2018: Robin M. Tucker, PhD, RD
Dr. Robin M. Tucker, RD, is the recipient of the 2018 ANDF research award for her project titled "Anti-inflammatory effects of daily red chili pepper consumption on colonic mucosa". The purpose of this study is to determine if oral red chili pepper intake at hedonically acceptable doses reduces markers of colonic inflammation. Dr. Tucker's research focuses on how food choices are made and the consequences, both positive and negative, of those choices. She is interested in understanding how the appeal of healthy foods can be enhanced in order to promote consumption. Dr. Tucker earned her doctoral degree in Nutrition Science from Purdue University in 2014. Prior to graduate school, Dr. Tucker worked as the Director of Prevention Services for the Cochise County Health and Human Services Department in Bisbee, Arizona, where she supervised chronic disease prevention and management programs for county residents. Dr. Tucker has also worked as a clinical and outpatient dietitian. Dr. Tucker currently works as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Michigan State University along with her co-investigator on this project, Dr. Sarah Comstock.