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Amanda C. Palmer, PhD

  • Assistant Professor

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615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E2608
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2011
MHS, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2006
BA, University of Chicago, 1998


The broad goal of my research is to improve maternal, infant, and child health in low- and middle-income countries. There have been tremendous improvements in child survival over the past quarter of a century. Where we have seen the most marked improvements, deaths are increasingly concentrated during the neonatal period, requiring greater consideration of the maternal/infant dyad. In areas that have failed to meet child survival goals, there is a continued need for new public health strategies, scale-up of evidence-based interventions, implementation research, and adequate monitoring. My research spans this full spectrum—focusing primarily on nutrition as the major underlying cause of child deaths—including: a) mechanistic work regarding the complex interplay between nutrition and immune function, b) evaluating public health interventions, and c) informing public health policies and programs for mothers, infants, and children.

Honors and Awards

2020     Recognition for Excellence in Teaching, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

2018     Recognition for Excellence in Teaching, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

2011     American Society for Nutrition - Student Prize Finalist          

2010     Harry D. Kruse Publication Award in Human Nutrition

2008     Procter and Gamble Doctoral Fellowship

2008     Student Assembly Teaching Assistant Recognition Award

2006     Academic Achievement Award, Program in Human Nutrition

  • international nutrition
  • vitamin A
  • biofortification
  • supplementation
  • developmental programming
  • immune function
  • child survival

Selected first author publications

  • Palmer AC, Schulze KJ, Khatry SK, West KP. Prenatal and childhood exposures are associated with thymulin concentrations in young adolescent children in rural Nepal. J Dev Orig Health Dis 2019:1-9.
  • Palmer AC, Chileshe J, Hall AG, Barffour MA, Molobeka N, West Jr KP, Haskell MJ. Short-term daily consumption of provitamin A carotenoid biofortified maize has limited impact on breast milk retinol concentration among Zambian women enrolled in a randomized controlled feeding trial. J Nutr 2016; 146(9):1783-1792.
  • Palmer AC, Siamusantu W, Chileshe J, Schulze KJ, Barffour M, Craft NE, Molobeka N, Kalungwana N, Arguello MA, Mitra M, Caswell B, Klemm RD, West KP Jr. Provitamin A-biofortified maize increases serum beta-carotene, but not retinol, in marginally nourished children: a cluster-randomized trial in rural Zambia. Am J Clin Nutr. 2016 Jul;104(1):181-90.
  • Palmer AC, West Jr KP, Dalmiya N, Schultink W. The use and interpretation of serum retinol distributions in evaluating the public health impact of vitamin A programs. Public Health Nutr 2012; 15(7):1201-1215.
  • Palmer AC. Nutritionally mediated programming of the developing immune system. Adv Nutr 2011; 2(5):377-395.