Scientist, Mom, Self-appointed go-between.
Hi, I’m Alisa Nelson and welcome to my site! I’m a 2nd year PhD student at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. My research involves computational tool development in metabolomics while trying to better understand liver metabolism in the context of chronic, lifestyle-related disease (i.e. diabetes, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, cancer). I’m also wrapping up my MS degree where I’ve used untargeted metabolomics to begin parsing the metabolic differences between “normal” BMI runners and overweight/obese runners.
After finishing my BS in Biochemistry in 2011, I explored the fitness industry – becoming a personal trainer and using my knowledge of human biology to coach women on their fitness. Additionally, I’m Mom to Frey (7) and Arthur (5) – a role that has forced me to ask a lot of questions. It was here that I uncovered a few passions that brought me to where I am now:
- Lifestyle design that optimizes for the present (feel good today) and the future (develop new skills to keep life interesting, prevent chronic disease, make life better for my future self).
- Making science more accessible so it can be an effective tool outside a classroom setting.
- Health technology — inventing new tools to give us better insight into how our daily life is improving (or worsening) our long-term health outcomes.
Ultimately, the mish-mash of all three brought me back into academia where I sit at the crossroads of biology and computer science, using both worlds to discover something new about chronic disease.
As you’ll see if you look around at old posts here, I’ve also made a continual effort to bridge the gap between science and women in pursuit of their full potential. I believe women who optimize their lifestyle with their physiology in mind will experience less burn out, making their dreams all the more possible.
I use this blog & my personal instagram
to educate and explore these concepts, seeking to equip women with the knowledge and tools they need to move confidently toward their own amazing future selves.
Interested in connecting? Send me a message on Instagram!