Current Students

Ty Beal

Ty Beal

Affiliation: Geography Graduate Group

Major Professor: Robert Hijmans

Undergraduate degree(s): B.A. Interdisciplinary Arts, Arizona State University, 2008

Research Interests: Linkages between agriculture, food consumption, nutrition, and health; agricultural interventions for reducing micronutrient malnutrition in low-income countries; health and nutritional geography

Sarah Burke

Sarah Burke

Affiliation: Graduate Group in Nutritional Biology

Major Professor: Janet King

Undergraduate degree(s): B.A (Psychology) San Diego State University

Research Interests: Human zinc metabolism and exploring novel methods for zinc nutrition assessment.

Kendra Byrd

Kendra Byrd

Affiliation: Graduate Group in Nutritional Biology

Major Professor: Christine Stewart

Undergraduate degree: BSc (Biology), Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2003

Advanced degree: M.S. (Nutrition), Chico State University, Chico, California, 2006

Previous relevant employment and international experience: Teaching Assistant, Nutrition 11, University of California, Davis, Nutrition Educator, University of California Cooperative Extension, Health Advisor, Peace Corps Uganda, Instructor, Butte Community College

Research interests: etiology of anemia, maternal and child nutrition

Publications:

Byrd K., Silliman K., Neyman-Morris M. (2008). Impact of a Three-year Worksite Wellness Program on Employee Blood Lipid Levels. California Journal of Health Promotion, 6(1), 49

Caitlin French

Caitlin French

Affiliation: Nutritional Biology Graduate Group

Major Professor: Carolyn Slupsky

Undergraduate degree(s): B.A., International Studies - Political Science/Literature emphasis

Research Interests: Interactions in host and microbial metabolism, maternal/ early child nutrition, cognitive development and nutrition behavior

Juliana Haber

Juliana Haber

Affiliation: Graduate Group in Nutritional Biology

Major Professor: Lindsay H. Allen

Degree: B.S. in Nutrition Science (UCD) 2010

Previous relevant employment experience: Research Associate, USDA ARS (UCD), Laboratory of Dr. Lindsay Allen; Research Associate for the Packard Pediatric Weight Control Program, Stanford Prevention Research Center; Research Associate, University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health, Laboratory of Professor Dr. Barbara Laraia;  Investigator, International Center for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b); Intern, Mother and Infant Nutrition, Infant Feeding Study at UCD under Professor Kathryn G. Dewey; Intern, UC Davis (Biochemical Nutrition under Professor Dr. Andrew J. Clifford; Animal Biochemistry under Professor Chris C. Calvert; Nutritional Biology under Laura Fischer); Teaching Assistant, UC Davis, for class titled  ‘Animal Biochemical Metabolism’; Teaching Assistant, UC Davis,  for class titled ‘Nutritional Assessment’;  English Teacher, Volunteer Tibet (taught English at a Buddhist Monastery to students aged ~10 - ~40. Focuses included basic grammar, spelling, and vocabulary); Assistant and Trainee; Dr. Ashwin Shastry at Arogya Niketana, India (participated in clinical practice focused on Ayurvedic Treatment including preparation of medicines and assistance in patient care).

Research Interests: Maternal and  infant nutrition, breast milk quality assessment, dietary assessment, micronutrient metabolism, agro-nutritional public heath interventions, food systems

Current Research: Ms. Haber's dissertation study examines the relative impact of maternal diet compared to biomarkers of nutritional status on breast milk micronutrient content in lactating Guatemala women. This study also examines the relationship between breast milk micronutrient content and infant nutritional status during the time of exclusive breastfeeding in Guatemalan infants. Two sub studies will be carried out as part of this project, including one which examines the effectiveness of LNS at increasing the content of select micronutrients in milk, and one which examines the day to day variation in milk nutrient content. 

Nazmul Huda

Nazmul Huda

Affiliation: Graduate Group in Nutritional Biology

Major professor: Charles B. Stephensen

Undergraduate degree: B.Sc. (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2007

Advanced degree: M.S. (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2008

Previous relevant employment and international experience: Senior Research Assistant, Nutritional Biochemistry Lab, Laboratory Sciences Division, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research (ICDDR,B), Dhaka, Bangladesh;  Research Officer, Nutritional Biochemistry Lab, Laboratory Sciences Division, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research (ICDDR,B), Dhaka, Bangladesh

Research interest: Effect of vitamin A supplementation on infants’ immunity

Sika Kumordzie

Sika Kumordzie

Affiliation: Graduate Group in Nutritional Biology

Major Professor: Kathryn G. Dewey

Undergraduate degree: BSc. Nutrition and Food Science, University of Ghana, Legon. 2007

Advanced degree: MPhil Nutrition, University of Ghana, Legon. 2010

Research interest: Maternal and child nutrition, Childhood obesity and chronic disease, Micronutrient malnutrition

Haqui Luo

Hanqi Luo

Affiliation: Graduate Group in Epidemiology

Major Professor: Christine Stewart

Undergraduate degree: B.S. Applied Chemistry.  University of Science and Technology Beijing, 2008

Advanced degree: M.S. Food Policy and Applied Nutrition, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, 2011

Previous relevant employment experience: Survey Coordinator and Research Manager, Valid International, Ethiopia, 2012-2014; Emergency Nutrition Intern, UNICEF Ethiopia, 2011.

