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Meet Our New Hires

Meet new members of the CHS community – faculty and staff. If you are new and not yet featured here, make sure you have completed the new employee information so we can introduce you.

Jason Siegler

Jason Siegler

Title: Associate professor of sports science and digital technology

Role: Working closely with faculty across disciplines to establish sustainable research partnerships and industry-based initiatives as well as teaching and mentoring.

About: Jason’s academic career spans across the U. S, the United Kingdom and Australia. His research areas include buffering supplementation and maximizing human performance, hydration in team sports, athlete monitoring in team sports, and injury pre-habilitation and prevention.

Jesse Lafarga

Jesse Lafarga

Title: Coordinator of student engagement

Role: Working with the student engagement and retention teams in overseeing residential college partnerships and developing strategies for marketing and outreach to CHS students.

About: Jesse holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Arizona and a master’s degree in higher and post-secondary education from ASU's Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. Jesse is a proud first-generation Latino and hopes to be an inventive higher education professional. In his free time, he enjoys Crossfit training and dance.

Mehrnaz Abbasi

Mehrnaz Abbasi

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar

Role: Developing and implementing research laboratory experiments in nutrition science as part of Professor Shu Wang’s research on metabolic disorders.

About: Mehrnaz received her PhD in nutritional sciences at Texas Tech University and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, School of Food and Nutritional Sciences in Tehran. In her free time, she enjoys going to the gym and exercising, walking and painting.

Xochitl Wilson

Xochitl Wilson

Title: Project coordinator

Role: Working closely and collaboratively with the leads and co-leads for the Metabolic Health Translational Team and other internal and external stakeholders to plan, direct, organize and execute against project requirements.

About: Xochitl is an Arizona State University alumna. Her professional life includes working with many communities in Maricopa County on health education and promotion around topics including diabetes, childhood obesity and cardiovascular health. She is a steering committee member with the Health Improvement of Maricopa County and a community advisory board member of the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center at ASU. In her spare time, she enjoys working out and taking walks with her husband and fur baby.