Ph.D. Recipients

Ph.D recipients

Grant J. Aaron

Graduation Date: 2010
Major Professor: Kenneth H. Brown
Graduate Group: Nutritional Biology
Dissertation title: 'Interventions to Control Deficiencies of Zinc and other Micronutrients in West Africa" (supported by GAIN, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, and HKI, Helen Keller International).
Current Occupation: Senior Associate, Research & Development, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Switzerland

Seth Adu-Afarwuah

Graduation Date: 2006
Major Professor: Kathryn G. Dewey
Graduate Group: Nutritional Biology
Dissertation title: "Efficacy and acceptability of three types of multiple micronutrient supplements for home fortification of complementary foods for infants in Ghana" (supported by the Fogarty International Center and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, The Nestle Foundation and USAID).
Current Occupation: Researcher, Department of Nutrition and Food Science, University of Ghana

Alberto Aguilera

Graduation Date: 2015
Affiliation: Graduate Group in Nutritional Biology
Major Professor: Lucia L. Kaiser
Dissertation Title: "Changes in eating patterns of young Mexican-origin children."
Current Occupation: Postdoc, UCD Office of Student Affairs, Cooperative Extension, Ninos Sanas--Family Nutrition Education

Shaikh Meshbahuddin Ahmad

Graduation Date: 2007
Major Professor: Charles B. Stephensen
Graduate Group: Nutritional Biology
Dissertation title: "Immune function in men with marginal and adequate vitamin A stores" (supported by Fogarty International Center and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the Agricultural Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture).
Current Occupation: Associate Scientist, Nutritional Biochemistry, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, (Icddr,b) Enteric and Respiratory Infections Dept.

Emmanuel Aklamati

Graduation Date: 2008
Major Professors: Kenneth H. Brown and Marjorie Haskell
Graduate Group: Nutritional Biology
Dissertation title: "Absorption and retention, and impact of high-dose vitamin A supplements on total body vitamin A stores of 3-4 year old Zambian boys" (supported by the Fogarty International Center, USAID/ CDC, and the Bristol Myers Squibb Freedom to Discover program).
Current Occupation: Surveillance Analyst (Research Scientist) at New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Miriam Anaya-Loyola

Graduation Date: 2007
Major Professor: Lindsay H. Allen
Graduate Group: Nutritional Biology
Dissertation title: "Vitamin B12 deficiency: prevalence and causes in Mexico" (supported by CONACYT, UC MEXUS, USDA, Wyeth.)
Current Occupation: Full Professor, Autonomous University of Queretaro, Department of Research and Postgraduate in Food Science, Queretaro, Mexico

Patrice Armstrong

Graduation Date: 2009
Major Professor: Charles B. Stephensen
Graduate Group: Nutritional Biology
Dissertation title: "Variation in the ALOX5 Gene and response to omega-3 fatty acid supplements in persons of African descent" (supported by the Nutritional Genomics Grant/National Institutes of Health – National Center of Complimentary & Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and the Gustavus and Louise Pfeiffer Research Foundation).
Current Occupation: Scientific Communication Editor, NIH /National Institute of Minority Health & Health Disparities

Joanne E. Arsenault

Graduation Date: 2006
Major Professor: Kenneth H. Brown
Graduate Group: Nutrition
Dissertation title: "Dietary zinc intake of young children in Peru and the US, and effects of supplemental zinc on energy intake, appetite, body composition, and plasma leptin, ghrelin, and insulin concentrations of Peruvian infants" (supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation).
Current Occupation: CA Senior Dietary Data Advisor, Intake Center for Dietary Assessment

Naila Baig Ansari

Graduation Date: 2010
Major Professor: Philip Kass
Graduate Group: Epidemiology
Dissertation title: "The role of household food insecurity access, socioeconomic status and dietary diversity as underlying determinants of undernutrition in Pakastani households."
Current Occupation: Epidemiologist/Independent Research Profession, The Indus Hospital, Pakistan

Lacey Baldiviez

Graduation Date: 2013
Major Professor: Kathryn G. Dewey
Graduate Group: Nutritional Biology
Dissertation title: "The relationship between iron supplementation during pregnancy and urinary 8-isoprostane-F2a, a biomarker of in vivo lipid peroxidation, and severe cases of maternal malaria in Ghana."
Current Occupation: Executive Director, The Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens, Goleta, CA

Jinan Banna

Graduation Date: 2008
Major Professor: Marilyn Townsend
Graduate Group: Nutritional Biology
Dissertation title: "Food behaviors and physical activity in Spanish-speaking women in California" (supported by the Public Health Institute, Gustavus and Louise Pfeiffer Research Fellowship, and Jastro Shields Research Scholarship).
Current Occupation: Associate Professor, Department of Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources – University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Ty Beal

