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About the Berry Lab

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Daniel Berry, PhD
Principal Investigator

Dan is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University. He is also a member of the graduate field of Nutrition and the graduate field of Genetics, Genomics and Development and is involved in the Cornell Stem Cell Program. 

He graduated from State University of New York at Cortland with a bachelor’s degree in Biology with a concentration in Environmental Science. He received a PhD in Molecular Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University and performed his postdoctoral studies in the Department of Developmental Biology and the Division of Endocrinology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Heather Roman, MS, BS
Research Support Specialist II

Heather specializes in mouse genetics and cell culture modeling. She graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Animal Science and an MS in Physiology. 

Outside of work, she enjoys horseback riding, spinning and weaving, making maple syrup, and enjoying the out-of-doors on her small farm.


Abby Benvie, BS
Graduate Student, Molecular Nutrition

Abby received a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. Her research focuses on delineating the adipose stem cell lineage and its dynamics.

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Benji Steiner, MS, BS
Graduate Student, Molecular Nutrition

Ben attended California State Polytechnic University - Pomona and received a bachelor’s degree in nutritional sciences with an emphasis in dietetics and a master’s degree in food science and technology with an emphasis in food chemistry. His research focuses on understanding how the adipose tissue niche impacts adipose stem cells and how the niche becomes dysfunctional in aging.

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Chris Moon
Undergraduate Student

Chris is a human biology, health and society (HBHS) major in the College of Human Ecology.


Derek Lee
Undergraduate Student

Derek is a human biology, health and society (HBHS) major in the College of Human Ecology.