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Summary

Researcher with over a decade of experience in the basic, clinical, and applied aspects of nutrition research. Research projects undertaken were relevant to the needs of industry partners, including work on tree nuts - specifically pistachios - for decreasing risk of cardiovascular disease; probiotics for improving gastrointestinal health and immune function; and more recent use of a behavioural economics approach for increasing vegetable intake in young adults.

Objective

To be part of an innovative team that bridges current health and nutrition science with federal policy to meet consumer preferences and needs.

Work experience

 20152017

Statistical Computing Analyst (Part-time)

Data Resource Centre, University of Guelph

Provided statistical computing support for the University of Guelph community.                                         Emphasis on quantitative analyses using SAS and SPSS, and qualitative analyses using NVivo.                   Development of an online SPSS guide for the university community.

Sep 2014Aug 2015

Project Advisor / Preceptor

Family Relations & Applied Nutrition, University of Guelph

Project advisor/preceptor for student in the Masters of Applied Nutrition program.                                       Mentor and administrative lead for student’s final research project.

Sep 2013Apr 2017

Sessional Lecturer

Family Relations & Applied Nutrition, University of Guelph; University of Guelph-Humber

2017                 NUTR*4900: Special Topics in Nutrition (In class) – The Gut Microbiome and Human Health

2016                 NUTR*1010: Introduction to Nutrition (In class)

2013, 2015      NUTR*2050: Nutrition through the Life Cycle (In class and online)

2014                 SCMA*2050: The Science of Healthy Living (In class)

Oct 2005Aug 2007

Research Assistant 

Animal Biosciences, University of Guelph

Responsible for the maintenance and management of the laboratory.                                                  Investigated the nutritional control of feed utilization and efficiency in beef cattle.                                 Performed biological sample collection and various biochemical analyses.                                             Conducted two-dimensional high-performance liquid chromatography and immuno-blotting.

Education

April 2017

Applied Human Nutrition (Ph.D. Candidate)

University of Guelph

Expected date of completion - April 2017.

Thesis: Design of nudge-based interventions for increasing vegetable intake in young adults using mixed methods.

Minor project: Clinical investigation of efficacy of probiotic supplementation for maintenance of gastrointestinal health and improving immune function. Conducted at The Pennsylvania State University, USA.

Dec 2009

MSc. Animal Science (Animal Nutrition) 

University of Guelph

Thesis: Development of a proteomic-based method for investigation of bovine pancreatic cell function.

Apr 2005

BSc. Molecular Biology & Genetics

University of Guelph

Final Year Project: Investigation of cytokine release induced by glycoprotein isolated from Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus.

Recent Abstracts

The Case for Vegetables in Public Health Nutrition. S. Holligan (May 2015). Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses Scientific Symposium, Guelph, ON, N1G 2W1 - Graduate Student Award Winner.

The Case for Vegetables in Public Health Nutrition. S. Holligan (January 2015). EcoHealth Community of Interest, Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses, and the Graduate Student KTT-KMb Learning Circle Infographic Symposium, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, N1G 2W1 – First Prize.

A Study of the Effects of the Delivery System on the Efficacy of the Probiotic Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis BB-12 in Mediating Colonic Transit Time and Improving Immune Function. S. Holligan, R. F. Roberts, P. M. Kris-Etherton, J. A. Fleming, Z. Ba, K. E. Polizzano, E. J. Furumoto, C. J. Rogers (FASEB 2013).

Publications

A Moderate-Fat Diet Containing Pistachios Improves Emerging Markers of Cardiometabolic Syndrome in Healthy Adults with Elevated LDL Levels. Holligan, S.D., Gebauer, S.K., West, S.G., Kay, C.D., Kris-Etherton, P.M. British Journal of Nutrition, 112: 744 - 752, 2014.

Dietary Patterns that Decrease Cardiovascular Disease and Increase Longevity. Fleming, J.A., Holligan, S., Kris-Etherton, P.M.  Journal of Clinical & Experimental Cardiology, S6: 006. doi:10.4172/2155-9880.S6-006, 2013.

Holligan, S. D., Berryman, C. E., Wang, L., Flock, M. R., Harris, K. A. and Kris-Etherton, P. M. (2012) Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease, in Present Knowledge in Nutrition, Tenth Edition (eds J. W. Erdman, I. A. Macdonald and S. H. Zeisel), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK.