Graduation Date: 2017
Major Professor: Robert Hijmans
Graduate Group: Geography
Dissertation title: "The geography of malnutrition."
Current Occupation: Technical Specialist, Knowledge Leadership, GAIN (Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition), Washington DC

Megan Bragg

Graduation Date: 2021
Major Professor: Christine Stewart
Graduate Group: Nutritional Biology
Dissertation title: "Plasma Choline, Growth, and Development among Malawian Children Age 6-15 Months Enrolled in an Egg Intervention Trial."
Current Occupation: Postdoctoral Researcher, Autism Institute, Drexel University, Pennsylvania

Khadija Begum

Graduation Date: 2013
Major Professor: Kathryn G. Dewey
Graduate Group: Nutritional Biology
Dissertation title: "Prevalence and predictors of breastfeeding practices and perceived breastfeeding problems in Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Viet Nam."
Current Occupation: Research Coordinator for Evaluation of the Partnership, Enhancing Nutrition Services to Improve Maternal and Child Health (ENRICH)

Adelia C. Bovell-Benjamin

Graduation Date: 1998
Major Professor: Lindsay H. Allen
Graduate Group: Nutrition
Dissertation title: "Evaluation of iron amino acid chelates as iron fortificants in maize" (supported by Albion Laboratories).
Current Occupation: Research Professor, Food and Nutritional Sciences, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama

Virginia A. Bennett

Graduation Date: 2000
Major Professor: Kenneth H. Brown
Graduate Group: Nutrition
Dissertation title: "Evaluation of selected methods to assess and enhance complementary feeding of young children in low-income countries" (supported by UNICEF, USAID/UDLP, USAID/PSTC).
Current Occupation: Asst. Professor in Food Science and Nutrition, Director of Didactic Program in Dietetics, Central Washington University

Erick Boy

Graduation Date: 2006
Major Professor: Kenneth H. Brown
Graduate Group: Nutrition
Dissertation title: "Evaluation of novel assessment tools and interventions to improve micronutrient nutrition" (supported by UC Davis and INCAP.)
Current Occupation: Nutrition Research Coordinator/HarvestPlus - IFPRI (International Food Policy Institute)

Alex Brito

Graduation Date: 2015
Major Professor: Lindsay H. Allen
Graduate Group: Nutritional Biology
Dissertation Title: "Novel approaches for detecting sub-clinical effects Of vitamin B-12 deficiency and its interaction with folate status in the elderly."
Current Occupation: Senior Researcher, I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University, Moscow, Russia

Diana Bueno-Gutierrez   

Graduation Date: 2013
Major Professor: Caroline Chantry
Graduate Group: Nutritional Biology
Dissertation: "Formative research to develop breastfeeding promotion messages in Tijuana, Mexico."
Current Occupation: Medical Student, Autonomous University Baja, Mexico

Kendra Byrd

Graduation Date: 2015
Major Professor: Christine Stewart
Graduate Group: Graduate Group in Nutritional Biology
Dissertation Title: "The impact of a community-based nutrition intervention on infant dietary quality, and factors influencing hepcidin concentrations among infants living in Bangladesh and Kenya."
Current Occupation: Nutrition Scientist, WorldFish, Penang, Malaysia

Alison Lemon Campbell

Graduation Date: 2003
Major Professor: Lindsay H. Allen
Graduate Group: Nutrition
Dissertation title: "Causes and consequences of vitamin B-12 deficiency in a Californian Latino elderly population" (supported by USDA).
Current Occupation: Nutrition Instructor at De Anza College, Cupertino, CA

Jennifer E. Casterline-Sabel

Graduation Date: 1998
Major Professor: Lindsay H. Allen
Graduate Group: Nutrition
Dissertation title: "Vitamin B-12 deficiency and malabsorption in Guatemala and Mexico" (supported by USAID/UDLP and the Thrasher Research Fund).
Current Occupation: Epidemiologist at State of Washington Department of Health

Virginia Chaidez

Graduation Date: 2009
Major Professor: Lucia L. Kaiser
Graduate Group: Nutritional Biology
Dissertation title: "Toddler-feeding practices in Latinos: An early start in obesity prevention" (supported by the National Research Initiative of the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UCMEXUS); the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety; the Food Stamp and Nutrition Education Program (FSNEP); and the Gustavus and Louise Pfeiffer Research Foundation).
Current Occupation: Assistant Professor, Nutrition & Health Sciences Dept, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Camila Chaparro

Graduation Date: 2006
Major Professor: Kathryn G. Dewey
Graduate Group: Nutrition
Dissertation title: "Effects of the timing of umbilical cord clamping and other factors on infant iron and lead status at six months of age" (supported by The Thrasher Research Fund and the U.S. Fulbright Program).
Current Occupation: Consultant, International Nutrition, Boston, MA

