Postdoctoral Student, Texas, Former World-Class Track & Field Athlete
Fiona is currently a Nutritional Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas in Austin. She received her Master’s in Public Health and her PhD in Health Education at the University of Missouri. In her current role, Fiona’s research focuses on childhood obesity prevention and looking at the role of physical activity and nutrition in the prevention of obesity.
Dr. Asigbee’s passion for her research stems from her love of sports as well as from her collegiate career as a Track and Field athlete at the University of Missouri. Fiona competed in the 7-event discipline known as the heptathlon where she won an indoor and outdoor Big 12 championship. Fiona also competed internationally in the sport and some of her career highlights include: Drake Relays Heptathlon Champion (2008), Audrey Walton Combined Events Champion (2008), 6th at U.S. Olympic Trials (2008), 3rd third at USATF Outdoor Championships (2007), USATF Indoor Pentathlon Champion (2007), 4th at USATF Outdoor Championships (2007), ranked 19th in the World (2007), ranked 3rd in the U.S. by Track and Field News (2005 and 2006), 3rd at NACAC Combined Events Championships, San Juan, Puerto Rico, ranked 13th in the World (2006), and NACAC Combined Events Champion, San Juan, Puerto Rico (2005).
Through her involvement in Track and Field, Fiona gained an appreciation for the opportunities that playing sports has to offer. Sport has a unique way of teaching life-long lessons both on and off the field, and Fiona hopes to pay forward the kindness and generosity she received as an athlete from her family, coaches and friends to the next generation of athletes.