Diana Pacyga

Diana Pacyga

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MS Student in Human Nutrition
Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition


Degree Program

MS in Human Nutrition

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Rita Strakovsky

Background and Research Interests

Diana graduated from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) with a Bachelor’s of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology, a minor in Chemistry, and a certificate in Neuroscience. Her research combines human nutrition with toxicology and epidemiology. Using data collected from the Illinois Kids Development Study (I-KIDS), her research focuses on the effects of various prenatal exposures (i.e. endocrine disrupting chemicals, maternal obesity/adiposity) on steroid hormones (estrogen and testosterone) important for pregnancy and fetal development. The long-term goal of this research is to investigate how these prenatal exposures affect development in infants and children.