Roberta J. Cohen

Graduation Date: 1994
Major Professor: Kathryn G. Dewey
Graduate Group: Nutrition
Dissertation title: "Optimal age of introduction of complementary foods to exclusively breast fed Honduran infants" (supported by the Thrasher Research Fund, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and Georgetown University).
Current Occupation: Retired

Kathleen Deegan

Graduation Date: 2008
Major Professor: Lindsay H. Allen
Graduate Group: Nutritional Biology
Dissertation title: "Vitamin B-12 in human milk: Methodology for measurement and determination of deficiency and the effect of supplementation on B-12 deficient lactating women" (supported by the Agricultural Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture).
Current Occupation: Retired lecturer Emeritus from California State University Sacramento, now Traveling Dietitian for Dietitians on Demand

Jessica De Haene

Graduation Date: 2008
Major Professor: Janet King
Graduate Group: Nutritional Biology
Dissertation title: "Determinants of impaired glucose tolerance and insulin resistance among Mexican pregnant women" (sponsored by Fogarty International Center, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, Inc., and UC MEXUS).
Current Occupation: Clinical Manager at Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI)

Swati Deshpande

Graduation Date: 2004
Major Professor: Kathryn G. Dewey
Graduate Group: Nutrition
Dissertation title: "Strategies to optimize maternal and infant nutrition."
Current Occupation: Epidemiologist, Health Policy Analyst, San Mateo, CA

Daphna Dror

Graduation Date: 2009
Major Professor: Lindsay H. Allen
Graduate Group: Nutritional Biology
Dissertation title: "Prevalence, predictors, and consequences of vitamin D deficiency in mother-infant pairs in Oakland, CA" (supported by the Western Human Nutrition Research Center (USDA/ARS), the East Bay Neonatology Foundation and the Gustavus and Louise Pfeiffer Research Foundation).
Current Occupation: Chief Nutrition Officer, MedChefs/MHS, Inc., San Ramon, CA

Reina Engle-Stone

Graduation Date: 2011
Major Professor: Kenneth H. Brown
Graduate Group: Nutritional Biology
Dissertation title: "Micronutrient status and consumption of fortifiable foods among women and young children in Cameroon: results of a national survey" (supported by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, Sight & Life, and the Henry A. Jastro and Peter J. Shields Graduate Research Award).
Current Occupation: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Nutrition,  UC Davis, CA

Caitlin French

Graduation Date: 2021
Major Professor: Francene Steinberg and Christine Stewart
Graduate Group: Nutrition
Dissertation title: "Sources of intra-individual variation in dietary intake and oxidative stress measures and implications for population monitoring and nutritional epidemiological studies in pregnancy."
Current Occupation: Postdoctoral Scholar for Dr. Susana Matias, Nutritional Sciences & Toxicology, UC Berkeley

Olga P. Garcia

Graduation Date: 1999
Major Professor: Lindsay H. Allen
Graduate Group: Nutrition
Dissertation title: "Isotope and community trials of the efficacy of a local food source of ascorbic acid for improving iron absorption and status in rural Mexico" (supported by CONACYT, Mexico; USAID/OMNI).
Current Occupation: Nutrition Researcher, Facultad de Ciencias Naturales, University of Queretaro, Mexico

Gretchen George

Graduation Date: 2014
Major Professor: Lucia Kaiser
Graduate Group: Nutritional Biology
Dissertation title: "Childhood Obesity Reduction Within A Summer Camp Model."
Current Occupation: Assistant Professor and Program Lead of Nutrition and Dietetics within the Family, Interiors, Nutrition & Apparel Department, San Francisco State University, CA

Joanne Graham

Graduation Date: 2004
Major Professor: Lindsay H. Allen
Graduate Group: Nutrition
Dissertation title: "Benefits of riboflavin plus iron supplementation for pregnant Nepali women" (supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Floyd & Mary Schwall Dissertation Fellowship).
Current Occupation: Adjunct Faculty, Dietetic Internship Director at California State University, Sacramento

Juliana (Haber) Donohue

Graduation Date: 2016
Major Professor: Lyndsay Allen
Graduate Group: Nutritional Biology
Dissertation title: "Micronutrient Supplementation in Pregnancy and Lactation: Effects on Maternal and Infant Status, and Breast Milk Composition in Guatemala, Malawi and Ghana."
Current Occupation: Associate Specialist in Nutritional Epidemiology/Post-doc at the Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences, Switzerland

