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Alumni from the University of Texas at Austin Nutritional Science program go on to exciting and varied careers, becoming researchers, educators, health professionals and more. Read on for a sampling of what our graduates do when they leave UT.

Dr. Laura Bowers spent her graduate student years at UT-Austin working to find ways to prevent breast cancer. She graduated from UT in 2014 and was recently named a "Scientist to Watch" by The Scientist magazine. Her work explores the role of obesity in breast cancer risk.  

Doctor Bowers

Dr. Archana Gopalan is a postdoctoral fellow at the Jackson Laboratory, a nonprofit biomedical research institution, where she searches for better cancer treatments using a paper-thin slice of tissue. You can learn more about Dr. Gopalan and her research by reading the article, A Slice of Life: The Search for Variation in Brain Tumors.


Dr. Ben House earned his Ph.D. at UT Austin and is now the head of Functional Medicine Costa Rica. At the institute, Dr. House focuses on the underlying lifestyle and dietary choices of patients to improve their outcomes. He regularly attends conferences around the world where he presents his groundbreaking findings. You can learn more about Dr. House's health innovations, as well as Functional Medicine, at his blog.



Dr. Karla Lawson graduated from the program in 2003 and now works at Dell Children's Medical Hospital. Dr. Lawson was awarded the Cancer Prevention Fellowship at the National Institutes of Health for 2003-2006. She focuses on child injury and recently featured on KVUE in a story about how medical professionals are tackling the problem of child abuse. You can read about that here.

Karla Lawson

Dr. Jane Lee finished up her Ph.D. at UT Austin and now works as a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard School of Medicine. She also does work with the Boston Children's Hospital. Dr. Lee's research can be followed at ResearchGate.



Dr. Madonna Mamerow authored a preliminary study that supports the idea that we should boost protein consumption at breakfast and back off a bit at dinner. The study was included in a Forbes Magazine article, "Balancing daily protein intake across meals increases muscle protein," which you can read here.


Saroja Voruganti, Ph.D., joined the Univeristy of North Carolina at Charpel Hill, Nutrition Faculty.


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