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Andrew L. Thorne-Lyman, ScD

  • Associate Scientist

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615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E2545
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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ScD, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, 2013
MHS, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 1997
BA, Pomona College, 1995


I began my international career working in Nepal and Bangladesh as a nutritional anthropologist and NGO worker, doing research on dietary practices in pregnancy and lactation—this work then grew into an appreciation for the important role that nutrition can play in improving pregnancy outcomes and child health. I worked for many years as a nutritionist in the U.N. World Food Programme doing nutrition surveys in many humanitarian emergencies, developing M&E systems for child feeding programs, and working on issues related to nutrition and HIV. After about a decade of work I returned to do my PhD in Nutrition with a focus on Nutritional Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health, where I focused on acquiring the skills needed to undertake rigorous studies to explore relationships between nutritional exposures and pregnancy, health and child development outcomes. At Harvard I did a year-long Fellowship at the Center on the Developing Child to learn about child development, and I continue to do research on the links between nutrition in pregnancy and early childhood and links to child development.

I am currently undertaking research as part of the USAID funded Feed the Future Nutrition Innovation Lab using data from a national nutrition surveillance system to improve our understanding of the links between agriculture and nutritional outcomes. I do research with the JiVitA project in Bangladesh on issues related to micronutrients, nutrition in pregnancy, developmental origins of health and disease. I am working with researchers from Tufts University, Tribhuvhan University in Nepal, and University of Bergen Norway on a project to adapt the Ages & Stages questionnaire, a child development assessment tool to a Nepali context and to understand links between animal source food production and consumption and child development in Nepal. I collaborate with WorldFish, an agricultural research organization, on research related to aquaculture, fisheries and Nutrition in Bangladesh and the Solomon Islands. I also collaborate with researchers as part of the Global Burden of Disease project and have an Adjunct Lecturer position in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


In 2017 I will co-teach International Nutrition at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


Sc.D. in Nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston MA

M.H.S. in International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD

B.A. in Anthropology, Pomona College, Claremont, CA

Honors and Awards

Richmond Fellowship at the Center on Child Development at Harvard University, 2011

Harvard University Certificate of Distinction for Teaching at Harvard College, 2010

Peipers Fellowship, Harvard School of Public Health, 2009

Delta Omega Honor Society, Johns Hopkins University Chapter, 1997

NCAA Academic All-American, 1993-4

  • Nutrition
  • Micronutrients
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin K
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Developmental origins
  • child development
  • Food Security
  • agriculture
  • Fish
  • Aquaculture
  • Nepal
  • Bangladesh
  • Solomon Islands

Selected publications from the past few years

  • Thorne-Lyman AL, Valpiani N, Sun K, Semba RD, Klotz C, Kraemer K, Akter N, de Pee S, Moench- Pfanner R, Sari M, Bloem MW. (2010) Dietary diversity and household food expenditures are closely linked in rural Bangladesh. Journal of Nutrition, 140(1):182S-8S.
  • Thorne-Lyman AL, Spiegelman D, Fawzi WW. (2014) Is the strength of association between indicators of dietary quality and the nutritional status of children being underestimated? Maternal & Child Nutrition. Vol 10(1), pp. 159-160.
  • Thorne-Lyman AL and Fawzi WW (2012) Vitamin D during pregnancy and maternal and infant health outcomes: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology. Suppl 1:75-90.
  • Valpiani N, Thorne-Lyman AL, de Pee S, Godfrey S, Gentilini U, Bloem MW. (2008) Proposed strategies for mitigating the impact of high food prices on nutrition and health in Latin America and the Caribbean. CAB Reviews: Perspectives in Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Nutrition and Natural Resources. 3(81):1-12.
  • Thilsted, S. H., Thorne-Lyman, A., Webb, P., Bogard, J. R., Subasinghe, R., Phillips, M. J., & Allison, E. H. (2016). Sustaining healthy diets: The role of capture fisheries and aquaculture for improving nutrition in the post-2015 era. Food Policy, 61, 126-131.