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Center for Human Nutrition


Amanda Palmer

Assistant Scientist
Academic Degrees
Departmental Affiliation
Research and Professional Experience

The broad goal of my research is to improve maternal, infant, and child health in low- and middle-income countries. As we arrive at the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals, there is clear evidence of progress. For example, the global under-five mortality rate has been halved since its 1990 baseline. 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.


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

Honors and Awards

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