Usha Ramakrishnan, PhD
Rollins School of Public Health
Program in Nutrition and Health Sciences, Graduate Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences, Emory University
Dr. Ramakrishnan is an Associate Professor with the Rollins School of Public Health and Program Director, Program in Nutrition and Health Sciences, Graduate Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences at Emory University. Her major area of research is maternal and child nutrition. Dr. Ramakrishnan's specific interests include the functional consequences of micronutrient malnutrition during pregnancy and in young children. She has directed randomized controlled trials to test the benefits of multiple micronutrient supplements during pregnancy and early childhood and has worked to identify strategies to address anemia and iron deficiency in many developing countries.
Currently, Dr. Ramakrishnan is directing a large randomized clinical trial in Mexico that examines the benefits of supplementing pregnant women with the omega 3 fatty acid docosahexanoic acid (DHA) on a range of outcomes including: birth outcomes, immune function, maternal depression and child growth and development during the first 5 years of life. This is the first study being conducted in a developing country setting and is funded by the National Institutes of Health and the March of Dimes Foundation.
Dr. Ramakrishnan's other interests include the role of women's status on child nutrition, improving programmatic approached to reduce public health problems such as low birth weight, early childhood malnutrition and anemia, and examining the long term consequences of childhood malnutrition on reproductive health outcomes as well as on birth weight, child growth and development and human capital formation in the subsequent generation and issues related to women's health and status.
Dr. Ramakrishnan has Master of Science in Foods and Nutrition from the University of Madras and a PhD in International Nutrition from Cornell University. Dr. Ramakrishnan received the Norman Kretchmer Award in 2003 from the American Society of Clinical Nutrition. This award was given to her in recognition of her contributions to the field of nutrition and development