Dr. Rizzo is an assistant professor completing a postdoctoral research fellowship with the AHS. He obtained a Masters of Science degree from the Justus Liebig Universität in Gießen, Germany and a PhD in Medicine from Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. He was a recipient of the European Union Socrates/Erasmus Scholarship for studies conducted at Karolinska Institutet previous to his PhD studies. His doctoral research focused on the associations between physical activity, cardio respiratory fitness and metabolic risk factors. His work was done in collaboration with the European Youth Heart Study (EYHS) whose main aim is to study the nature, strength and interactions between personal, environmental and lifestyles influences on CVD risk in European children of differing age, sex, culture and ethnicity.
He has authored several peer reviewed articles on lifestyle factors, metabolic syndrome and obesity in children and adults. Dr. Rizzo lectured at the Department of Bioscience and Nutrition and the Department of Medical Nutrition at Karolinska Institutet and bean a guest lecturer at the CASCADE Network of Excellence which seeks durable coordination and integration of European research on the human health effects of chemical residues in food and is funded by the European Commission.
Beside his academic teaching appointments Dr. Rizzo has conducted prevention focused health seminars in Europe, Puerto Rico, Micronesia and developing countries. During his time at Loma Linda he will integrate dietary and nutritional factors into his previous research allowing him to explore new methodologies and interactive ways of examining associations between physical activity, nutrition and chronic disease risk factors. He is a co-investigator of a project focusing on nutrition-gene interaction and trans-generational inheritance funded by the Swedish Research Council and an ambassador of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. He is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Heart Association, and the Nutrition Society.
Students that are persuing a doctoral degree and are interested in research are invited to contact him.