April J. Stull, Ph.D, RDN, FAND

April J. Stull, Ph.D, RDN, FAND
Associate Professor in Nutrition Sciences
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Associate Professor in Nutrition Sciences 


Dr. Stull has a research background in clinical nutrition interventions and glucose metabolism. Her research interests are focused on polyphenol-rich foods and other functional foods, and their effects on the risk factors associated with metabolic syndrome (i.e, pre-diabetes, obesity, and hypertension). Her research findings have shown that consuming blueberries improved insulin sensitivity, endothelial function, oxidative stress, and inflammation in adults with metabolic syndrome. The overall goal is to identify healthy foods that may help prevent or delay the progression of metabolic syndrome risk factors from developing into chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and/or cardiovascular disease. Dr. Stull has been the Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-PI on several funded federal (NIH K01, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health) and non-profit (United States Highbush Blueberry Council and Cherry Marketing Institute) grants.

Research Interest:

  • Clinical nutrition interventions
  • Functional foods (provide health benefits beyond the essential nutrients)
  • Polyphenol-rich foods
  • Metabolic syndrome (i.e., pre-diabetes, obesity, and hypertension)

Selected Publications:

  • Jayarathne S, Stull AJ, Park OH, Kim JH, Thompson L, Moustaid-Moussa (2019). Protective effects of anthocyanins in obesity-associated inflammation and changes in gut microbiome. Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, PMID: 31389663
  • Kalt W, Cassidy A, Howard LR, Krikorian R, Stull AJ, Tremblay F, Zamora-Ros R (2019). Recent research on the health benefits of blueberries and their anthocyanins. Advances in Nutrition, PMID: 31329250
  • Jayarathne S, Stull AJ, Miranda A, Scoggin S, Claycombe-Larson K, Jung Han K, Moustaid-Moussa N (2018). Tart Cherry Reduces Inflammation in Adipose Tissue of Zucker Fatty Rats and Cultured 3T3-L1 Adipocytes. Nutrients, 10(11): E1576. PMCID: PMC6266132
  • Nair AR, Mariappan N, Stull AJ, Francis J (2017). Blueberry supplementation attenuates oxidative stress within monocytes and modulates immune cell levels in adults with metabolic syndrome: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Food and Function, 8(11): 4118-4128. PMID: 29019365
  • Stull AJ (2016). Blueberries’ impact on insulin resistance and glucose intolerance. Antioxidants, 5(4). PMCID: PMC5187542
  • Stull AJ, Cash KC, Champagne CM, Gupta AK, Boston R, Beyl RA, Johnson WD, Cefalu WT (2015). Blueberries improve endothelial function, but not blood pressure, in adults with metabolic syndrome: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial. Nutrients, 7(6): 4107-23. PMCID: PMC4488775

Complete list of publications: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/?term=stull+aj

Teaching Focus:

Dr. Stull’s teaching experience and interests include undergraduate and graduate nutrition courses related to health and disease, and interdisciplinary nutrition courses that integrate nutrition and biochemistry. She has taught at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (Princess Anne, MD), Purdue University Global (formerly known as Kaplan University) and Our Lady of the Lake College (Baton Rouge, LA).

Current Courses Taught:

  • NUTR 2351 Nutrition
  • NUTR 4200 Seminar in Nutrition Sciences
  • NUTR 5358 Emerging Issues in Food and Nutrition

Education and Training:

  • Ph.D, Nutrition Science, Purdue University
  • BS, Family and Consumer Sciences (Dietetics Concentration), Southern University and A&M College
  • Dietetic Internship, Southern University and A&M College
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Professional Experience:

  • Associate Professor, Baylor University (Waco, TX)
  • Associate Professor and Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), University of Maryland Eastern Shore (Princess Anne, MD)
  • Research Assistant Professor, Pennington Biomedical Research Center (Baton Rouge, LA)

Service to the Discipline:

Dr Stull has held many leadership positions within academia and professional organizations. She served as Chair of the Early Career Nutrition Interest Group (2013-2014) and Minority and Diversity Affairs Committee (2017-2018) for the American Society for Nutrition (ASN). In the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Dr. Stull was appointed to the Board of Editors for the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (June, 2018 – Present) and also serves as the Nominating Committee Chair-Elect (2020-2021) for a member interest group within the Academy (NOBIDAN). Of notable honor, Dr. Stull was named a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (FAND) in May, 2019. Additionally, Dr. Stull was honored by her alma maters (Southern University and Purdue University) for her service to the community and accomplishments in the field of nutrition.

Baylor University
Nutrition Sciences Division
Robbins College of Health & Human Sciences
One Bear Place #97343
Waco, TX 76798-7343

Office: Mary Gibbs Jones
Phone: 254-710-7619
Email: April_Stull@baylor.edu