Margaret Slavin, PhD, RD

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Titles and Organizations

Associate Professor, Nutrition

Contact Information

Phone: 703-993-6106
Building: Peterson Hall
Room 4105

Personal Websites


Dr. Margaret Slavin, RD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies, and an affiliate of the Center for Study of Chronic Illness and Disability and the Krasnow Institute. Formally trained in both food analytical chemistry and clinical nutrition, Slavin’s research interests are primarily focused where food science and nutrition overlap to improve human health. She believes that food science methods should be used judiciously to improve the nutritional composition of the food supply and that food literacy enables healthy food choices.  Slavin is an emerging expert in the role that diet plays on migraine, including the impact of individual food chemicals and dietary patterns.  

Before coming to Mason, Slavin was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Agriculture and Biology at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China.  She completed her dietetics internship through the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.  

University Service​

George Mason University:

  • Member, Distance Education Council. Sept 2015 – April 2017
  • Member, Provost’s Multidisciplinary Grant Review Panel; May 2016.

College of Public Health (formerly College of Health and Human Services), departmental representative to the following

  • Promotion, Tenure and Renewal Committee; Sept 2017 – present; Ad hoc representative Spring 2016.
  • Dean Search Committee; Spring 2017.
  • Faculty Development Committee; Jan 2016 – Aug 2017.
  • Faculty Council Committee; Sept 2011 – July 2015. 
    • Secretary; Sept 2012 – Aug 2014.

Nutrition and Food Studies Department

  • NUTR295 Mason Core Course Coordinator, Spring 2013-present. 
  • Faculty search committee for Nutrition positions; academic years 2011-2012, 2012-2013, summers 2014, 2015, 2016.
  • Admissions Committee; 2011-present.
  • Curriculum Committee; 2011-present.


Research Interests

  • Food science
  • Food composition
  • Food processing
  • Functional foods
  • Food bioactives
  • Campus nutrition
  • Migraine diet


* indicates student author

Slavin M and Ailani J. A Clinical Approach to Addressing Diet with Migraine Patients. Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports. 2017 17(17).

Olesova L, Slavin M, and Lim J. Exploring the Effect of Scripted Roles on Cognitive Presence in Asynchronous Online Discussions. Online Learning. 2016 20(4):34-53. 

Slavin M, *Dong M, and Gewa C. Effect of clove extract pre-treatment and drying conditions on lipid oxidation and sensory discrimination of dried omena (Rastrineobola argentea) fish. International Journal of Food Science and Technology. 2016 51:2376-2385. 

Slavin M, *Bourguignon J, *Jackson K, and *Orciga M-A. Impact of Food Components on in vitro Calcitonin Gene-Related Peptide Secretion—A potential Mechanism for Dietary Influence on Migraine. Nutrients. 2016 8(7):406. 

Ding J, Yang T, Feng H, *Dong M, Slavin M, Xiong S-B, and Zhao S-M. Enhancing Contents of Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid (GABA) and Other Micronutrients in Dehulled Rice during Germination under Normoxic and Hypoxic Conditions. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 2016 64(5):1094-1102. 

Wallace TC, Slavin M, and Frankenfeld CL. Systematic Review of Anthocyanins and Markers of Cardiovascular Disease. Nutrients. 2016 8(1):32. 

Gewa CA, Frankenfeld CL, Slavin M, and Omondi M. Fish-enhanced and soy-enhanced supplemental snacks are acceptable among pregnant women in rural Kenya. Food and Nutrition Bulletin. 2014 35(4 Suppl):S180-187. 

Liu W, Wang J, Zhang Z, Xu J, Xie Z, Slavin M, and Gao X. In vitro and in vivo antioxidant activity of a fructan from the roots of Arctium lappa L. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules. 2014 65:446-453. 

Slavin M, Lu Y, Kaplan N, and Yu L. Effects of baking on cyanidin-3-glucoside content and antioxidant properties of black and yellow soybean crackers. Food Chemistry. 2013 141: 1166-1174.


"FaBULIS Data: Food and Behavior – Using Large Interdisciplinary Sets of Data," Students as Scholars Summer Team Project Grant, George Mason University. With Frankenfeld C, & Gallo S, Summer 2017. $34,194.

"The Mason Undergraduate Nutrition for Campus Health (MUNCH) Research Project," George Mason University Provost Multidisciplinary Research Initiative. With Best, A, August 2015–July 2016. Role: Co-Principal Investigator. $25,000.

"Effects of grape pomace extract on migraine biomarkers in vitro," Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics – Herbert and Nylda Gemple Research Award. With Parry, J, October 2013–September 2014. Role: Primary Investigator: $5,000.  

"Effects of spices on migraine-related biomarkers in vitro," Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics – McCormick Science Institute Research Award. August 2013–July 2014. Role: Primary Investigator: $5,000. 

Honors and Awards


  • International Headache Academy Delegate, Sept 4-5, 2017, International Headache Society. Vancouver, Canada
  • Teacher of Distinction, 2017, George Mason University
  • Shirley S. Travis Habit of Excellence Award, 2017, College of Public Health, George Mason University
  • Master Teacher Award, Junior Faculty, 2017, College of Public Health, George Mason University
  • International Headache Academy Delegate, June 15-16, 2015, American Headache Society. Bethesda, MD
  • Excellence in Research Award, 2014, McCormick Science Institute + Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship, 2010, University of Maryland Graduate School
  • University of Maryland Flagship Fellowship, 2007-2011, University of Maryland Graduate School




  • PhD, Nutrition and Food Science, University of Maryland, College Park
  • BS, Clinical Dietetics and Nutrition, University of Pittsburgh