Silvia Quesada Giraudo

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Nutritional Sciences

Associate Professor

250 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602

Curriculum Vitae


Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Ph.D. Animal Nutrition University of Georgia 1991
M.S. Animal Science University of Georgia 1984
B.S. Agriculture Universidad Nacional de Cordoba-Argentina 1980


Dr. Giraudo researches in the area of Community Nutrition. Her areas of interest are in the field of Childhood Obesity in the State of Georgia. Through the Evaluation of Cooperative Extension Nutrition education programs geared to obesity and weight management and the training of students to conduct community research with Extension, to develop nutrition intervention programs to better address the needs of the community, especially to design childhood obesity interventions while working in Extension in the state of Georgia.

Her future interest is to address the Nutrition Education needs of the Hispanic Community.


FDNS 2100, Human Nutrition and Foods

FDNS 4050/6050, Nutrition Through the Life Cycle

FDNS 8595, Survey of Obesity and Weight Management

FDNS 5710S, Study Tours in Food and Nutrition


Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Teacher of the Year College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2005
Teaching Fellow UGA-Teaching Academy 2019


Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
UGA Research Foundation Board of Director 2016-2019 Menber
The Obesity Society Chair of the Latin American Section 2006-2008 Chair


Lead a Service-Learning program to Bolivia with UGA students to work in Hospital and Clinics and experience Nutrition and Health in Bolivia.

Bolivia Service-Learning: Nutrition and Health in Bolivia

Current Classes

FDNS 2100, Human Nutrition and Foods

FDNS 4050/6050, Nutrition Through the Life Cycle

Journal Articles

Stotz SA, Habibi M, Sanville L, Cotto-Rivera, E, Soler A, Powell A, Giraudo S.Q, Lee JS. Adapting a Nutrition Education Curriculum for Low-Income Spanish Speaking Adults: Recommendations from Key Stakeholders. (Submitted to INQUIRE) January 2020

Giraudo, S.Q, Merideth J. and Grossman B.M. Barriers and Facilitators to Organized Physical Activity Behaviors in Summer Campers.(accepted to the  Journal of the  Georgia Public Health Association.) 2021

Cox G, Rotberg B, Ng M, Henes S, Giraudo S. Examining the Effectiveness of a Nutrition Education Intervention for Hispanic Participants" Journal of the  Georgia Public Health Association. Volume:8 No1, Article 9 pages 58-68. 2020

Giraudo, S.Q., Rivera-Gonzalez N., Berg, A., Hartzell D., and B. M. Grossman. Nutrition Intervention to Hispanic Groups: Pilot Studies with Children and Caregivers. Ecology of Foods and Nutrition, 2019 DOI: 10.1080/03670244.2019.1591954

Cown M.H., Grossman B.M., and S.Q. Giraudo. Nutrition Education Intervention to Improve Nutrition-related Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors for Hispanic Children. Ecology of Foods and Nutrition, 56: 6, 493-513, 2017. DOI: 10.1080/03670244.2017.1381606.

Giraudo, S., Montero, J. C., Kaufmann, P., & Grossman, B. Current Dietary Lipids Recommendations: Pros and Cons. J Nutrit Health Sci, 3(4), 406. 2016

Bass, E., Baile, C., Lewis, R. and S.Q. Giraudo. “Bone quality and strength are greater in growing male rats fed fructose compared with glucose. Nutrition Research 33: 1063-1071. 2013.

Giraudo, S.Q., Mary Anne Della-Fera, Lindsey Proctor.; Kathie Wickwire; Suresh Ambati; Clifton A Baile. Maternal high fat feeding and gestational dietary restriction: effects on offspring body weight, food intake and hypothalamic gene expression over three generations in mice. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior 97:121-129. 2010.

Shrestha, Y. B., Wickwire, K. and S.Q. Giraudo. Effect of reducing hypothalamic Ghrelin or its receptor by RNA interference. Peptides 30(7): 1336-1341. 2009.

Shrestha, Y. B., Wickwire, K. and S.Q. Giraudo. Direct effects of nutrients, acetylcholine and CCK on ghrelin release from the isolated stomach of rats. Peptides 30 (6):1187-1191. 2009.

Shrestha, Y.B., Wickwire, K. and S.Q. Giraudo. Role of Agouti-related peptide on Ghrelin-induced feeding in the Hypothalamic Paraventricular Nucleus. Regulatory Peptides 133 (1):68-73. 2006.

Giraudo, S.Q. El preponderante papel del sistema de la melanocortina en el peso corporal:POMC, Agrp y MC4-R. Sociedad Argentina de Obesidad y Transtornos Alimentarios (SAOTA) 16: 8-15. 2005 (in Spanish).

Shrestha, Y.B., Wickwire, K. and S.Q. Giraudo. Action of MT-II on ghrelin-induced feeding in the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus. Neuroreport 15(7): 1365-1367. 2004

Grossman, H.C., Hadjimarkou, M.M., Silva, R.M. Giraudo, S.Q. and R.J. Bodnar. Interrelationships between m opioid and melanocortin receptors in mediating food intake in rats. Brain Research 991:240-244. 2003.

Olszewski, P.K., Wickwire, K., Wirth, M.M., Levine, A.S. and S. Q. Giraudo. Agouti-related protein: Appetite or Reward? Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 994: 187-191. 2003.

Wirth MM, Olszewski PK, Levine AS, Giraudo SQ. Effect of Agouti-related protein on development of conditioned taste aversion and oxytocin neuronal activation. Neuroreport. 13(10): 1355-8, Jul 2002.

Olszewski PK, Wirth MM, Shaw TJ, Grace MK, Billington CJ, Giraudo SQ, Levine AS. Role of alpha-MSH in the regulation of consummatory behavior: immunohistochemical evidence. American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology. 281(2): R673-80, Aug 2001.

Olszewski PK, Wirth MM, Grace MK, Levine AS, Giraudo SQ. Evidence of interactions between melanocortin and opioid systems in regulation of feeding. Neuroreport. 12(8): 1727-30, Jun 2001.

Wirth MM, Giraudo SQ. Effect of Agouti-related protein delivered to the dorsomedial nucleus of the hypothalamus on intake of a preferred versus a non-preferred diet. Brain Research. 897(1-2): 169-74, Apr 2001.

Wirth MM, Olszewski PK, Yu C, Levine AS, Giraudo SQ. Paraventricular hypothalamic alpha-melanocyte-stimulating hormone and MTII reduce feeding without causing aversive effects. Peptides. 22(1): 129-34, Jan 2001.

Wirth MM, Giraudo SQ. Agouti-related protein in the hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus: effect on feeding. Peptides. 21(9): 1369-75, Sep 2000 Giraudo SQ, Grace MK, Billington CJ, Levine AS. Differential effects of neuropeptide Y and the mu-agonist DAMGO on 'palatability' vs. 'energy'. Brain Research. 834(1-2): 160-3, 1999.

Working Papers

Gordon, J., Griner A., Murray D. and S.Q. Giraudo. 3D Food Models in Nutrition Education for Extension Youth Development.2020

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