Jasminka Z Ilich Ernst
Professor, Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences
Florida State University, USA
Dr. Ilich received her advance degrees at the University of Utah and University of Zagreb/Ohio State University. She joined the Florida State University in 2006 where she came from the University of Connecticut. She is also a visiting professor at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, Zagreb, Croatia. Her publishing activity amounts to over 100 publications including original studies,review or by request papers, book chapters/symposia volumes and numerous abstracts. She is also a member of numerous professional organizations and serves either on the editorial board or as a regular reviewer for many professional journals. She is a frequently invited speaker for presentations and lectures about her research as well as about the topics on women’s issues by different organizations and forums, nationally and internationally.
Dr. Ilich’s research scope spans through several modalities:basic, in mesenchymal stem cells investigating nutritional influences on osteoblast (bone forming cells) and adipocyte lineages; translational, in animal models with feeding studies and mechanical loading, as well as investigating bioavailability of calcium, magnesium, and zinc and their competitive interaction during absorptive processes; clinical trials,including nutritional interventions in human subjects incorporating behavioral modification and modes of physical activity to investigate the effects of various life-style modifiers (nutrition, physical activity), on bone health and body composition (lean and muscle tissue); outreach, including education and health promotion in underserved communities.