Graduate Students

 SaSarah Dumasrah Dumas

I am interested in understanding how people in rural, resource-poor communities can sustainably produce their own animal source foods (ASF, including meat, milk, and eggs) in order to increase its consumption among children at high risk of chronic undernutrition. After a successful pilot project, I am currently testing the impact of 24 small-scale, community-operated egg production facilities on the egg consumption and growth of children in the Luangwa Valley, Zambia in collaboration with Community Markets for Conservation (COMACO). My research is positioned at the intersection of human, animal, and ecosystem health, a concept termed “One Health.”

Education D.V.M. (2012) Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ithaca NY
B.A. (2006) Biology, Pomona College, Claremont CA
Collaborators CARE Zambia, Community Markets for Conservation (COMACO,
Keywords IYCF, community capacity building, One Health
Methods Community-engaged interventions

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My current work is in collaboration with Zvitambo project and explores the feasibility and acceptability of a water sanitation intervention within the first 1000 days of life (Baby WASH). I am also working on a project that seek to strengthen Capacity to deliver nutrition interventions in Tanzania as part of the scaling up nutrition initiative.  My overarching interest lies in understanding the individual and combined effects of WASH, food security and nutrition interventions on early childhood development and under nutrition, and how multidisciplinary approaches can solve nutrition challenges.

Education B.Sc. Nutrition, University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe
Collaborators Zvitambo, CARE Zambia
Keywords Baby WASH, Community Capacity Building, Caregiver Capabilities
Methods Community-engaged interventions

Ibukun Owoputi

I am interested in implementation research and program evaluation for maternal and child nutrition programs. I am also interested in the impact of women’s empowerment on childhood nutrition and the use of participatory research methods. I am currently working on the ASTUTE (Addressing Stunting in Tanzania Early) project.

M.S. Food Policy and Applied Nutrition, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Boston, MA
B.S. Nutrition, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Collaborators DFID, IMA Word Health, DMI
Keywords Caregiver Capabilities, Women’s Empowerment, IYCF
Methods Participatory Research, Mixed Methods

Anthony Wenndt

I am interested in the biology and ecology of toxigenic fungi, and the implications of mycotoxin contamination in staple crops for food security and nutrition. I am a TCI Scholar with the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition, where I am investigating the utility of Participatory Action Research (PAR)-guided interventions in mitigating the mycotoxin burden in Indian village food systems.

B.A. (2015) Biology, Grinnell College, Iowa, USA
B.A. (2015) Russian Language, Grinnell College, Iowa, USA
Interdisciplinary Concentration (2015), Global Development Studies, Grinnell College, Iowa, USA
Tata-Cornell Institute
Keywords Mycotoxins, India, Plant Pathology
Methods Participatory Action Research

Student Research Assistants

The CENTIR Group has had additional support from the exceptional group of students listed below.

Name and Class Year Project Supported
Irene Bae, Class of 2018 Breastfeeding and Maternal Nutrition in South Asia
Camille Chan, Class of 2019 Breastfeeding and Maternal Nutrition in South Asia
Kristiana Dickhut, Class of 2017 MICa Prenatal Supplementation
Kalin Ellison, Class of 2019 MICa Prenatal Supplementation
Kukunda Kakagina, Class of 2015 MICa Prenatal Supplementation
Terry LiClass of 2017 MICa Qualitative Research
Erin MulvihillClass of 2018 Breastfeeding and Maternal Nutrition in South Asia
Salma Mutwafy, Class of 2017 MICa Prenatal Supplementation
Olivia Olson, Class of 2016 SUN Tanzania project
Kathryn Shanelle Quizon, Class of 2018 Breastfeeding and Maternal Nutrition in South Asia
Natalie RosseauClass of 2016 MICa Qualitative Research
Rie SeuClass of 2017 One Health for Babies and Livestock
Kelsey SklarClass of 2017 MICa Qualitative Research
Hiwet Tzehaie, Class of 2018 MICa Qualitative Research
Athena WongClass of 2019 MICa Qualitative Research