A proteomics approach to detect tissue-wide adaptive changes in the pancreas associated with increased pancreatic α-amylase activity in domestic cattle (Bos taurus). Holligan, S., Wang, J., Cant, J.P., Swanson, K.C. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part D: Genomics and Proteomics 8 (1): 65-71, 2012.

Effect of dietary crude protein level on visceral organ mass, cellularity and the protein expression of ATP synthase, Na+/K+-ATPase, proliferating cell nuclear antigen and ubiquitin in feedlot steers. Wang, Y.J., Holligan, S., Salim, H., Fan, M.Z., McBride, B.W., Swanson, K.C. Canadian Journal of Animal Science 89 (4): 493-501, 2009.

Effect of dietary corn silage inclusion on visceral organ mass, cellularity and the protein expression of ATP synthase, Na+/K+-ATPase, proliferating cell nuclear antigen and ubiquitin in feedlot steers. Wang, Y.J., Wood, K.M., Martin, L., Holligan, S., Kelly, N., McBride, B.W., Fan, M.Z., Swanson, K.C. Canadian Journal of Animal Science 89 (4): 503-512, 2009.

Effect of dry matter intake on visceral organ mass, cellularity, and the protein expression of ATP synthase, Na+/K+-ATPase, proliferating cell nuclear antigen and ubiquitin in feedlot steers. Wang, Y.J., Ko, M., Holligan, S., McBride, B.W., Fan, M.Z., Swanson, K.C. Canadian Journal of Animal Science 89 (2): 253-262, 2009.

Pancreatic mass, cellularity, and α-amylase and trypsin activity in feedlot steers fed diets differing in crude protein concentration. Swanson, K.C., Kelly, N., Salim, H., Wang, Y.J., Holligan, S., Fan, M.Z., McBride, B.W. Journal of Animal Science 86 (4): 909-915, 2008.

Skills

Project Management
Experimental Design
Survey Development
Qualitative Research 
Data Analysis 
Knowledge Translation
Report Writing
Social Media Exchange
Public Presentation

Awards

Board of Graduate Studies Research Scholarship, University of Guelph; September 2016.

Ontario Graduate Scholarship, University of Guelph; 2015 – 2016.

Class Action Vitamin Research Award, University of Guelph; July 2015.

Board of Graduate Studies Research Scholarship, University of Guelph; February 2015.

Ina M. Kniep Memorial Graduate Scholarship, University of Guelph; September 2014.

The Graham Endowed Fellowship, The Pennsylvania State University, USA; January 2010.

William A. Stewart Bursaries in Dairy Research, University of Guelph; January 2009.

 

Other Interests

Open Guelph (Open Government Initiative), City of Guelph: September 2014 – December 2015

Volunteer member of the Open Guelph Leadership Taskforce.                                                                           Drafting framework for program evaluation for Open Guelph initiatives.                                                           Early stage design of the Guelph Civics School curriculum, an initiative for development of engaged citizens.

Ashoka Changemakers / American Express Emerging Innovator: June 2014

Participated in leadership training as co-developer of Ambe!, an educational tool to promote daily physical activity and social participation among Canadians.   

Healthy People Penn State Research Conference and Expo: October 2011, October 2012

Participated in outreach to emerging scholars from the USA and US Virgin Islands on potential graduate studies in the College of Health and Human Development at The Pennsylvania State University.                   Presented current research in poster format for visiting scholars.                                                           Participated in a professional development round-table discussion on the ‘Graduate School Experience’ with potential students.

World Food Day seminar organizer: October 2010 

Spearheaded the 1st World Food Day seminar entitled ‘Challenges toward Food Security’ on October 14th, 2010; sponsored by the Nutrition Graduate Student Association at The Pennsylvania State University.          

Volunteer; Peer Helper, Centre for Students with Disabilities, University of Guelph: (September 2002 – April 2003); (September 2003 – April 2005)

Worked with Mr. Barry Wheeler, Advisor to students with disabilities.                                                              Aided Mr. Wheeler in facilitating workshops on accessibility issues for campus groups.                                   Provided support for students with physical and temporary disabilities.                                                         Assisted students in attending classes, doing academic research and obtaining meals.                                 Proctored exams for students requiring specific accommodations.                      

References

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