Rikki Somers Corniola, PhD

Rikki Somers Corniola, PhD

Associate Professor of Biomedical Studies
Assistant Dean of Curriculum and Assessment

Phone: (916) 686-0468

Education and Postdoctoral Training

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Stanford University
  • PhD, Neuroscience, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
  • MS, in Nutritional Sciences, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
  • BS, in Food and Nutrition Science, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL


After completing her PhD in 2010, Dr. Rikki Somers Corniola served as a Postdoctoral Researcher in Neuroscience at Stanford University until 2012, at which time she joined the California Northstate University College of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Nutrition. Her scholarly work includes 13 primary research articles, reviews, and book chapters in the areas of nutrition and neuroscience.

In the years since joining CNU, Dr. Corniola has filled several critical roles at the university, including Director of Curriculum Mapping and Director of Accreditation and Assessment. In 2014, she led the College of Medicine through its successful WASC site visit and, in 2015, spearheaded the successful WASC accreditation proposal and site visit for the College of Health Sciences. She sits on many of the College’s service committees, including the curriculum committee and the assessment committee, for which she is chair.