TOS Fellows Spotlight: Interview with Candida J. Rebello, PhD, LLB, RD, FTOS

By Camille Schneider, RD posted 05-08-2017 10:27


Today the membership would like to take few minutes and recognize a new Fellow of the Obesity Society, Candida J. Rebello, PhD, LLB, RD, FTOS.

Q: What is your full name, credentials, and title?

A: Candida J. Rebello, Ph.D., LL.B.,R.D., FTOS, Postdoctoral Fellow - Pennington Biomedical Research Center


Q: What is your primary research question or clinical field?

A: I am investigating the effects of botanicals on components of the metabolic syndrome in human adipocytes.


Q: How long have you been in your career?

A: I have been a research dietitian involved in clinical trials for the past five years but for my postdoctoral research which started a little over a year ago, I elected to also engage in the basic sciences as a prelude to my goal of doing translational research.


Q: What excites you the most about your work?

A: I wake up every day excited at the prospect of new findings in the lab, with the ultimate aim of being able to take the results from laboratory intervention trials and evaluate them in humans.


Q: What advice do you have to offer early career obesity professionals?

A: Don’t be afraid to venture into areas of research that are unfamiliar to you. Diversity breeds innovation. However, take a moment to sit back and think things over carefully, look at the literature, and allow your research to guide you.


Q: What do you enjoy doing when not at work?

A: I enjoy pursuing culinary arts (both gourmet and research-oriented food development) and I love to travel.


Q: Why did you decide to join TOS?

A: Ever since I got interested in nutrition, addressing obesity and its comorbidities has been my focus. TOS provides an excellent platform to imbibe knowledge and bounce ideas from the best in the field.


Q: How has TOS helped your career?

A: TOS helps me to stay abreast of research in the field of obesity. The meetings are interesting and provide the opportunity to interact with others who share my interests in the field of obesity research.