Catherine J. Andersen, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biology, Fairfield University (Affiliate)

Research Overview

My research focuses on the role of diet in the prevention, progression, and treatment of chronic diseases associated with obesity, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes mellitus, cancer, and immune disorders. Specifically, I am interested in the dynamic relationship between cholesterol metabolism and immune cell function, within the context of chronic diseases and in response to dietary intervention. Currently, I am collaborating with a team of InCHIP affiliates on a project titled: Predictors of Weight Loss Success after Bariatric Surgery: Baseline Status and Post-Surgical Alterations in Oral Sensory Phenotype and Food Preference.” This basis for this project was initially developed at the “Thinking Big About Obesity” 2014 InCHIP event, and was the recipient of funding from the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS) Seed Grant in Obesity Research Award. In addition, I am continuing collaborations stemming from my graduate and postdoctoral work with InCHIP affiliate collaborators in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at UConn Storrs. These projects focus on the role of diet and functional food consumption on markers of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, as a means to clarify health claims and dietary recommendations made to the general public.


B.S. – Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut, 2008

M.S. – Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut, 2011

Ph.D. – Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut, 2013

R.D. – Dietetic Internship, Iowa State University, 2013

Postdoc – Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut, 2014

Recent Publications

Contact Information
Phone203.254.4000 x2266
Mailing AddressFairfield University
Bannow Science Center, Room 217
1073 North Benson Rd
Fairfield, CT 06824