Andrea Hacker

Graduation Date: 2013
Major Professor: Janet C. King and Ellen B. Fung
Graduate Group: Nutritional Biology
Dissertation title: "Racial Differences in Maternal Bone Density and Calcium Intake in an Urban Population."
Current Occupation: Assistant Professor at Missouri Southern State University

Craig Hadley

Graduation Date: 2003
Major Professor: Monique Borgerhoff Mulder
Graduate Group: Anthropology
Dissertation title: "The Biosocial Correlates of Children's Growth in Two Tanzanian Ethnic Groups" (supported by NSF, the Gifford Center for Population Issues, and UC Davis).
Current Occupation: Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Dept. of Anthropology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Andrew Hall

Graduation Date: 2011
Major Professor: Janet C. King
Graduate Group: Nutritional Biology
Dissertation title: "Supplemental Animal Source Foods for Reproductive-age Women in Rural Vietnam: Development, Acceptability, and Effects on Usual Diet, Micronutrient Status, and Infections" (supported by Pacific Rim Research Program, Fulbright U.S. Student Program, and UC Davis (Jastro-Shields Scholarship).
Current Occupation: Consultant as of 2012-Present; Postdoctoral Researcher at UC Davis: Mkushi, Zambia Project and VINAVAC Study Coordinator, Vietnam for CHORI (Children's Hospital Oakland)

Laura M. Hall

Graduation Date: 2008
Major Professor: Charles B. Stephensen
Graduate Group: Nutritional Biology
Dissertation title: "Sun Exposure, Skin Reflectance and Vitamin D Intake to Predict Vitamin D Status" (supported by the NCMHD Center of Excellence in Nutritional Genomics, the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, Inc., the Gustavus and Louise Pfeiffer Research Foundation, and the Western Human Nutrition Research Center).
Current Occupation: Adjunct Professor, William Jessup University, Rocklin, CA  & Los Rios Community Colleges, Sacramento, CA

Kassandra Harding

Graduation Date: 2014
Major Professor: Kay Dewey
Graduate Group: Nutrition
Dissertation title: "Exploring Personal, Social, Cultural, and Environmental Factors that Influence the Health and Nutrition of Pregnant Women and Their Infants within the Context of a Community Health Program in Rural Bangladesh."
Current Occupation: Assistant Professor, Cal State University San Bernardino, Health Sciences & Human Ecology

Marjorie J. Haskell

Graduation Date: 1996
Major Professor: Kenneth H. Brown
Graduate Group: Nutrition
Dissertation title: "Evaluation of the deuterated retinol dilution technique to assess vitamin A status of Bangladeshi adults" (supported by USAID).
Current Occupation: Associate Research Nutritionist, Department of Nutrition, at UC Davis, CA

Eric Hazzard

Graduation Date: 2009
Major Professor: Sheri Zidenberg-Cherr
Graduate Group: Nutritional Biology
Dissertation title: "Utilization of garden-based education to positively impact children's nutrition knowledge and behaviors."
Current Occupation: Unite Us Technology Company, Director, Network Development, West Coast, San Diego, CA

Mohammad Bakhtiar Hossain

Graduation Date: 2006
Major Professor: Bo Lönnerdal
Graduate Group: Nutritional Biology
Dissertation title: "Effects of Maternal Iron and Zinc Deficiency and Supplementation on Neonatal Iron and Zinc Status, Iron Uptake, and Intestinal Iron and Zinc Transporter Expression in a Rat Model" (supported by the Fogarty International Center and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development).
Current Occupation: Assistant Scientist, ICDDR,B, Bangladesh

Md. Iqbal Hossain

Graduation Date: 2009
Major Professor: Kenneth H. Brown
Graduate Group: Nutritional Biology
Dissertation title: "Risk factors for severe malnutrition among hospitalized Bangladeshi children, and controlled evaluation of different community-based treatment protocols" (supported by Sida-SAREC, Sweden, ICDDR,B, and Program in International and Community Nutrition, UC Davis and the Fogarty International Center.)
Current Occupation: Senior Scientist, ICDDR,B, Bangladesh

Nazmul Huda

Graduation Date: 2017
Major Professor: Kay Dewey
Graduate Group: Nutritional Biology
Dissertation: "Determinants of Immune Function in Early Infancy: Intestinal Microbiota, Vitamin A and Physiologic Stress."
Current Occupation: Postdoctoral Scholar, UC Davis--Effect of vitamin A supplementaion on infant immunity; gut microbiota, immunity and stress research

Kathleen Humphries

Graduation Date: 1995
Major Professor: Ken Brown
Graduate Group: Nutritional Biology
Dissertation: "Methods for Assessing Nutrition Outcomes to Weight Loss Dieting in Adolescent Girls."
Current Occupation: Associate Research Professor in the School of Public and Community Health Sciences, University of Montana

