The Whey Protein Advisory Panel

Meet the protein researchers, registered dietitians and communicators who are experts in protein science and education.

DAVID J. BAER, PhD David Baer is a supervisory research physiologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Human Nutrition Research Center in Beltsville, MD. He is currently the research leader of the Center’s Food Components and Health Laboratory and director of the Human Studies Facility. His research interests include the relationship between diet and chronic disease risk, and the health impacts of weight gain and calorie content of foods. Some of the dietary interventions he has investigated include the effects of different types of dairy protein, dairy lipids, fats and fatty acids on overall nutrition and health.
LESLIE BONCI, MPH, RD, CSSD, LDN Leslie Bonci is the owner of Active Eating Advice – be fit, fed, fearless – a nutrition consulting company and is also an adjunct instructor in the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. She is a nutrition consultant for Carnegie Mellon University athletics, Kansas City Chiefs, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and the WNBA. Leslie is also the chief nutrition officer for Come Ready Nutrition and an advisor to KLEAN athlete. She is the author of “Sport Nutrition for Coaches” and the “American Dietetic Association Guide to Better Digestion.” She is also the co-author of “Run Your Butt Off,” “Walk Your Butt Off,” the “Active Calorie Diet” and “Bike Your Butt Off.” She has authored numerous chapters for sports medicine and sports nutrition manuals, and has also recorded over 100 videos on sports nutrition for
WAYNE W. CAMPBELL, PhD Wayne Campbell is a professor in the Department of Nutrition Science at Purdue University. His research group conducts human nutrition and exercise studies on protein, carbohydrate and energy metabolism, dietary protein and energy requirements, and body composition, among other topics, with special emphasis on aging. Dr. Campbell is director of the Indiana Clinical Research Center at Purdue and the Bionutrition Services Core, which are part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Indiana Clinical and Translational Science Institute.
HEATHER LEIDY, PhD Heather Leidy is an associate professor and clinical research center director in the Department of Nutrition Science at Purdue University. As a nutritional physiologist, Dr. Leidy examines the effects of protein quantity and timing of consumption on the hormonal and neural signals that modulate appetite control, satiety, and eating behavior. In 2015, Dr. Leidy received the ASN Mead Johnson Nutrition Award to young investigators in recognition of outstanding research in environmental & nutritional physiology. The award was based on her most recent works focusing on the importance of consuming a high-protein breakfast for satiety, glycemic control, and weight management in overweight young people who habitually skip breakfast.
DOUGLAS PADDON-JONES, PhD Douglas Paddon-Jones is the Sheridan Lorenz distinguished professor in Aging and Health in the Department of Nutrition and Metabolism at the University of Texas Medical Branch. He is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and senior fellow of the Sealy Center on Aging. Paddon-Jones’ research lab is supported by the NIH, NASA and industry grants and focuses on the regulation of muscle mass and function in healthy and clinical populations. Some of his most recent studies have included dietary protein distribution, the effects of physical inactivity in middle-aged and older adults and leucine metabolism.
MONICA REINAGEL, MS, LD/N, CNS Monica Reinagel is a board-certified, licensed nutritionist and professionally-trained chef. Her expert nutrition advice is regularly featured on the TODAY show, CBS News, NPR’s Morning Edition, and in the nation’s leading newspapers, magazines, and websites. She is the author of six books, including Nutrition Diva’s Secrets for a Healthy Diet, The Inflammation-Free Diet Plan, and How to Win at Losing and the creator of the weekly Nutrition Diva podcast, a highly ranked health and fitness podcast. In addition, she has her own blog, Nutrition Over Easy and a blog on The Huffington Post, where she features healthy eating tips, recipes and other food and nutrition topics.
NANCY RODRIGUEZ, PhD, RD, CSSD, FACSM Nancy Rodriguez is a professor of nutritional sciences in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Connecticut where she holds joint appointments in the Departments of Kinesiology and Allied Health Sciences. She serves as the director of sports nutrition in the Department of Sports Medicine. Rodriguez’s research focuses on relationships among exercise, protein intake and protein utilization in athletes, physically active adults and children. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Saunders_thumbnail MICHAEL SAUNDERS, PhD, FACSM Michael Saunders is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology at James Madison University (JMU) and is the director of JMU’s Human Performance Laboratory. His research focuses on the role of various nutritional interventions to promote improved performance and recovery in endurance athletes. The effects of carbohydrate and protein co-ingestion during and following endurance exercise have been a primary research interest. Saunders is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and a recipient of the JMU’s ‘Madison Scholar Award’ for distinguished research.
Schwabenbauer_thumbnail KIM SCHWABENBAUER, MS, RD, CSSD, NASM-CPT Kim Schwabenbauer is a registered dietitian with more than 16 years of experience, specializing in sports nutrition education. Her work as a triathlon coach (USA Triathlon Level 1), professional triathlete and board certified specialist in sports nutrition inspired her to create her counseling and endurance coaching business, “Fuel Your Passion”. Kim has appeared on national television as a registered dietitian and coach for the hit show, MTV’s “Made”, Zonya’s Healthbites and many local news affiliates. A graduate of Penn State University’s undergraduate nutrition program and California University’s graduate exercise science program, Kim has completed over 50 triathlons and 13 Ironmans (four of which were world championships in Kona, Hawaii), and in 2014 she was ranked 22 among professional female triathletes around the world.