S. in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2014.  After graduating she completed her dietetic internship at Virginia Commonwealth University Health Systems to become a Registered Dietitian.  Kelli is pursuing a career as a professor and looks forward to teaching new generations of students and researching the role of functional foods in preventing and reversing chronic diseases.

Kelli enjoys spending time outdoors, trips to visit friends and family back home, and playing with her cute little puppy Romeo.

Joseph Munoz

Ph.D., Nutrition & Food Science

  • Studying the role of whole foods, as well as specific components of food, in their ability to prevent, or cure diseased states and promote health.

Enjoys lifting weights, cooking, playing basketball, and spending time with his dog outside of school.

Gregory Seibert

Ph.D., Marriage and Family Therapy

  • Self-control
  • Couples coping with chronic illness
  • Emotion regulation

Greg is a doctoral student in the Marriage and Family Therapy program. His general research interests revolve around couples’ ability to manage and regulate stress resulting from chronic illness. Greg graduated from the Metropolitan State University of Denver with a B.A. in Psychology and from the University of San Diego with an M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy. Currently, Greg assists at the Family Institute at Florida State University where he runs experimental studies. His long-term goals are to conduct research to inform therapeutic practices in collaborative care programs as well as use his experiences as a therapist to inform his research.

Greg served in the United States Air Force for 9 years where he did two tours in Iraq.