Md. Munirul Islam

Graduation Date: 2007
Major Professor: Kenneth H. Brown
Graduate Group: Nutrition
Dissertation title: "Effects of energy density and feeding frequency of complementary foods on food and breast milk consumption, total energy intake, and time expended during individual meals by healthy, breastfed Bangladeshi children" (supported by the Government of Bangladesh through IHP-HNPRP and by the Fogarty International Center and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development).
Current Occupation: Scientist, ICDDR,B, Bangladesh

Katharine M. Jones

Graduation Date: 2005
Major Professor: Lindsay H. Allen
Graduate Group: Nutrition
Dissertation title: "Vitamin B-12 deficiency in Guatemalan mothers and infants: Prevalence, predictors and associations with maternal depression and infant development" (supported by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association).
Current Occupation: No information

Josh Jorgensen

Graduation Date: 2014
Major Professor: Kathryn Dewey
Graduate Group:  Nutritional Biology
Dissertation title: "Predictors of Iron Status and Oxidative Stress in Lactating Women: Effects of Iron Supplementation, Inflammation, and High BMI."
Current Occupation: Lecturer, Nutrition Dept. Oregon State University

Rumana Khan

Graduation Date: 2013
Major Professor: Bruce N. Leistikow
Graduate Group: Epidemiology
Dissertation title: "Cardiovascular Diseases in Bangladesh and in the United States: The knowledge level of risk factors and association with smoking and obesity" (supported by Fogarty International Center and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development).
Current Occupation: Researcher at the National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH

Joel E. Kimmons

Graduation Date: 2000
Major Professor: Kathryn G. Dewey
Graduate Group: Nutrition
Dissertation title: "Assessment of appropriate and feasible strategies to improve infant complementary feeding practices in Ghana and Bangladesh" (supported by Nestlé Foundation; World Bank, ICDDR, B).
Current Occupation: Nutrition Scientist and Epidemiologist in Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Moses Klevor

Graduation Date: 2014
Major Professor: Kathryn Dewey
Graduate Group: Nutritional Biology
Dissertation: "Breast Milk Retinol Concentrations of Ghanaian Women: Effect of Lipid-Based Nutrient Supplements Taken During Pregnancy and the First 6 Months Postpartum, and Associations with Maternal Dietary Patterns and Sociodemographic Factors."
Current Occupation: Lecturer, Department of Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Sika M. Kumordzie

Graduation Date: 2018
Major Professor: Kathryn G. Dewey
Graduate Group: Nutritional Biology
Dissertation title: "Effect of Maternal and Infant Lipid-based Nutrient Supplementation on Subsequent Growth and Health Outcomes of Preschool-aged Children in Ghana."

Current Occupation: Postdoctoral Scholar, UC Davis Dept. of Nutrition, Ghana Condiment Fortification Nutrition Project

Anna Lartey

Graduation Date: 1998
Major Professor: Kathryn G. Dewey
Graduate Group: Nutrition
Dissertation title: "A randomized community-based trial of the effects of improved, centrally processed complementary foods on growth and micronutrient status of Ghanaian infants at 6-12 months" (supported by the Nestlé Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation).
Current Occupation: Past President of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS, 2013-2017).  Director of Nutrition and Food Systems Division at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations

Daniel López de Romaña

Graduation Date: 2004
Major Professor: Kenneth H. Brown
Graduate Group: Nutrition
Dissertation title: "Development of iron- and zinc- (doubly-) fortified wheat products to improve the diets, nutrition, and health of Peruvian children" (supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Fogarty International Center and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the United States).
Current Occupation: Technical Advisor, Nutrition International

Hanqi Luo

Graduation Date: 2017
Major Professor: Christine Stewart
Graduate Group: Epidemiology
Dissertation title: "Modeling the Effectiveness of Micronutrient Interventions on Adequacy of Nutrient Intake among Women and Young Children in Cameroon."
Current Occupation: Senior Biostatistician, Global Health, Rollins Scholl of Public Health, Emory University

Zeina Maalouf-Manasseh

Graduation Date: 2011
Major Professor: Kathryn G. Dewey
Graduate Group: Nutritional Biology
Dissertation title: "Infant Feeding and Obesity: Relationships in the Mother-Infant Dyad" (supported by ERS-RIDGE).
Current Occupation: Research Associate, Nutrition Research, FANTA III, FHI360

Andrew Jackie Matchado

Graduation Date: 2019
Major Professor: Kathryn G. Dewey
Graduate Group:  Nutrition
Dissertation title: "Dietary Factors Associated With Child Linear Growth In Rural Malawi."
Current Occupation: Research Manager, Malawi Epidemiology and Intervention Research Unit

