Meet Our Current Students

Here's what a few of our current students have to say about our program, the University, and living in the Reno-Tahoe area.

Chenin Treftz, Ph.D. Student

Chenin Treftz

“The University of Nevada has a low faculty to student ratio, giving students a lot of individual attention. It is also located near Lake Tahoe- Can't beat that!”

My previous degrees are an M.S. in nutrition science from the University of Nevada, Reno, an R.D. (registered dietitian) from Marywood University, and a B.S. in nutrition and dietetics from Murray State University.

I want to have a career where I can use my passions—food nutrition and health!

My research interests are food chemistry and food science, analysis of health promoting bioactive compounds, sensory evaluation of food grown in urban systems; nutritional quality of foods grown by urban systems, consumer acceptability comparison between hydroponically and conventionally grown produce, and environmental and oxidative stress of bioactive compounds.

Alexandra Masaitis, Ph.D. Student

Alexandra Masaitis

“I like the great understanding of environmental toxicology within this program and the connection to DRI.”

My previous degrees are an M.Sc. in international regulations in the field of environmental protection and an M.Sc. in education in geography and geo-ecology from St. Petersburg State University.

I’d like to find a government job when I finish my degree and eventually work for the World Bank or the UN.

My research interests are in the social responsibility of the resource extraction industry, community conflict resolutions, and negotiations strategy.

Julie Regan, Ph.D. Student

Julie Regan

“I live at Lake Tahoe. It's one of the most incredible places on the planet! I like that there’s a high quality university that's close to work and home.”

My previous degrees are an M.A. in journalism and a B.A. in communications from the Delaware Temple University.

I’m working to grow my current career with the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and ultimately would like to teach. I chose this program for the excellent professors and the high quality university.

My research interests are environmental science and public policy on large lakes and marine environments. My dissertation research is focused on the development of land use policies based on water quality science in Cuba.

Clare Pace, Ph.D. Student

Clare Pace

“A few things I like about this program are the dedicated faculty and the quality of the lab facilities.”

My previous degrees are an M.P.H. in epidemiology from the University of Nevada, Reno, a B.S. in biology from Sierra Nevada College and a B.A. in studio art from Santa Clara University.

I’d like to teach at a research university when I finish my Ph.D.

My research interests are in toxicology, environmental risk assessment and human disease prevention.