Program Director, Nutritional Science Research Group, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health
Gabriela Riscuta MD, MS. CNS is a Program Director in the Nutritional Science Research Group in the Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute. In this position, she plans, develops, directs, and coordinates extramural research programs in diet, nutrition and cancer as relates to cancer prevention and progression.
At NCI, Dr. Riscuta‘s role includes the examination of food components, i.e. essential and non-essential nutrients, as modifiers of cancer risk and tumor behavior. Some of her projects focus on determining how specific genes and/or molecular targets are influenced by bioactive food components. Dr. Riscuta is a co-chair of Trans-NIH Probiotic and Prebiotic Working Group and an active member of Trans-NIH Microbiome Working Group. In this capacity she is working to identify gaps and challenges in human microbiome research as they relate to nutrition in the context of health and disease. Other activities include grants management, mentoring students and organizing national and international webinars. Dr. Riscuta received a prestigious Merit Award in 2012 from NIH for the creation of a webinar series for physicians, researchers and those involved with research translation to understand the strength and the weakness of the evidence about the health effects of a food/bioactive food components.