It’s best to begin at the beginning. I was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota and received my undergraduate education on the bucolic campus of St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN, home to one of the largest Benedictine monastery in the world and over a half-dozen Marcel Breuer-designed buildings.
Following graduation I spent a few years trying to figure out what to do with my life. This wandering led me to Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and Central America with a camera and rolls of Kodachrome as I tried to break into the ranks of professional photographers.
Some success was found thanks to sales of my photos by Washington Stock Photo, but the lifestyle did not suit me and I returned to graduate school to enter the world of academics.
Regarding my graduate education:
- In 1999, I received my doctorate in human nutrition from the Tufts University, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy under the direction of Susan Roberts, PhD.
- From 1999 to 2001, I was in a post-doctoral training program in human body composition at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
- In 2001, I accepted a faculty position at Rutgers and my family and I moved across the Hudson River to New Jersey.
Family? Yes, I do have a family and here is some proof.
Our boys, Gabriel and Sasha at the Pantheon, taking a break with some gelato in Rome, and enjoying their vacation in Bulgaria:
My wife Assenka being supervised by a cat.