Maxwell Barffour, Ph.D.

 Maxwell  Barffour, Ph.D.


  • Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Department of Nutrition



  • B.Sc., Biochemistry and Nutrition, University of Ghana, 2005
  • M.P.H., Epidemiology, Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri, 2008
  • Ph.D., International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2014.

Research Interests

Dr. Barffour’s broad research interests involve the epidemiology and reduction of morbidity and mortality among women and pediatric populations in resource-poor regions. His primary research focuses on the bidirectional interactions between infections and micronutrient status

Specific interests include (a) childhood malaria risk as a function iron status or supplementation; (b) effects of preventive and therapeutic zinc interventions on growth, immune response and diarrheal outcomes in children; (c) vitamin A supplementation and health outcomes in women and children; (d) anemia reduction through integrated malaria-iron strategies; (e) inflammation-associated changes in the biomarkers of micronutrient status; and (f) validation of the Portable Field Dark Adaptometer for measuring functional vitamin A status.

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