Susana L. Matias

Graduation Date: 2008
Major Professor: Kathryn G. Dewey
Graduate Group: Epidemiology
Dissertation title: "The Early Breastfeeding Experience and its Association with Optimal Breastfeeding among Peruvian Mothers" (supported by the Fogarty International Center and the Gifford Center for Population Issues).
Current Occupation: Cooperative Extension Specialist in the Dept of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology (NST), UC Berkeley

Megan McCrory

Graduation Date: 1997
Major Professor: Ken Brown
Graduate Group: Nutrition
Dissertation title: "Energy Balance, Body Composition and Lactation Performance."
Current Occupation: Research Associate Professor, Department of Health Sciences, Boston University

Erin Reid McLean

Graduation Date: 2006
Major Professor: Lindsay H. Allen
Graduate Group: Nutrition
Dissertation title: "Effectiveness of weekly multiple micronutrients vs. two levels of iron supplements to improve anemia, micronutrient status and cognitive performance in Senegalese school children" (supported by The Micronutrient Initiative).
Current Occupation: Senior Nutrition Advisor, Canadian International Development Agency

Concepción Mendoza

Graduation Date: 1997
Major Professor: Kenneth H. Brown
Graduate Group: Nutrition
Dissertation title: "Effects of phytate and calcium levels on iron and zinc absorption from genetically modified maize and a novel food supplement" (supported by the Rockefeller Foundation and the International Atomic Energy Agency).
Current Occupation: Advisor, Cooperative Extension Shasta County, CA

Malay K. Mridha

Graduation Date: 2013
Major Professor: Kathryn G. Dewey
Graduate Group: Nutritional Biology
Dissertation title: "Prevalence and Factors Associated with Depressive Symptoms, Anemia, and Low and High Body Mass Index in Early Pregnancy among Rural Women in North-West Bangladesh."
Current Occupation: Associate Professor, BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Brietta Oaks

Graduation Date: 2014
Major Professor: Kathryn G. Dewey
Graduate Group: Nutritional Biology
Dissertation title: "Nutritional and physiological factors in relation to birth outcomes and the role of a lipid-based nutrient supplement (LNS) in pregnant Ghanaian women" (supported by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.)
Current Occupation: Assistant Professor, Nutrition & food Sciences, University of Rhode Island

Eugenia Maku Ocansey

Graduation Date: 2018
Major Professor: Kathryn G. Dewey
Graduate Group: Nutritional Biology
Dissertation title: "Effects of Prenatal and Postnatal Lipid-based Nutrient Supplementation on Child Development and Physical Activity at Preschool Age in Ghana."
Current Occupation: Nutrition Evaluation Specialist, CDC Foundation, Atlanta, GA

Harriet E. Okronipa

Graduation Date: 2018
Major Professor: Kathryn G. Dewey
Graduate Group: Nutrition
Dissertation title: "Impact of aupplementation with a slightly sweet lipid-based nutrient supplement early in life on sweet taste preference and sweet food and beverage preference or consumption among preschool-aged children in Ghana: A follow-up of a randomized controlled trial."

Current Occupation: Assistant Professor, Nutrition Sciences, Oklahoma State University

Deanna Olney

Graduation Date: 2006
Major Professor: Lindsay H. Allen, Ernesto E. Pollitt
Graduate Group: Nutritional Biology
Dissertation title: "Modeling the effects of anemia, malaria, growth and micronutrient supplementation on development of young Zanzibari children" (supported by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and USAID).
Current Occupation: Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute

Césaire T. Ouédraogo

Graduation Date: 2019
Major Professor: Sonja Hess
Graduate Group: Nutritional Biology
Dissertation title: "Assessment of pregnant women’s nutritional status and impact of multi-level interventions on their antenatal care seeking behavior and iron folic acid adherence in Zinder, Niger(supported by Nutriset SAS).

Current Occupation: Nutrition Research Coordinator, International Rescue Committee,  Bamako, Mali

Peggy Callaghan Papathakis

Graduation Date: 2005
Major Professor: Kenneth H. Brown
Graduate Group: Nutrition
Dissertation title: "Changes in body composition and micronutrient status during lactation in HIV-infected and HIV-uninfected South African women" (supported by Fulbright Scholarship, Welcome Trust).
Current Occupation: Associate Professor, Food Science & Nutrition, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Ana Perez-Exposito

Graduation Date: 2009
Major Professor: Kenneth H. Brown
Graduate Group: Nutrition
Dissertation title: "Community intervention to assess the effects of orange-flesh sweet potatoes and vitamin A supplements on mineral absorption from rice-based meals and intestinal mucosal permeability in vitamin A-depleted Bangladeshi women" (supported by Harvest Plus).
Current Occupation: Social Protection and Health Specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank, Washington DC

