Meet NutriBites

NutriBites is made entirely of volunteers who write and edit because they think it’s fun!

Our Leadership:


Laetitia Meyrueix, PhD is the Co-founder and Co-president of NutriBites. She is a Bay Area native who moved to University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill to pursue her Ph.D. in Nutrition. She is a doctoral student of the program and studies the effect of diabetes during pregnancy on the placental epigenome. She considers herself an interdisciplinary scholar and is at her best when learning new ways to address a question.  She is passionate about science communication, social justice, and reading.


Kaylee Helfrich, PhD is the Co-founder and Co-president of NutriBites. She works at a contract development and manufacturing company in Durham, NC, where she uses biochemistry to improve human health. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, dancing, and traveling. Kaylee hopes that NutriBites can help people stay informed about the latest research in nutrition and develop a greater love for nutrition!

Ashley_PhotoAshley Aguillard is the Chair of Diversity for NutriBites. Ashley is a doctoral student in Nutrition at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. She studies the role of scaffold proteins in brown adipose tissue and mitochondrial function and its impacts on whole-body metabolism. She loves music, traveling, and trying new foods. Ashley is passionate about helping people learn about science and nutrition in fun and engaging ways.

Ryesa_PhotoRyesa Mansoor is the Co-Social Media Coordinator and Co-Newsletter Chair for NutriBites. She graduated with her BSPH in Nutrition from UNC Chapel Hill, and she is currently working at the NIMH as a Post-baccalaureate Research Fellow. Ryesa’s research interests encompass various fields, from nutrition to neuroscience to social justice in healthcare. Her hobbies include dancing, baking, pilates, and tending to her house plants. Ryesa is excited to be a part of the NutriBites leadership team and contribute to effective science communication and education.

Emily_PhotoEmily Mathew is the Co-Social Media Coordinator for NutriBites. She is an undergraduate biology student at UNC Chapel Hill. She is interested in pursuing an MPH/RD program and hopes to use her knowledge in nutrition as a future physician. She currently performs genetic research with C. elegans. When not studying, she enjoys to sing, play piano and spend time with her friends. Emily hopes that Nutribites can make nutrition research more accessible and engaging to others.

Tatiana_PhotoTatiana Diacova is the Co-Recruitment Chair and Co-Newsletter chair for NutriBites. She is originally from Moldova in Eastern Europe. She earned her BS and MS degrees from California State University, Los Angeles. In 2018, Tatiana successfully completed her dietetic internship and obtained RDN credentials. Currently, she is a third year PhD student at the University of California, Davis. Her research revolves around the link between the components of the Mediterranean diet, gut microbiome, and cardiometabolic health. Aside from being interested in research, Tatiana is also very passionate about science communication which she actively practices through her online nutrition courses and public health programs primarily targeting residents of Moldova where nutrition experts are lacking.

5B270BEF-4655-454A-8F94-0925692B790AAutumn Hullings is the Membership Training Chair for NutriBites. She is a doctoral student in the Nutrition department at UNC Chapel Hill. Her research interests include diet, metabolomics, gut microbiome, cardiovascular diseases, obesity, and cancer. Prior to starting her PhD, Autumn earned her Masters in Public Health Epidemiology and worked in cancer research. She believes communication is essential for science and loves using creative ways to make science more accessible.

Grace_PhotoYunzhi Qian (Grace) is the Innovation and Idea Chair for NutriBites. Grace is a doctoral student in Nutrition at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. She studies the nutritional and environmental variations in metabolomics and metabolic disorders. Her hobbies include hiking with her dog and trying new foods. Grace hopes that Nutribites can introduce nutritional knowledge to everyone in a fun way.

Core Authors and Editors:

  • Abrar Al-Shaer
  • Allison Lacko
  • Anastasia Yandulskaya
  • Ann Suk
  • Annamaria Vesely
  • Bhavya Singh
  • Brittany Ingram
  • Carolyn Dubnik
  • Cristina Guitron
  • Dominika Trzilova
  • Emily Murwin
  • Erin Coffman
  • Erin Lile
  • Gabrielle Dardis
  • Jason Wermers
  • Jeffrey Letourneau
  • Jennifer Schweiger
  • Jessica Ayers
  • Johanna Bishop
  • Jonathan Cerna
  • Kara McIver
  • Matt Paysour
  • Meredith Edelman
  • Michaela Copp
  • Raj Trikha
  • Rhea Jayaswal
  • Samantha Stadmiller
  • Sara Bernate
  • Sonia Tandon

 Past Contributors:

  • Asta Feng, MPH-RD
  • Blaide Woodburn
  • Daniela Pimentel, MPH-RD
  • Evan Paules
  • Kristen Stockdale
  • Khristopher Nicholas
  • Laura Smith, PhD
  • Leah Chapman, PhD
  • Maribel Sierra
  • Melissa Jensen, PhD
  • Mike Essman, PhD
  • Moira Johnson, PhD
  • Natalie Rebolledo Fuentealba
  • Ruixue Hou
  • Yiqing Wang, PhD

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