Dr. Andrade is an assistant professor and director of the master’s in dietetic internship program. She has a long-term goal to create valid nutrition education tools to improve renal outcomes and delay the initiation of dialysis or increase longevity on dialysis.
Her current research interests focus on designing effective nutrition educational strategies, while addressing the nutritional requirements of adults with certain chronic diseases, e.g. Chronic kidney disease (CKD). Additionally, she is actively involved in the scholarship of teaching and learning, exploring ways to improve undergraduate student’s learning experiences.
Dr. Andrade’s current research focus is on the effect of nutrients and bioactives in foods on markers of protein and inflammation, especially in populations at risk for or suffering from Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). We have used high-protein salads, cookies and other products to see this effect. This work will guide the development of nutrition education strategies that incorporates nutrients and bioactives in foods to improve health outcomes among adults with CKD.