Lisa Marie Rogers

Graduation Date: 2000
Major Professor: Lindsay H. Allen
Graduate Group: Nutrition
Dissertation title: "Vitamin B12 status of Guatemalan school children: indicators and predictors of deficiency" (supported by the Thrasher Research Foundation).
Current Occupation: Technical Officer, World Health Organization

Sara Schaefer

Graduation Date: 2005
Major Professor: Marta Van Loan
Graduate Group: Nutrition
Dissertation title: "Association of acculturation and socioeconomic status with health behavior and health status in adolescent females" (supported by the United States Department of Agriculture, IFAFS Grant # 00-52102-9696).
Current Occupation: Associate Director of Educational Programs, Foods for Health Institute, UC Davis

Daniel Sellen

Graduation Date: 1995
Major Professor: Monique Borgerhoff-Mulder
Graduate Group: Ecology
Dissertation title: "The socio-ecology of young child growth among the Datoga pastoralists of Northern Tanzania" (supported by Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, the Leverhulme Trust, the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain, and the LSB Leakey Foundation).
Current Occupation: Professor, Anthropology, University of Toronto

Setareh (Setti) Shahab-Ferdows

Graduation Date: 2008
Major Professor: Lindsay Allen
Graduate Group: Nutritional Biology
Dissertation title: "Randomized placebo-controlled Vitamin B12 supplementation trial in Deficient rural Mexican women: baseline assessment, Transcobalamin genotype and response of biochemical and functional markers to supplementation" (supported by ARS, USDA, WHNRC).
Current Occupation: Nutritionist, Obesity and Metabolism Research Unit, USDA, ARS, WHNRC, Davis

Towfida Jahan Siddiqua

Graduation Date: 2013
Major Professor: Lindsay H. Allen
Graduate Group: Nutritional Biology
Dissertation title: "Vitamin B12 supplementation during pregnancy and lactation in Bangladesh:  Effects on maternal and infant B12 status, breast milk and immune function."
Current Occupation: Assistant Scientist, Nutritional & Clinical Services Division ICDDR,B, Bangladesh

Amna Rehana Siddiqui

Graduation Date: 2006
Major Professor: Ellen B. Gold
Graduate Group: Epidemiology
Dissertation title: "Prenatal exposure to wood fuel and adverse infant birth outcomes" (supported by the National Institutes of Health).
Current Occupation: Head, Epidemiology and Biostatistics Division, The Aga Khan University

Jonathan Siekmann

Graduation Date: 2001
Major Professor: Lindsay H. Allen
Graduate Group: Nutrition
Dissertation title: "Micronutrient deficiencies in Kenyan school children: Impact of food-based interventions, and associations with malaria and antibody titers" (supported by USAID Global Livestock CRSP).
Current Occupation: Lecturer, Biology Dept, City College of San Francisco

Jérôme Winbetourefa Somé

Graduation: 2015
Major Professor: Kenneth H. Brown
Graduate Group: Nutrition
Dissertation title: "Prevalence and factors associated with overweight and obesity among rural and urban women in Burkina Faso."
Current Occupation: In-Country Researcher & Project Lead, Burkina Faso, INDDEX (International Dietary Data Expansion Project)

Beth Carlton Tohill

Graduation Date: 2000
Major Professor: Kathryn G. Dewey
Graduate Group: Nutrition
Dissertation title: "Predictors of postpartum body composition changes and physical activity level in women from three different ethnic groups: Asian, Hispanic and non-Hispanic White" (supported by NIH).
Current Occupation: Epidemiologist in the Division of Reproductive Health, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Tami Turner

Graduation Date: 2012
Major Professor: Betti Burri
Graduate Group: Nutritional Biology
Dissertation title: Pro-vitamin A Carotenoids: Aspects of the Biology, Chemical Analysis, and Utilization of Foods for Improving Public Health
Current Occupation: Principal Scientist, Nutrishzen.com

md Barkat Ullah

Graduation Date: 2020
Major Professor: Kay Dewey
Graduate Group: Nutritional Biology
Dissertation title: "Effect of pre- and postnatal nutritional supplements on childhood illnesses in Bangladesh: a cluster-randomized effectiveness trial."
Current Occupation: Research Scientist, CA Correctional Health Services

Luz Elvia Vera Becerra

Graduation Date: 2012
Major Professor: Lucia L. Kaiser
Graduate Group: Nutritional Biology
Dissertation title: "Childhood Obesity in Mexican-Origin Populations." (Supported by UC MEXUS and Conacyt.)
Current Occupation: Dept. of Medicine and Nutrition, University of Guanajuato, Mexico

