Dr. Rizzo is an Assistant Professor at the Center of Community Resilience at the School of Public Health in Loma Linda and an Associate Researcher at the Department of Nutrition and Biosciences at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. Dr. Rizzo lectured at the Department of Bioscience and Nutrition and the Department of Medical Nutrition at Karolinska Institutet. Currently he is the course leader for Public Health Biology and Nutrition, Nutritional Epidemiology and Research Methods in Epidemiology at Loma Linda University.
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 in children and adolescents.
Dr. Rizzo is the Special Interest Group Leader for Molecular Nutrition at the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Programming Committee Chair of the APHA Epidemiology Section.
He has authored numerous peer reviewed articles on physical activity, cardiorespiratory fitness and nutrition and their association with metabolic syndrome and obesity in children and adults. He is a co-investigator of the AHS 2 study at Loma Linda University and of the Skelleftea Epigenetics Project in Sweden that is investigating trans-generational effects of environmental factors on health outcomes.
Currently he is integrating traditional Epidemiological Methods with Epigenetic Research exploring associations between physical activity, nutrition and chronic disease risk factors. Beside his research projects and teaching appointments Dr. Rizzo has conducted prevention focused health programs in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Micronesia.