Professional Researchers

Maxwell Barffour

Maxwell Barffour, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Nutrition
Office: 3252 Meyer, Lab: 3309 Meyer,  (410) 585-5979, mabarffour@ucdavis.edu

Dr. Barffour’s broad research interests involve the epidemiology and reduction of morbidity and mortality among women and pediatric populations in resource-poor regions.

Guy-Marino Hinnouho

Guy-Marino Hinnouho, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Nutrition
Office: 3252 Meyer, (530) 752-1992, gmhinnouho@ucdavis.edu

Dr. Hinnouho’s research interests involve the implementation of community-based randomized controlled trials in the field of Nutrition and Infectious Diseases and the impact evaluation of health programs in low-income countries.

Josh Jorgensen

Josh Jorgensen, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Nutrition
Office: 3252 Meyer, Lab: 3252 Meyer,  (530) 752-1992, jjorgensen@ucdavis.edu

Dr. Jorgensen’s research interests include improving infant survival and child growth and development through maternal and child micronutrient interventions, as well as investigating the role the intestinal microbiota plays in childhood malnutrition, including potential pre- and probiotic interventions. 

Arox Kamng'ona

Arox Kamng’ona, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Nutrition
awkamngona@ucdavis.edu

Dr. Kamng’ona received his B.S. (honours) in Chemistry from the University of Malawi, Malawi and his B.S. (honours) in Molecular Biology from The University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa. He received his M.S. in Molecular Biology form the University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa. He received his Ph.D. in Infection and Immunity from the University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom. He is currently working as a postdoctoral scholar examining the effects of a lipid-based nutrient supplement (LNS) on Malawian infants gut microbiota, as well as the association between microbiota and subsequent infant outcomes (growth, development, morbidity and inflammation). His broad interests are in understanding the human microbiota and impact on human health in resource poor African settings.

Malay Mridha

Malay K. Mridha, Ph.D.

Assistant Project Scientist, Department of Nutrition
mkmridha@ucdavis.edu

Dr. Mridha’s research interests include the role of polyunsaturated fatty acids in pregnancy and lactation; weaning and complementary feeding practices and their association with growth and illness of children; the linkage between infection and nutrition; evaluation of existing nutrition intervention programs for women and children; nutrition and non-communicable diseases; and mainstreaming nutrition into health  system.

Muzi Na

Muzi Na, Ph.D., M.H.S.

Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Nutrition
Office: 3211 Meyer, mna@ucdavis.edu

Dr. Na's research interests include food insecurity and socio-behavioral risk factors in relation to maternal and child nutrition and health. With background in biostatistics, she is also interested in the methodology and application of big data analytics and simulation techniques using nationally representative nutrition/health data. 

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Brietta Oaks, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Nutrition
Office: 1339 Meyer, (530) 752-4622, boaks@ucdavis.edu

Dr. Oaks' research focuses on maternal and child nutrition in lower-income populations. Research themes include the impact of nutritional interventions on biomarkers of health, factors associated with birth outcomes (cortisol, iron status, fatty acids, obesity, plasma lipids, inflammation), and the long-term effects of nutrition during pregnancy and infancy on child health.