Dustin brings to the Western Human Nutrition Research Center (WHNRC) his background in Nutrition, Research, Toxicology, Dietetics, Culinary Art, and Foodservice. Before pursuing an Associate of Science in Chemistry from City College of San Francisco (CCSF) and transferring to the University of California at Berkeley (Cal) to earn his Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Toxicology, Dustin earned certificates of Culinary Art in Quantity Food Preparation; Soups, Stocks, and Sauces; Baking and Pastry Making; and Knife Skills at Grossmont Community College in San Diego, California. As a student intern, Dustin actively recruited human subjects for a nutrition feeding study that was conducted through the King lab at Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) and the University of California's San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH). In addition to recruiting, Dustin assisted with the development of nursing protocols and was trained in basic techniques for processing blood samples collected during the study. Before graduating from Cal, Dustin accepted a job working as a Dietary Assistant in the metabolic kitchen of the General Clinical Research Center (GCRC) at SFGH. During his time at the GCRC, Dustin was trained in the methodology for producing standardized research meals. After working in the GCRC, Dustin pursued a Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition at Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy while completing his Dietetic Internship through the Frances Stern Nutrition Center at Tufts Medical Center. While earning his graduate degree and completing his supervised clinical training, Dustin also worked as a Nutrition Technician at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA). At the HNRCA, Dustin was further trained in designing and producing standardized research meals for human feeding studies. Upon finishing his graduate education, Dustin worked as a clinical dietitian in an acute rehabilitation center at Tufts Medical Center before accepting his current position as Principal Dietitian and Supervisor at the Western Human Nutrition Research Center.
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