Biography & Research Interests: Shilpa received her Master of Science degree in Food Service Management and Dietetics from Avinashilingam Deemed University in India and her Master of Science in Human Nutrition from Iowa State University. She was awarded her PhD in Nutritional Epidemiology from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. Shilpa’s research interests include understanding the dietary and lifestyle predictors in the prevention and development of cardiovascular disease and Type 2 Diabetes. As part of an American Heart Association postdoctoral fellowship grant, Shilpa is currently exploring the role of quantity and variety in fruit and vegetable intake in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. She is particularly interested in exploring the role of diet in the burgeoning diabetes and heart disease epidemic in India, where a rapid nutrition transition is currently underway.