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Zuniga, Krystle

Krystle Zuniga

Assistant Professor of Instruction
Department of Nutritional Sciences


Office Location

Postal Address
200 W 24TH ST
AUSTIN, TX 78712

Dr. Krystle Zuniga completed her PhD in Nutritional Sciences and dietetic internship at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. After completing postdoctoral training in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, she was an Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Foods at Texas State University where her laboratory examined the relationship between diet quality, physical activity, and cognitive function in young adults, breast cancer survivors, and older adults. Dr. Zuniga then held a clinical role and faculty appointment at the Livestrong Cancer Institutes of the Dell Medical School at University of Texas at Austin. In addition to teaching a variety of courses in the Department of Nutritional Services at UT, she owns a private practice as a board certified oncology dietitian. 

Moran NE, Thomas-Ahner JM, Wan L, Zuniga KE, Erdman JW, Clinton SK. Tomatoes, Lycopene, and Prostate Cancer: What Have We Learned from Experimental Models? Journal of Nutrition 9;152(6):1381-1403. (2022)

Ullevig SL, Zuniga K, Austin Lobitz C, Santoyo A, Yin Z. Egg protein supplementation improvedUllevig SL, Zuniga K, Austin Lobitz C, Santoyo A, Yin Z. Egg protein supplementation improvedupper body muscle strength and protein intake in community-dwelling older adult females whoattended congregate meal sites or adult learning centers: A pilot randomized controlled trial. Nutrition and Health. 28(4):611-620. (2022)

Bishop NJ, Ullevig SL, Wang K, Zuniga KE. Dietary quality modifies the association betweenmultimorbidity and change in mobility limitations among older Americans. Preventive Medicine. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2021.106721. (2021)

Bishop NJ and Zuniga KE. Investigating walnut consumption and cognitive trajectories in a representative sample of older U.S. adults. Public Health Nutrition, 24:1741-1752 (2021).

Zuniga KE, Bishop NJ, Turner A. Dietary lutein and zeaxanthin are associated with working memory in an older adult population. Public Health Nutrition 24:1708-1715 (2021).

Bishop NJ, Zuniga KE, Ramirez CM. Latent profile analysis of dietary intake in a representative sample of older americans. Public Health Nutrition 23:243-253 (2020).

Bishop NJ, Zuniga KE. Egg consumption, multi-domain cognitive performance, and short-term cognitive change in a representative sample of older U.S. adults. Journal of the American College of Nutrition 38:537-546 (2019).

Zuniga KE, Meuller MN, Santana AR, Kelemen WL. Acute aerobic exercise improves memory across intensity and fitness levels. Memory 27(5):628-636 (2019).

Zuniga KE, Parma DL, Munoz E, Wargovich M, Brownell I, Ramirez AG. Dietary intervention among breast cancer survivors increased adherence to an anti-inflammatory dietary pattern: the Rx for better breast health randomized controlled trial. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment 173(1):145-154 (2019).

Zuniga KE, Bishop NJ. Recent cancer treatment and memory decline in older adults: An analysis of the 2002-2012 Health and Retirement Study. Journal of Geriatric Oncology. 9(3): 186193 (2018).

Zuniga KE & Moran, N. E. (2018). Low serum carotenoids are associated with self-reported cognitive dysfunction and inflammatory markers in breast cancer survivors. Nutrients 10(8):pii:e1111 (2018). 

Bishop NJ, Zuniga KE, Lucht A. Latent profiles of macronutrient density and their association with mobility limitations in an observational longitudinal study of older U.S. adults. The Journal of Nutrition, Health, & Aging 22(6):645-654 (2018).

Applegate C, Mueller M, Zuniga KE. Influence of dietary acid load on exercise performance. International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism 27(3):213-219 (2017).

Zuniga KE, Downey DL, McCluskey R, Rivers CA. Need for and interest in a sports nutrition mobile device application among division I collegiate athletes. International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism 27(1):43-49 (2017).

Cooke GE, Wetter NC, Banducci SE, Mackenzie MJ, Zuniga KE, Awick EA, Roberts SA, Sutton BP, McAuley E, Kramer AF. Moderate physical activity mediates the association between white matter lesion volume and memory recall in breast cancer survivors. PLoS One 11(2):e0149552 (2016).

Mackenzie MJ, Zuniga KE, Awick EA, Raine LB, Hillman CH, Kramer AF, McAuley E. Associations between physical fitness indices and working memory in breast cancer survivors and age-matched controls. Journal of Women’s Health 25(1):99-108 (2016).

Zuniga KE, Mackenzie MJ, Roberts SA, Raine LB, Hillman CH, Kramer AF, McAuley E. Relationship between fruit and vegetable intake and interference control in breast cancer survivors. European Journal of Nutrition 55(4):1555-62 (2016).

Zuniga KE, Mackenzie MJ, Kramer A, McAuley E. Subjective memory impairment and wellbeing in community-dwelling older adults. Psychogeriatrics 16(1):20-6 (2016).

Zuniga KE and McAuley E. Considerations in selection of diet assessment methods for examining the effect of nutrition on cognition. Journal of Nutrition Health and Aging 19(3):33340 (2015).

Chaddock-Heyman L, Mackenzie MJ, Zuniga KE, Cooke G, Awick EA, Roberts SA, Erickson KI, McAuley E, Kramer AF. Higher cardiorespiratory fitness levels are associated with greater hippocampal volume in breast cancer survivors. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 9:465 (2015).

Gothe NP, Wójcicki TR, Olson EA, Fanning J, Awick E, Chung HD, Zuniga KE, Mackenzie MJ, Motl RW, McAuley E. Physical activity levels and patterns in older adults: the influence of a DVD delivered exercise program. Journal of Behavioral Medicine 38:91-97 (2015).

Awick EA, Wójcicki TR, Olson EA, Fanning J, Chung HD, Zuniga KE, Mackenzie MJ, Kramer AF, McAuley E. Differential exercise effects on quality of life and health-related quality of life in older adults: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Quality of Life Research 24(2):455-462 (2015).

Zuniga K, Erdman JW Jr., Clinton, SK. The interactions of dietary tomato powder and soy germ on prostate carcinogenesis in the TRAMP model. Cancer Prevention Research 6(6):548-57 (2013). 

Zuniga KE, Erdman JW Jr. Combined feeding of tomato powder and soy germ results in altered isoflavone and carotenoid bioavailability in rats. Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry 59(10):5335-41 (2011).

Ford NA, Elsen AC, Zuniga KE, Lindshield B, Erdman, JW. Lycopene and its metabolite, apo12’- lycopenal, reduce cell proliferation and alter cell cycle progression in human prostate cancer cells. Nutrition and Cancer 63(2): 256-63 (2011).

NTR 312, NTR 370, NTR 371, NTR317L