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Center for Human Nutrition

Faculty

Core Faculty in the Center for Human Nutrition

Parul Christian
Professor
International Health

Parul Christian, DrPH '96, MSc, studies how to improve maternal and child nutrition and prevent micronutrient deficiencies with effective solutions in low-income settings.

Laura Caulfield
Professor
International Health

Laura Caulfield, PhD, researches nutrition problems affecting maternal, infant, and child health in the United States and globally.

Joel Gittelsohn
Professor
International Health

Joel Gittelsohn, PhD, MS, is a medical anthropologist and public health nutritionist who develops programs to improve food access and reduce risk for chronic diseases.

Jean Humphrey
Professor
International Health

Jean Humphrey, ScD '92, conducts research on finding feasible solutions to the underlying causes of undernutrition, morbidity, and mortality of infants and young children in low-income countries.

Julia Wolfson
Associate Professor
International Health

Julia Wolfson, PhD '16, MPP, studies individual, structural, and policy factors that influence food choices, diet quality, and diet-related health outcomes.

Mika Matsuzaki
Assistant Professor
International Health

Mika Matsuzaki, PhD, MPH, MS, is a life-course epidemiologist studying how policies, built environments, and equity affect nutrition-related chronic diseases and obesity.

Yeeli Mui
Assistant Professor
International Health

Yeeli Mui, PhD '17, MPH, examines structural interventions to address food system issues and advance health equity through the lens of urban policy and planning.

Kerry Schulze
Research Professor
International Health

Kerry Schulze, PhD ’03, MS, studies micronutrient status biomarkers, particularly for mothers, infants, children, and adolescents in nutritionally compromised populations.

Andrew Thorne-Lyman
Associate Research Professor
International Health

Andrew Thorne-Lyman, ScD, MHS ’97, conducts research on food systems to identify solutions that improve the nutrition and health of vulnerable populations in domestic and international contexts.

Research Associate
International Health

Sarah Baker, MSPH '15, studies nutrition status of mothers and their babies through laboratory assessment of biological fluids

Shelley Walton
Research Associate II
International Health

Shelley Walton, MPH, RD, is a nutritionist and maternal and child health specialist focusing on improved nutrition and food security implementation in vulnerable populations.

Ellina Wood, MPH, RDN
Research Associate
International Health

Ellina Wood, MPH, RDN is a nutritionist examining how to improve nutrition and diet-related health outcomes among populations in low-resource settings

Affiliated Faculty

Martin Bloem
Professor
Environmental Health and Engineering

Martin Bloem, MD, PhD, has devoted his career to improving the effectiveness of public health and nutrition programs through applied research, focusing particularly on low- and middle-income countries.

Robert Black
Professor
International Health

Robert Black, MD, MPH, is an epidemiologist who researches maternal and child health and nutrition in low- and middle-income countries to improve survival, health, and development.

Shannon Doocy
Professor
International Health

Shannon Doocy, PhD ’04, studies the health impact of natural disasters and conflict, including refugees and displaced populations, and how to improve humanitarian responses.

Daniel Erchick
Associate Professor
International Health

Daniel Erchick, PhD ’17, MPH ’12, conducts community-based epidemiologic research to evaluate low-cost interventions to improve the health of mothers and infants globally.

John Groopman
Professor
Environmental Health and Engineering

John Groopman, PhD, research involves the development and application of molecular biomarkers of exposure, dose, and effect from environmental carcinogens.

Eliseo Guallar
Professor
Epidemiology

Eliseo Guallar, MD, DrPH, is interested in understanding the role of environmental factors in the development of cardiovascular and other chronic diseases.

Erin Hager
Associate Professor
Population, Family and Reproductive Health
Christopher Heaney
Associate Professor
Environmental Health and Engineering

Christopher Heaney, PhD, MS, and his team, developed a saliva-based test that accurately detects the presence of antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 from small samples of saliva.

Joanne Katz
Professor
International Health

Joanne Katz, ScD ’93, MS, is an epidemiologist with expertise in maternal, neonatal, and child health and extensive work experience in Nepal and other South Asian countries.

Sara Benjamin Neelon
Professor
Health, Behavior and Society

Sara Benjamin-Neelon, PhD, JD, MPH, is an attorney and child nutritionist who examines early life predictors of obesity and other chronic diseases with a health equity lens.

David Paige
Professor
Population, Family and Reproductive Health

David Paige, MD, MPH ’69, shaped the WIC nutrition program, focuses on clinical nutrition, health outcomes for low birthweight & premature infants, racial disparities in health.

Krishna Rao
Associate Professor
International Health

Krishna D. Rao, PhD '04, MSc, finds ways to improve access to quality health services and financing of health care in low and middle-income countries.

Rajiv Rimal
Professor
Health, Behavior and Society

Rajiv N. Rimal, PhD, MA, works globally on social and behavior change interventions with a focus on women and children’s nutrition and well-being. He adopts a social norms-based approach to address health inequities in low- and middle-income countries.

Alan Scott
Professor
Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

Alan Scott, PhD, MS, studies innate immunity with an emphasis on the roles of macrophages in the pathogenesis of lung diseases caused by parasite and environmental exposures.

Xiaobin Wang
Professor
Population, Family and Reproductive Health

Xiaobin Wang, MD, ScD ’91, MPH, pediatrician and molecular epidemiologist, focuses on early life origins of diseases, and maternal and child health

Marsha Wills-Karp
Professor
Environmental Health and Engineering

Marsha Wills-Karp, PhD, researches the environmental determinants of allergic and immune diseases across the lifespan and chairs the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering.

Other Components of the Center for Human Nutrition

What We Do

The Center's research stretches from the local food environment in Baltimore to encompass nutrition and health challenges in low- and middle-income contexts globally.

Collaborations

The Center works with multiple organizations and research groups with similar interests and priorities in tackling complex issues in the fields of food and nutrition.

Training Opportunities

With the Human Nutrition Program as its hub, the Center offers multiple training opportunities to interested individuals.