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Bonny Burns-Whitmore, MPH, DrPH, RD


Professor of Nutrition, Graduate Coordinator, Department of Human Nutrition and Food Science, College of Agriculture, California State Polytechnic University. Employed since 1995.


She received a BS in Biology/Human Biology/Microbiology from La Sierra University, and both a Masters and Doctorate of Public Health and Nutrition from Loma Linda University School of Public Health. She is a Registered Dietitian with the American Dietetic Association and a member of the American Public Health Association, A.P.H.A. Food and Nutrition Group, The American Dietetic Association, California Dietetic Association, Vegetarian Practice Group, Educators' Group, Clinical Group, The Tri-Counties Dietetic Group


She has taught at Cal Poly since Fall Quarter 1995. Classes include: FN121/L, Introduction to Food Science, FN 203-Nutrition and the Integrated Being (hybrid and face-to-face), FN228-Food and Culture (online, hybrid, face, traditional), FN 235-Nutrition, FN 263 Research, FN305-Nutrition, Science and Health (online, hybrid, face, traditional), FN345 Nutrition Education and Activity (lab), FN346-Community Nutrition, the FST325 Current Issues in the Food Chain, and FST321 Experimental Foods, AG 481/482-Project Design, AG 500 Introduction to Research in Agriculture, FN 533 Advanced Nutrition, FN 685-Exercise Nutrition, and the Graduate Supervisory classes-Fn 691, 692, 693, 694, 696, 699.

She has taught Biology laboratories and Medical Microbiology at La Sierra University (Formally Loma Linda University, Riverside), Medical Nutrition Therapy at Western University and Advance Nutrition at Cal State Los Angeles.

Present Research:

The effects of feeding organic and omega-3 eggs on plasma and erythrocyte membrane concentrations of choline (completed-- article to be submitted Fall 2011)-Master’s student Yun Shih

The effects of feeding avocados on blood cholesterol and body composition in hypercholesterolemic men (IRB in progress)-Master’s student Maxwell Johnson

Graduate Student Research


Non-Thesis: Critical Review Paper

Past Research:

Recent Publications (last 5 years):

Professional Interests:

All aspects of food safety, food and culture, research (especially involving human feeding studies), and designing educational materials and teaching aids.


Hiking, bocce, writing, painting, reading, softball, coaching softball and bocce, riding mountain bikes, horseback riding, fishing, swimming, camping, backpacking, cooking, and baking. I am married to a great guy named Mike and we have 3 kids and two very large coon cats (Frodo and Sam).