Shirin Hooshmand, PhD, is Associate Professor of Nutrition at the School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences at San Diego State University. She received her PhD and completed her post-doctoral training at Florida State University working in the area of nutrition, bone, and cartilage. Her current research interests include bone and calcium metabolism, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, and functional foods. She has published 32 original articles in peer reviewed journals and presented more than 60 abstracts in national and international symposiums. Dr. Hooshmand’s current research focuses on the role of both natural and synthetic compounds in prevention and/or treatment of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.