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Center for Human Nutrition


Laura Murray-Kolb

Assistant Professor
Academic Degrees
PhD, 2003; MS, 1998, Penn State University
Departmental Affiliation
International Health
Departmental Address
615 North Wolfe Street, W2041
Baltimore, MD 21205
Phone: 814-863-7132
Fax: 814-863-6103
Research and Professional Experience


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

Honors and Awards

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

Selected Publications

Murray-Kolb LE, Khatry SK, Katz J, Schaefer BA, Cole PM, LeClerq SC, Morgan ME, Tielsch JM, Christian P. Preschool micronutrient supplementation effects on intellectual and motor function in school-aged Nepalese children. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. (2012) 166:404-10.

Pemberton R, Bass CK, Moore AJ, Murray-Kolb L, Tan PZ, Gilmore RO, Buss KA, Cole PM, Teti LO. Let Me Go: The Influences of Crawling Experience and Temperament on the Development of Anger Expression. Infancy. (2011) doi: 10.1111/j.1532-7078.2011.00092.

Christian P, Morgan ME, Murray-Kolb L, LeClerq SC, Khatry SK, Schaefer B, Cole PM, Katz J, Tielsch JM. Preschool iron-folic acid and zinc supplementation in children exposed to iron-folic acid in utero confers no added cognitive benefit in early school-age. J Nutr. (2011) 141:2042-8.

Murray-Kolb LE. Iron status and neuropsychological consequences in women of reproductive age: what do we know and where are we headed? J Nutr. (2011) 141:747S-755S.

Christian P, Murray-Kolb LE, Khatry SK, Katz J, Schaefer BA, Cole PM, Leclerq SC, Tielsch JM. Prenatal micronutrient supplementation and intellectual and motor function in early school-aged children in Nepal. JAMA. (2010) 304:2716-23.

Osendarp SJ, Murray-Kolb LE, Black MM. Case study on iron in mental development--in memory of John Beard (1947-2009). Nutr Rev. (2010) 68 Suppl 1:S48-52.

Murray-Kolb LE and Beard JL. Iron deficiency and child and maternal health. AJCN (2009) 89:946S-950S.

Grieger JA, Haas JD, Murray-Kolb LE, Kris-Etherton P, Beard JL. Nutrient adequacy and food group consumption in Filipino women. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. (2008) 17:566-72.

BeLue R, Schreiner AS, Taylor-Richardson K, Murray-Kolb LE, Beard JL. What matters most: an investigation of predictors of perceived stress among young mothers in Khayelitsha. Health Care Women Int. (2008) 6:638-648.

Beard JL, Murray-Kolb LE, Haas JD, Lawrence F. Iron absorption prediction equations lack agreement and underestimate iron absorption. J Nutr (2007) 137:1741-1746.

Murray-Kolb LE and Beard JL. Iron treatment normalizes cognitive functioning in young adult women. AJCN (2007) 85:778-787.

Beard JL, Murray-Kolb LE, Lawrence F, Felix A, del Mundo A, Haas JD. Variation in the diets of Filipino women over 9 months of continuous observation. Food Nutr Bull (2007) 28:206-214.

Beard JL, Murray-Kolb LE, Haas JD, Lawrence F. Iron absorption: comparison of prediction equations and reality. Results from a feeding trial in the Philippines. Int J Vitam Nutr Res (2007) 77:199-204.

Unger EL, Paul T, Murray-Kolb LE, Felt B, Jones BC, Beard JL. Early iron deficiency alters sensorimotor development and brain monoamines in rats. J Nutr (2007) 137:118-124.

Beard JL, Murray-Kolb LE, Rosales F, Solomons NW, Angelilli ML. Interpretation of serum ferritin concentrations as indicators of total-body iron stores in survey populations: the role of biomarkers for the acute phase response. AJCN (2006) 84:1498-1505.

Burhans MS, Dailey C, Wiesinger J, Murray-Kolb LE, Jones BC, Beard JL. Iron deficiency affects acoustic startle response and latency, but not prepulse inhibition in young adult rats. Physiol Behav (2006) 87:917-924.

Haas JD, Beard JL, Murray-Kolb LE, del Mundo A, Felix A, Gregorio G. Iron-biofortified rice improves iron stores of non-anemic Filipino women. J Nutr (2005) 135:2823-2830.

Perez EM, Hendricks MK, Beard JL, Murray-Kolb LE, Berg A, Tomlinson M, Irlam J, Isaacs W, Njengele T, Sive A, Vernon-Feagans L. Mother-infant interactions and infant development are altered by maternal iron deficiency anemia. J Nutr (2005) 135:850-855.

Beard JL, Hendricks MK, Perez EM, Murray-Kolb LE, Berg A, Vernon-Feagans L, Irlam J, Isaacs W, Sive A, Tomlinson M. Maternal iron deficiency anemia affects postpartum emotions and cognition. J Nutr (2005) 135:267-272.

Burhans MS, Dailey C, Beard Z, Wiesinger J, Murray-Kolb L, Jones BC, Beard JL. Iron deficiency: Differential effects on monoamine transporters. Nutritional Neuroscience (2005) 8:31-38.

Schümann K, Romero-Abal ME, Mäurer A, Luck T, Beard J, Murray-Kolb L, Bulux J, Mena I, Solomons NW. Haematological response to haem iron or ferrous sulphate mixed with refried black beans in moderately anaemic Guatemalan pre-school children. Public Health Nutrition (2005) 8:572-581.

Corwin EJ, Murray-Kolb LE, Beard JL. Low hemoglobin level is a risk factor for postpartum depression. J Nutr (2003) 133:4139-4142.

Murray-Kolb LE, Welch R, Theil EC, Beard JL. Women with low iron stores absorb iron from soybeans. AJCN (2003) 77:180-184.

Derstine JL, Murray-Kolb LE, Yu-Poth S, Hargrove RL, Kris-Etherton PM, Beard JL. Iron status in association with cardiovascular disease risk in three controlled feeding studies. AJCN (2003) 77:56-62.

Murray-Kolb LE, Takaiwa F, Goto F, Yoshihara T, Theil EC, Beard JL. Transgenic rice is a source of iron for iron-depleted rats. J Nutr (2002) 132:957-960.

Murray-Kolb LE, Beard JL, Joseph LJ, Davey SL, Evans WJ, Campbell WW. Resistance training affects iron status in older men and women. IJSN (2001) 11:287-298.

Picciano MF, Smiciklas-Wright H, Birch LL, Mitchell DC, Murray-Kolb L, McConahy KL. Nutritional guidance is needed during dietary transition in early childhood. Pediatrics (2000) 106: 109-114.