Darya Pino Rose

My name is Darya Rose and I am the creator of Summer Tomato.

I’m also a neuroscience Ph.D and the author of Foodist. I currently live in Portland, Oregon (via SF and NYC) with my husband Kevin Rose, our two girls Zelda and Nova, and our insanely adorable mini labradoodle, Toaster.

I spend most of my time thinking and writing about food, health and science. I eat amazing things daily and haven’t even considered “going on a diet” since 2007. I hover about 5-8 pounds below my original goal weight without much effort and am in better shape than I was at 20, which is totally awesome.


In 2010, I completed my Ph.D in neuroscience at UC San Francisco––my diploma is signed by Arnold Schwarzenegger. A little over a year before graduating I started writing about food, health and weight loss here at Summer Tomato, and by the time I graduated I had a new career.


My writing has been featured in several well known publications, and is frequently mentioned by many more. I received my bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley, and was recognized as one of the top students in my graduating class of 2003. I also play Zelda.


As you can see, I’m a total geek.


For 10 years I studied basic science in labs at UC Berkeley and UCSF. I have worked extensively with both human subjects and experimental animals, using a wide range of techniques to explore the basic biological functions of the brain.

Click here to read my dieting history. (It’s long!) »