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Dr. Andrea Y Arikawa

Associate Professor, University of North Florida, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics

Dr. Arikawa has a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and a Masters’s degree in Public Health from the same university. She received her doctoral degree in Nutrition with a minor in Biostatistics from the University of Minnesota where she worked as a postdoctoral fellow and research associate for eight years. Dr. Arikawa joined UNF in 2014 and her primary research interests include the role bioactive components in foods and the gut microflora play on prevention and treatment of chronic disease as well as dietary and lifestyle behavior modification to improve biomarkers associated with inflammation, obesity, and cancer risk.

Melissa Baron MS, RDN, LD/N

Instructor and Doctoral Student, University of North Florida, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics

Melissa Baron is a registered dietitian and has been a faculty member in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of North Florida since 2018. Melissa received her Bachelor’s in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Florida, and her Master’s in Health Administration from the University of North Florida. She is currently completing a Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition, and for her doctoral research, she is investigating the effects of fermented vegetables on the gut microbiome and cardiovascular health. Melissa has extensive experience working as a dietitian in a variety of health care settings, and she has strong research interests in food science and food safety.