Faculty & Staff

Batista, Celia De Souza

Assistant Professor
Nutritional Sciences

Research Interests: 

  • Nutritional therapeutics for sickle cell disease and health disparities

Engeljohn, Daniel

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Nutritional Sciences

Graham, Avis

Assistant Professor & Director Coordinated Program in Dietetics

Research Interests:

  • Childhood and adult obesity 
  • School feeding program (National School Lunch Program

Barbara Harland

Harland, Barbara


Research Interests: 

  • Carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals with a special focus on the role of zinc in human metabolism.  
  • Investigation into the interaction between phytate and phytase and mineral absorption.

Ntekim, Oyonumo E

Assostant Professor

Research Interests:

  • Molecular bases for Alzheimer’s disease dementia, and metabolic syndrome
  • New drug development, bioactive herbal constituents, and functional genomics. 

Johnson, Allan

Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Research Interests: 

  • Risk factors for overweight/obesity and cardiovascular disease, Cardiovascular health in faith-based populations

Fungwe, Thomas V.

Associate Professor and Chairperson

Research Interests: 

  • Nutrigenomics: Role of diet in chronic disease prevention (obesity, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease and other metabolic conditions, including aging

Castor, Chimene

Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator Dietetics program

Research Interests: 

  • Formative and Summative evaluation of Dietetics program including self-efficacy of dietetic students from HBCUs
  • Health disparities: Impact of sleep on dietary intake, risk metabolic syndrome, diabetes and cardiovascular disease in minority males
  • Use of technology for tailored interventions

Thompson, Linda

Assistant Professor Nutritional Sciences

Research Interests:

  • Chronic disease prevention and Nutrition/health disparities.