Meet the Team

Natasha Tasevska, Principal Investigator

Natasha Tasevska, MD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion at Arizona State University, since 2013. She holds an MD from the University “Ss. Cyril and Methodius”, Macedonia, an MSc in Human Nutrition and Metabolism from the University of Aberdeen, UK, and a PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Cambridge, UK. Dr. Tasevska’s research focuses on elucidating the role of sugars in health and disease, and findings ways of measuring sugars consumption more accurately in population studies.

Cassandra Kettenhoven, Project Coordinator

Cassandra Kettenhoven Cassandra Kettenhoven, RDN is the Project Coordinator for the Sugars Biomarkers Study. She is an Arizona native and recent graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics. After graduation she went on to complete her Dietetic Internship through Iowa State University’s distance program. Cassandra worked in public health for four years specializing in health education for rural and under-served communities. Her passion is in mentoring and precepting students in health and nutrition programs.

Rachel Tribby, Research Kitchen Coordinator/Chef

Rachel Tribby is the Sugars Biomarkers Study Research Kitchen Coordinator. She is an Executive Le Cordon Bleu Chef and brings 24 years of culinary experience to ASU. For the last four years Chef Rachel has been the executive chef for an eating disorder treatment center in Arizona where she helped expand the program by teaching culinary classes and recreating a menu with a seasonal local ingredients. She has published and developed recipes as well as food articles in national health magazines in the last few years. Chef Rachel grew up in the kitchens of beautiful Colorado resorts and ranches and has previously owned a private chef/ catering business. She graduated from Scottsdale Culinary Institute and received her certification from Le Cordon Bleu shortly after. Rachel currently lives in the east valley with her husband of 15 years and three children.

Susana Palma Duran, Post-Doctoral Scholar

Susana A. Palma Duran is a Postdoctoral Scholar responsible for coordinating the laboratory component of the Sugar Biomarkers Study. She holds a BSc in Clinical Biochemistry (University of Sonora, Mexico), MSc in Food Science (CIAD AC, Mexico) and PhD in Human Nutrition (University of Glasgow, UK). She has research experience in generation of functional products and fruit varieties and development of HPLC-MS methods for analysis of (poly)phenols, proteins and toxins in different sample matrices. Her research interest focuses on dietary biomarkers and the progression of chronic and age-related diseases.