Dr. Justin Buendia is a 2016 PhD graduate in Nutrition and Metabolism at Boston University School of Medicine. His dissertation involved estimating the long-term effects of dietary protein, dairy, and yogurt on incident hypertension risk and subsequent cardiovascular disease risk in middle-aged adults, for which three major publications are being developed for publication. He has two first author publications on dietary determinants of blood pressure in adolescent girls and middle-aged adults as well as a co-authorship on the effects of the DASH-diet on high blood pressure risk in adolescent girls. Before graduate school, he worked in the flavor industry as a flavor technologist and creative flavorist assistant compounding and creating different flavors in various systems such as dairy, confectionary, beverages, and savory applications while completing his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry with a Nutrition minor at Rutgers University - School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. From a multidisciplinary training in biochemistry, food science industry, and nutrition, Dr. Buendia aspires to integrate all of his skills by being a scientific liaison or helping to manage research development in the effects of diet on chronic diseases. Nutrition is a rapidly evolving science and with his nutrition epidemiology graduate training, Dr. Buendia hopes to be able to contribute to the field by critically editing articles and ensuring the most current and methodologically sound evidence-based research be published and made available to all. Dr. Buendia is currently an Epidemiologist at the Texas Department of State Health services where he designs and implements statistical analyses appropriate for epidemiologic and programmatic data with a focus on HIV and STD prevention programming.
His research interest lies in the integration of nutritional epidemiology along with food science and its application to eventual healthier food products for the public. He hopes to be sable to bridge the gap in the nutrition science field and how the public perceives that message in a more relatable and clear way.