Bineti Vitta

Graduation Date: 2010
Major Professor: Kathryn G. Dewey
Graduate Group: Nutritional Biology
Dissertation title: "Causal directions in the relationship between perinatal depressive symptoms and breastfeeding." (Supported by Department of Health and Human Services, Maternal Child Health Branch.)
Current Occupation: UC Berkeley Cameron Institute Director of Career Development for Student Athletes

William E. Watkins

Graduation Date: 1995
Major Professor: Ernesto Pollitt
Graduate Group: Nutrition
Dissertation title: "Effect of intestinal helminths on the nutritional status and cognitive performance of Guatemalan schoolchildren." (Supported by the USAID University Development and Linkage Program.)
Current Occupation: Teacher at St. Timothy's School, Baltimore Maryland

Anne Williams

Graduation Date: 2014
Major Professor: Caroline Chantry
Graduate Group: Nutritional Biology
Dissertation title: "Maternal Diet, Breastmilk Vitamin B12 Concentration, and Infant Feeding in the Context of Food Insecurity and Hunger in East Africa."
Current Occupation: Lecturer, University of Otago, New Zealand

Ryan Wessells

Graduation Date: 2011
Major Professor: Kenneth H. Brown
Graduate Group: Nutritional Biology
Dissertation title: "The effects of short-term zinc supplementation on changes in plasma zinc concentration: two randomized-controlled trials investigating the magnitude and velocity of response, the efficacy of different physical forms of zinc supplements, and relationships with altered intestinal permeability." (Supported by the International Zinc Association, Nutriset S.A.S, the Bristol Myers Squibb Freedom to Discover program, and the Henry A. Jastro Graduate Research Scholarship Award.)
Current Occupation: Assistant Project Scientist, Nutrition Dept, UC Davis

Demewoz Haile Woldegebreal

Graduation Date: 2021
Major Professor: Reina Engle-Stone
Graduate Group: Nutrition
Dissertation title: "Modeling the Potential Impact of Fortification Programs on Dietary Micronutrient Intakes among Young Children and Women of Reproductive Age in Low- and Middle-income Countries: Case Studies from Cameroon and Zambia."
Current Occupation: Research Scientist at IHME (Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation), University of Washington

Sara E. Wuehler

Graduation Date: 2007
Major Professor: Kenneth H. Brown
Graduate Group: Nutrition
Dissertation title: "Estimation of the global risk of zinc deficiency and assessment of the impact of three doses of zinc supplementation, with or without copper, on markers of zinc and copper status, morbidity and growth among young Ecuadorian children." (Supported by USDA, UNICEF, USAID, and FARMA.)
Current Occupation: Senior Technical Advisor, Nutrition International

Elizabeth Yakes

Graduation Date: 2010
Major Professor: Kenneth H. Brown
Graduate Group: Epidemiology
Dissertation title: "Polyunsaturated fatty acid intake and status of breast fed and non-breast fed Bangladeshi children 24-47 months of age." (Supported by Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, Inc. and the HarvestPlus Challenge Program, coordinated by the Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).)
Current Occupation: Research Associate Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics and the Cradle to Career Policy Institute, University of New Mexico /Director of the Nutrition Research Network for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Zhenyu Yang

Graduation Date: 2008
Major Professor: Kathryn G. Dewey
Graduate Group: Nutritional Biology
Dissertation title: "Assessment and prediction of iron status and effects of iron supplementation with vs without a meal on iron, zinc and copper status and markers of oxidative stress." (Supported by Jastro-Shields and USDA/ARS.)
Current Occupation: Research Assistant, Chinese Centers for Disease Control, Beijing, China

Tara Young

Graduation Date: 2008
Major Professor: Francene Steinberg
Graduate Group: Nutritional Biology
Dissertation title: "Gestational diabetes, type 2 diabetes risk and ethnicity: a qualitative and quantitative analysis." (Supported by The Gustavus and Louise Pfeiffer Research Foundation and The California Dietetic Association.)
Current Occupation: No information

Charlotte (Huang) Zhang

Graduation Date: 2013
Major Professor: Ken Brown
Graduate Group: Nutritional Biology
Dissertation: "Post-Absorptive Zinc Metabolism in Weanling Rats Consuming Additional Zinc in the Form of a Supplement or Zinc-Fortified Rice Slurry."
Current Occupation: Adventist Helath Lodi Memorial Hospital, RD, and UC Davis Medical Center, Clinical Dietitian Staff Relief -Adults and Pediatrics, Inpatient and Outpatient

Sarah (Burke) Zyba

Graduation Date: 2017
Major Professor: Kathryn G. Dewey
Graduate Group: Nutritional Biology
Dissertation title: "Whole body, cellular, and molecular changes in healthy men consuming a moderately low zinc diet followed by an adequate zinc diet."
Current Occupation: Professor, Public Health Dept, UC Berkeley