Researchers

Researchers

Kendra Byrd, Ph.D., MSc

  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Nutrition
  • PICN Researcher
Dr. Byrd has conducted research on the etiology of iron deficiency in children in Kenya and Bangladesh, with a focus on the iron-regulatory hormone hepcidin. She has also investigated the impact of behavior change communication on dietary quality of children in Kenya. Currently Dr. Byrd is conducting qualitative research in Bangladesh, to investigate barriers women face to consuming a healthy diet while pregnant and lactating.
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Bess L. Caswell, Ph.D., M.S.

  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Nutrition
  • PICN Researcher
Dr. Caswell's research interests include assessment of child diet in low- and middle-income countries, food-based nutrition interventions and connections between agriculture, food security and child nutrition. She has worked on research studies relating to biofortification of staple crops in Bangladesh and Zambia, developed a tablet-based tool for conducting 24-hour dietary recalls and studied child dietary adequacy and diversity across agricultural seasons among Zambian children.
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Josh Jorgensen, Ph.D., M.P.H.

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Nutrition
  • PICN Researcher
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.
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Gilberto Kac, Ph.D.

  • Professor, Department of Nutrition, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • PICN Researcher
Dr. Kac's research program comprises projects on maternal and child nutrition with emphasis on (1) the association of nutritional biomarkers on maternal mental health and perinatal outcomes; (2) human milk bioactive compounds and it's effect on infant growth and development; and (3) consequences of inadequate gestational weight gain on maternal and child outcomes.

Arox Kamng'ona, Ph.D.

  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Nutrition
  • PICN Researcher
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.
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Jody Miller, Ph.D.

  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Nutrition
  • PICN Researcher
Dr. Miller’s research interests focus primarily on investigating the causes and consequences of nutrient deficiencies with an overall aim to develop and test nutritional strategies to improve health in vulnerable populations, particularly low-income groups and the elderly. Current research projects include investigating Vitamin A intake and status and markers of health of Filipino infants receiving multiple food and supplement vitamin A fortification strategies (Glovitas Study), and improving the protein and micronutrient intakes of institutionalized elderly in New Zealand rest homes (NZ-NAPs Study).
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Malay Mridha, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Project Scientist, Department of Nutrition
  • PICN Researcher
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.
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