Amy St. John

Work History

Work History
Aug 2012 - Present

Graduate Research Assistant

University of Alabama, Human Nutrition Department

As part of a larger NIH funded study, I evaluate lipophilic, hydrophilic, and total antioxidant capacity from blood serum samples of an eldery, obese population that has received exercise and dietary intervention.

Feb 2009 - Dec 2010

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Alabama Innovation and Mentoring of Entrepreneurs

I made graphene/ ionic liquid solutions that were used as a means to increase electrical conductivity of prototype organic solar cells. I also tested the effectiveness of protein-ionic liquid capsules in the delivery of pharmaceutical drugs. 

Aug 2009 - Dec 2010

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant

University of Alabama, Biology Department

As a teaching assistant, I taught introductory level biology and lab techniques to undergraduate students in the biology program. 

Education

Education
Aug 2012 - Present

Masters

University of Alabama
Aug 2006 - Dec 2010

Bachelor of Science

University of Alabama

Skills

Skills

ORAC Analysis

Proficient in utilizing both the ORAC instrument and software to measure total antioxidant capacity 

Microsoft Office

Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel 

Summary

I am a first year graduate student in the nutritional science and dietetics program at the University of Alabama.  I completed my BS in biology at the university in 2010 and have decided to further my education to become a registered dietician with a master's and doctorate in the field of nutritional science.  After completing my bachelor's degree, my initial intention was to attend medical school.  However, throughout the application process for med schools, I grew dissatisfied with the medical field's current emphasis on disease treatment of the individual.  As health care costs increase throughout the country, it will be pivotal to focus on disease prevention to minimize these costs in the future.  This realization prompted my long term goal to become dietician and research scientist.  Ultimately, I wish  to uncover how nutrients are metabolized within the body, and how they function in disease prevention. 

Objective

My objective as a student in the nutritional sciences is to increase my knowledge of nutrient metabolism and nutritional therapy.  Ultimately, increasing my proficiency in these areas will allow me to conduct effective research on chronic disease and improve patient counseling techniques.

Interest

  • The role of nutrient metabolism in body composition 
  • Antioxidants as biomarkers for inflammatory stress
  • Fatty acid oxidation 

Certifications

Certifications

Managefirst Certification

NRA

ServSafe Food Safety Certification

NRA

NIH Human Subjects Training

NIH