Decker Health and Wellness Studies Faculty/Staff

Lina Begdache

Assistant Professor

Health and Wellness Studies


  • PhD, cell and molecular biology, Binghamton University
  • MS, nutrition sciences, SUNY at Buffalo
  • BS, nutrition and dietetics, American University of Beirut
  • ACEND Accredited Dietetic Internship, The Sage Colleges
  • Certified Nutrition Specialist-Scholar
  • Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist
  • Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist

Teaching overview

  • HWS 332: Nutrition
  • HWS 410: Pathophysiology of Nutrition-Related Diseases
  • NURS 568: Human Nutrition and Metabolism
  • BIOL 118: Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
  • BIOL 311: Principles of Cell Biology
  • BIOL 301: Molecular Genetics

Research areas/interests

  • Nutrigenomics
  • Nutrition and mental distress
  • Microbiota

Awards and honors

  • Outstanding reviewer, Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 2018
  • Certificate of Appreciation, New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2018
  • Certificate of Recognition, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2014
  • Outstanding Dietetic Student in Dietetic Internship, New York State Dietetic Association, 2014
  • The National Scholars Honor Society, Magna Cum Laude, 2008
  • Graduate Research Day Award, Binghamton University, 2008
  • Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching Award, Binghamton University, 2006
  • Annette Rachman Scholarship Award, University at Buffalo, 1996, 1997

Selected publications/Abstracts

  • Begdache L., Kianmehr H., Heaney C. (2018). College Education on Dietary Supplements May Promote a Responsible Use in Young Adults. Journal of Dietary Supplements. ePUB ahead of print. DOI:10.1080/19390211.2018.1482983.
  • Begdache L., Kianmehr H., Sabounchi N., Chaar M., Marhaba J. (2018) Principal Component Analysis Identifies Differential Gender-Specific Dietary Patterns that may be Linked to Mental Distress in Human Adults-Nutritional Neuroscience- ePUB ahead of print. DOI:10.1080/1028415X.2018.1500198.
  • Begdache L. (2018). Cognitive Decline and Mental Distress: A Potential Mismatch between the Contemporary Diet and the Evolved Brain. Anthropol Ethnol Open Acc J 1(1):105.
  • Kianmehr H., Sabounshi N., Begdache L. (2018). The Role of Big Data Analytics in Developing System Dynamic Models. White paper. International Conference of the System Dynamics Society in Reykjavík, Iceland.
  • Begdache L., Marhaba J. (2018). The Serotonergic System in Diet, Obesity and Mental Health. Glob J Endocrinol Metab .1(5).521.
  • Begdache L., Marhaba R. (2018). Is it Time to Revisit Vitamin B12 for Mental Health and Cognitive Functions in Elderly? Mod Appl Bioequiv Availab.; 3(3): 1-4.
  • Begdache L., Chaar M., Kianmehr H., and Sabounchi N. (2017). A Cross-Sectional Study to Examine the Effect of Dietary Factors and Exercise Assessment on Mental Distress in Younger versus Older Adults. Nutritional Neuroscience. 11:1-11.
  • Birtan A., Vlad C., Bank L., Begdache L. (2017) A Study of Comorbidities and Nutritional Supplements Strongly Associated with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Alpenglow. Issue 3.
  • Begdache L. (2016) The hefty price of 'study drug' misuse on college campuses. The Conversation.
  • Begdache L.Nutrition in Health and Pathophysiology of Disease. First edition University Readers publisher-2012 ISBN 978-1-60927-558-7.