Daria Igudesman PhD, RDPostdoctoral Fellow, AdventHealth Orlando Translational Research Institute, Orlando, Florida; Adjunct Instructor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Daria Igudesman, PhD, RD, is a postdoctoral fellow at the AdventHealth Translational Research Institute, whose work as a dietitian-researcher focuses on clinically actionable modes of co-managing weight and glycemia in type 1 diabetes, primarily through nutrition approaches. She received her doctoral training in Nutritional Epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health under the co-advisorship of Drs. Elizabeth Mayer-Davis and Ian Carroll. One arm of her research considers the ways in which the intestinal microbiota and its signaling metabolites can be augmented through diet to improve health outcomes in people with type 1 diabetes. More recently, Dr. Igudesman has expanded her research focus to investigate how ways of eating that align with circadian biology—namely, time restricted eating—can be safely adapted to help people with type 1 diabetes manage their weight without the added burden imposed by calorie counting. Like the human host, the gut microbiome is entrained to a circadian rhythm, so Dr. Igudesman hopes to uncover whether realignment of host-microbiome circadian biology can synergistically improve health.