|Sera L. Young
Assistant Professor, Northwestern University, Department of Anthropology and Institute for Policy Research
Adjunct Curator, The Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL
B.A. Anthropology, University of Michigan
B.A. Anthropology, Ithaca College
I am passionate about biocultural approaches to anthropological investigations of human health. I am interested in developing collaborative and interdisciplinary programs which provide support for low-income breastfeeding mothers in urban centers. My research interests include: infant and child development; maternal-child nutrition; breastfeeding; human health disparities; inequities in resource distribution; and structural violence.
D.V.M. Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
B.A. Anthropology, Maseno University, Kenya
M.A. Social Anthropology, York University
Director and Co-Founder of Partners in Community Transformation (PCT), Pamoja Community-Based Organization and Kit-Makayi Technical Training Institute, Kenya
Both as a medical and developmental anthropologist, Patrick has a wealth of knowledge and experience in project design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, community organizing, community HIV/AIDS programming and sustainable livelihoods projects. His research interests include politics of development in the global South, maternal and child health, mental health, information technology for development, and community participation in research.
B.S. Dietetics, University of Texas, Austin
M.S. Food Policy and Applied Nutrition, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University
My dissertation research explores the role of intra-household gender equality, especially on household decision-making and task division, in ensuring optimum resource (both time and economic) allocation for child nutrition. This research is part of Singida Nutrition and Agroecology Project (SNAP), a participatory research project engaging farmers in Singida, Tanzania in sustainable agriculture practices (Agroecology), nutrition, and gender roles. My hope is to have this work inform future impact evaluations of nutrition policies and programs.
B.S./RD Nutritional Sciences, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
MPH Tulane University, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
I am a public health dietitian interested in maternal and child nutrition in low-resource settings. Currently, I work with Dr. Young’s Pith Moromo/Pii Ngima research study in Kenya. Previously, I worked as a research study coordinator for Dr. Young’s PostNAPS research study in Gulu, Uganda. My research interests include maternal and child health and food and water insecurity.
B.S. Human Biology, Health & Society, Cornell University
With a passion for policy-driven maternal and child health research, I assist with the various projects that Dr. Young oversees. As a research coordinator, I manage, clean, and analyze data while helping to ensure the proper implementation of study protocol through regular monitoring and evaluation. Broadly, my interests include water (in)security, food (in)security, and their intersections as well as interactions.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition, Northwestern University
B.A. Sociology and Psychology, University of Ghana
My background is in Sociology with a specialization in Work, Occupations, and Professions. I have also engaged in research on International development with a focus on maternal health care, women’s empowerment, and food insecurity. More specifically, I have examined individual and structural factors affecting near-miss cases in Ghana and the predictors of access to antenatal and postnatal services in different African countries. At Cornell, I work with the Young Research Group on Maternal and Child Nutrition focusing on the Kenyan birth cohort study. Three questions drive my research: (1) how do maternal food insecurity and malnutrition affect fetal development, and how does this relationship vary by HIV serostatus (2) what are the effects of food and nutritional insecurity on the physical and mental well-being of HIV positive and negative women (3) does fetal malnourishment affect postnatal growth and susceptibility to non-communicable diseases. Find out more about my work here and here.
Post-Doctoral Associate, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, with Ruth Richardson and Sera Young
B.S. Environmental Biology/Microbiology, Michigan State University
Broadly, my research studies how fecal pollution in aquatic environments can affect the environment and public health. I am also interested in the analysis and design of new technologies to reduce fecal pollution in potable water supplies. Previously, I investigated how the persistence of genetic markers from fecal indicators in water samples were influenced by storage duration, temperature, and storage in liquid form or attached to a solid matrix. I also examined how historical concentrations of fecal indicators in sediment cores from the Lake St. Clair watershed, Michigan, were correlated to historical measurements of the human population, nutrient loading, river discharge, and air temperature.At Cornell, I will be investigating how the quality of drinking water affects the health outcomes of participants in the study cohort in Kenya. Specifically, I will be designing a molecular method to analyze for the presence and quantity of pathogens in water samples slated for household use.