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Laura E. Murray-Kolb, PhD

  • Assistant Professor - Adjunct

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Center & Institute Affiliations

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219 Chandlee Laboratory
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, Pennsylvania 16802


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PhD, The Pennsylvania State University, 2003
MS, The Pennsylvania State University, 1998

Honors and Awards

2016 Norman Kretchmer Memorial Award for Outstanding Research in Nutrition and Development, ASN

2015 Teaching Excellence Award, Penn State

2014 Teaching Excellence Award, Penn State

2013 Teaching Excellence Award, Penn State

2013 Outstanding Nutrition Alumni Award, Penn State

2008 Johns Hopkins Faculty Innovation Award

2007 The Dannon Institute’s Nutrition Leadership Institute

2006 International Society on Infant Studies Early Career Award

2006 Penn State Psychology Department Faris Award

2004 Kellogg Prize for International Nutrition: Finalist

2003 Penn State College of Health and Human Development Hintz Graduate Education Enhancement Award

2002-2003 Penn State College of Health and Human Development Kligman Graduate Fellowship Award

2002 Penn State College of Health and Human Development Hintz Graduate Education Enhancement Award

2001 Penn State Graduate Program in Nutrition Competitive Research Award

  • Micronutrient deficiencies (assessment, causes, neurocognitive/neurophysiological/behavioral consequences, prevention)
  • child development
  • maternal and child interaction
  • iron
  • anemia
  • international health

Selected publications from the past 4 years:

  • Oriá RB, Murray-Kolb LE, Rasmussen Z, Scharf R, Koling G, Guerrant RL. Early-life enteric infections: Relation between chronic systemic inflammation and poor cognition in children. Nutr Rev. (2016) May 3. pii: nuw008. [Epub ahead of print].
  • Scott SP and Murray-Kolb LE. Iron status is associated with performance on executive function tasks in nonanemic young women. J Nutr (2016) 146:30-7.
  • Murray-Kolb LE, Rasmussen ZA, Scharf RJ, Rasheed MA, Svensen E, Seidman JC, Tofail F, Koshy B, Shrestha R, Maphula A, Vasquez AO, da Costa HP, Yousafzai AK, Oria RB, Roshan R, Bayyo EB, Kosek M, Shrestha S, Schaefer BA, Bessong P, Ahmed T, Lang D; MAL-ED Network Investigators. The MAL-ED Cohort Study: Methods and lessons learned when assessing early child development and caregiving mediators in infants and young children in 8 low- and middle-income countries. Clin Infect Dis (2014) 59 Suppl 4:S261-72.
  • Pendergast LL, Scharf RJ, Rasmussen ZA, Seidman JC, Schaefer BA, Svensen E, Tofail F, Koshy B, Kosek M, Rasheed MA, Roshan R, Maphula A, Shrestha R, Murray-Kolb LE; MAL-ED Network Investigators. Postpartum depressive symptoms across time and place: structural invariance of the Self-Reporting Questionnaire among women from the international, multi-site MAL-ED study. J Affect Disord (2014) 167:178-86.
  • McClung JP and Murray-Kolb LE. Iron nutrition and premenopausal women: Effects of poor iron status on neuropsychological and physical performance. Annu Rev Nutr (2013) 33:271-88.