Gabrielle Fundaro

Dr. Gabrielle Fundaro

Assistant Professor of Exercise Science

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Dr. Gabrielle Fundaro recently completed her doctorate in human nutrition, foods and exercise at Virginia Tech where she studied the effects of probiotic supplementation on metabolism during high-fat feeding in mice. While at VT, Fundaro was selected as an inaugural member of the Graduate Teaching Scholars (GTS) fellowship program. During her two years as a GTS member, she was able to pursue her love of teaching while receiving formal training in effective pedagogy and research practices. She enjoyed designing a flipped-classroom course on introductory human nutrition for incoming freshmen as well as leading recitations in metabolic biochemistry. 
Her teaching philosophy is centered on fostering creative, independent thought and open minds in her students while allowing them to explore content together and assign meaning that is personally relevant. Fundaro’s research interests include interactions between the gut microbiome and peripheral metabolism as well as dietary interventions to prevent diet-induced obesity and diabetes. She is also interested in further studying the effectiveness of active learning pedagogies and the use of learning objectives on student study habits.


  • Doctorate – human nutrition, foods and exercise – Virginia Tech
  • Bachelor’s – exercise, sport and health education – Radford University

Academic Interests

  • Metabolic biochemistry
  • Obesity and T2D
  • Gut microbiome and metabolism
  • Active learning pedagogies


  • Graduate Teaching Scholars Fellow

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