Research interests:  Maternal and Child Nutrition; Micronutrient Deficiency; Cost Effectiveness Analysis; Epidemiological and Mathematical Modeling;Nutritional Epidemiology

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Andrew Matchado

Andrew Matchado

Affiliation: Graduate Group in Nutritional Biology

Major Professor: Christine Stewart

Undergraduate degree(s): Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery(MBBS), University of Malawi, College of Medicine 2009

Research Interests: Nutrition and non-communicable disease in low income setting

Maku Ocansey

Eugenia Maku Ocansey

Affiliation: Graduate Group in Nutritional Biology

Major Professor: Kathryn Dewey

Undergraduate degree: BSc (Nutrition and Food Science).  University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana, 2004

Advanced degree: Mphil (Nutrition). University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana, 2009. Thesis title: Nutritional factors and gross motor development of children living in an HIV-affected community in Ghana

Previous relevant employment experience: Deputy Assistant Project Manager.  International Lipid-based Nutrient Supplement (ILiNS) Project. University of Ghana – Legon. Oct 2009 - Aug 2013; Field Supervisor. International Lipid-based Nutrient Supplement (ILiNS) Study acceptability trial. University of Ghana – Legon. Aug 2009; Senior Research Assistant. Research to Improve Infant Nutrition and Growth (RIING) Project. University of Ghana – Legon. July 2004 – July 2007;

Research interests: Nutrition interventions for low income populations with special focus on maternal and child nutrition

Publications:

Adu-Afarwuah, S; Lartey, A; Okronipa, H; Ocansey, EM; Vosti, SA and Dewey, KG. (2012). Timing of initiation of antenatal care in two semi-rural districts in Ghana and factors influencing early initiation. Book of Abstracts, Africa Nutritional Epidemiology Conference (ANEC V) South Africa. Oct. 2012

Ocansey, Maku E., Lartey, Anna, Marquis, Grace S., Pérez-Escamilla, Rafael, Mazur, Robert E., and  Sellen, Dan E. (2010). Maternal HIV status and motor milestone achievements among children living in the Yilo and Manya Krobo districts of Ghana. Book of Abstracts, Africa Nutritional Epidemiology Conference (ANEC IV) Oct. 2010

Harriet Okronipa

Harriet Okronipa

Affiliation: Graduate Group in Nutritional Biology

Major professor: Kathryn G. Dewey

Undergraduate degree: B.S. (Nutrition and Food Science), University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana, 2004

Advanced degree: Master of Science (Human Nutrition), McGill University, Quebec, Canada, 2009

Previous relevant employment and international experience: Assistant Project Manager,  International Lipid-based Nutrient Supplement (ILiNS) Project (Ghana Site), 2009-2014; Research Assistant, Inuit Health Study, Center for Indigenous Peoples’ Nutrition and Education (CINE), McGill University, Canada 2008-2009;  Research Assistant, Research to Improve Infant Nutrition and Growth (RIING) Project, University of Ghana, Ghana 2004-2006.

Research interests: maternal and child nutrition, nutrition intervention programs using community-based participatory approaches, infant and young child feeding and dietary preference development, and Infant morbidity.

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Cesaire Ouedraogo

Cesaire T. Ouedraogo

Affiliation: Graduate Group in Nutritional Biology

Major  Professor: Sonja Hess

Advanced  Degree: Doctor of Medicine

Previous relevant employment and international experience:  Visiting Assistant Project Scientist, University of California, Davis/ Niger Maternal Nutrition Project, Zinder, Niger (West Africa) from April 2013-September 2015; Short-Term Scholar, University of California, Davis, Department of Nutrition from October 2012-March  2013; Scientific Field Coordinator, Zinc 7-20 Project, Orodara, Burkina Faso (West Africa) from August 2009-September 2012

Research Interests: human nutrition and public health with focus on 1) maternal and child nutrition,  2) interactions between micronutrient deficiencies and infection, and 3) stable isotope techniques for body composition, breastfeeding and micronutrient deficiencies assessment.

Barkat Ullah

Barkat Ullah

Affiliation: Graduate Group in Nutritional Biology

Major Professor: Prof. Kathryn G. Dewey

Undergraduate degree(s): Bachelor in Medicine and Bachelor in Surgery (MBBS)

Advanced degree(s): Masters in Public Health (MPH), Masters in Business and Administration (MBA)

Research Interests: Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition. Infant and Young Child Feeding.

Previous relevant employment and international experience: Deputy Project Coordinator, Rang-Din Nutrition Study, Center for Reproductive Health, ICDDR'B, from April 2013 till now. Research Quality Assurance Consultant, Rang-Din Nutrition Study, University of California, Davis from Dec 2012 to March 2013. Field District Officer, Maternal and Neonatal Health Initiative, United Nations Population Program from October 2010 to December 2012. Senior Research Physician and Senior Management Team Member, JiVitA (a maternal and child health research project in Bangladesh implemented by Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA), from November 2003 to October 2010. Clinic Manager cum Medical Officer, National Service Delivery Partnership, from June 2000 to October 2003. Assistant Project Manager (Quality Assurance), Rural Service Delivery Partnership, from December 1998 to June 2000.

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