Clinical Intervention and Translation Core Team

Janine Higgins, PhD
Director, Dietary Intake Measurement Metabolic Diet Design
Janine Higgins is a Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Endocrinology. She received her Ph.D. in biochemistry at the University of Sydney and completed post-Doctoral Fellowships at the University of Wollongong and the University of Colorado Denver. She has been the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) Nutrition Research Director for the past 15 years and CCTSI Director of Operations for four years. In 2018 alone, the CCTSI Nutrition Core dispensed 7,787 weighed research meals (6,230h of labor) plus an additional 85h of other services such as diet diary analysis, photographic food record analysis, dietary counseling, and administration of FFQs. Dr. Higgins has over 18 years’ experience in Nutrition research in rodent models, children, and adults. Her primary research interests center around diet and metabolism: investigating optimal treatment of Type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents (NIH multi-center TODAY study), development of novel methods for measurement of dietary intake, obesity treatment in adults, and ways to ameliorate weight regain following weight loss in rodent models. Dr. Higgins has extensive experience mentoring post-doctoral and clinical endocrinology, infectious disease, and gastroenterology Fellows and is a member of the selection committee and preceptor for the Children’s Hospital Colorado Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) Dietetic Internship Program. She serves as co-director of the CCTSI PreK program and an ad hoc reviewer for the K to R program.
Clinical Core
Victoria Catenacci, MD
Associate Director, Weight Loss Interventions

Dr. Catenacci is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. Her specialties include: Internal Medicine, Board Certification (2001), Internal Medicine – Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism, Board Certification (2007). She completed her Undergraduate degree with a BS from the University of Notre Dame (IN) (1994) and completed medical school from Yale University School of Medicine (1998). She further completed her internship at Yale-New Haven Medical Center Program (1999) and Residency Program: Yale-New Haven Medical Center Program, Internal Medicine (2001) Yale-New Haven Medical Center Program, Chief Resident, Internal Medicine (2002). Dr. Catenacci’s clinical interests include: Diabetes, General Endocrinology, Physical Activity and Weight Loss/Maintenance​.

Clinical Core
Zhaoxing Pan, PhD
Kevin Masters, PhD
Clinical Health Psychology
Kristen Bing, RD
Dietary Weight Loss
Melissa Lanes, RD
Dietary Weight Loss
Jeanne Anne Breen
Industry Trials
Darian Crosby
Clinic Manager
Eugene Leshchinskiy
IT Support

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