Who We Are

Tufts University

The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University was established in 1981 with the mission of bringing together biomedical, social, political, and behavioral scientists to conduct research, educational, and community-service programs to improve the nutritional health and well-being of populations throughout the world.

Principal Investigator

Dr. Webb is the Alexander McFarlane Professor of Nutrition at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. As Chief of Nutrition in World Food Programme (2003-2006), he oversaw programs in 30 countries and played a key role in organizing response to food and nutrition needs in many emergencies. This underscores Prof. Webb’s globally recognized leadership in defining policies and actions relevant to food aid. Prof. Webb is also the Director of the Nutrition Innovation Lab, which generates empirical findings relevant to USAID programming in agriculture, health, and nutrition. Oxfam Great Britain and Tufts to increase the use of evidence-based research in humanitarian policy and practice. That activity produces systematic reviews of topics on humanitarian action. Prof. Webb was one of the core authors in the 2013 Maternal and Child Health Lancet Series.

Co-Principal Investigator

Dr. Rogers is Professor of Economics and Food Policy and Director of the Food Policy and Applied Nutrition Program at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, where she has been on the faculty since 1982. Prof. Rogers has over 30 years of experience promoting evidence-based policy and programs related to food security, food consumption, and nutrition in the developing world.

Project Manager

Lindsey graduated from Brandeis University with an M.A. in Sustainable International Development. Formerly she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer from 2010 to 2012 in The Gambia supporting community health initiatives, a program coordinator for service learning programs at Dartmouth College, and an intern with Pathfinder International and Mercy Corps in Tajikistan. Lindsey holds a B.A. in International Relations from Beloit College. 

Senior Research Specialist

Dr. Rosenberg is a university professor in nutrition and medicine at Tufts and Senior Scientist at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA). Formerly Dr. Rosenberg served as Dean of the Friedman School and as the Director of HNRCA. An internationally recognized leader in nutrition science, Dr. Rosenberg has been involved in nutrition and food policy issues ranging from dietary guidelines and reference intakes to international nutrition recommendations.

Cost Specialist/Data Analyst

Ye leads the FAQR cost-effectiveness work stream, and she is part of the Data Team for FAQR field research in Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone. Ye graduated from Johns Hopkins with a MSPH in International Health-Human Nutrition and a certificate in Public Health Economics. Prior to FAQR, she has contributed to GIS mixed methods research on food environment of the American Indian Reservations, and has worked on issues related to breastfeeding at the World Health Organization. Ye has a B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University.

Data Analyst

Breanne holds an M.P.H. degree in Global Health from Boston University. Her background includes statistical programming, mobile data collection, qualitative research, and spatial analysis. Prior to FAQR, she has worked in Emergency Medicine research, with the Saving Newborn Lives project in Ethiopia, and on a Refugee Resettlement project. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the first health sector program in Ethiopia from 2007 - 2009.

Biostatistician

Ken is an assistant professor at the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine of Tufts Medical School. He graduated from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy of Tufts University with a Ph.D. in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition. Ken’s research interests include promoting physical activities and healthy diets among children and older adults.

Data Manager

Devika has been involved in global nutrition research covering topics such as maternal and child health in developing countries, development and testing of supplementary foods for the prevention and treatment of child malnutrition, and addressing malnutrition through evidence-based policy, programs and innovative food products. She holds an MS in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition and MPH with a focus in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Tufts University. 

Field Research Director (Burkina Faso), Data Analyst

Ilana has a MPH in Global Health from Emory University, and a B.S. in Neuroscience from the College of William and Mary. She was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Burkina Faso from 2008-2010, and has previously worked for CARE, the CDC, and the Carter Center.

Field Research Manager (Sierra Leone)

Stacy is a recent graduate from the T. H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University where she earned her M.S. in Global Health and Population with a concentration in Nutrition. Prior to joining the FAQR team, she worked with various organizations in different contexts, most recently at the University Research Company on the USAID-funded TRAction Project, a maternal health focused implementation research project. Stacy also holds B.A.s in Economics and African Studies from Boston University.

Senior Research Assistant

Akriti is Senior Research Assistant on the Food Aid Quality Review (FAQR) body composition and environmental enteric dysfunction sub-studies in Sierra Leone. Prior to joining FAQR, Akriti worked for  Suaahara , an integrated nutrition project in Nepal. In her role with  Suaahara , Akriti was responsible for planning and designing nutrition interventions and engaged in a number of project-related research efforts. Akriti has also served as Program Manager of the Global Health Concentration at Yale School of Public Health. 

Communications Research Assistant

Liz is a second year MS student in the Nutrition Interventions, Communications, and Behavior Change program at Tufts University's Friedman School. Liz received her BS from Union College in 2017, with a major in Psychology and minor in Sociology. During her time at Union, Liz served as the Website Coordinator for her college's chapter of Psi Chi International Honor Society. Her previous experiences also include a clinical internship at Pathways Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and an assistant role in a Body Image, Weight, and Eating Disorder research lab.

Communications Research Assistant

Alexis Babaian is a graduate student at the Friedman School exploring economic impact, communications, and operations for humanitarian assistance and international nutrition programming. She comes to Friedman and the FAQR team with a background in event production and non-profit communications working in Boston, North Carolina, and New York. Alexis has a dual BAS in economics and international affairs from Northeastern University and passions for improving food access and food systems fuels her dedication to graduate studies. 

REFINE Research Assistant

Ayten is a first-year M.S./R.D. candidate in the Food Policy and Applied Nutrition program at Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Her concentrations are in both nutrition interventions (design, operation, and management) and clinical dietetics. She holds a B.S. in Neuroscience and Psychology from Duke University, and has a combined decade of research in both cellular neuropharmacology and clinical medical device studies.

Senior Food Technologist

Quentin provides consulting services to UN agencies, national donor aid agencies and international NGOs on staple food fortification. He is the Coordinator of the Technical Training and Support Group of the Food Fortification Initiative, an international network of private sector industry, public sector and civic sectors promoting staple cereal food fortification worldwide.

Senior Economist/ Cost Specialist

Dr. Vosti's current research focuses on the economics of maternal and early childhood undernutrition, with particular focus on developing and using bioeconomic models to improve the efficiency of national and subnational strategies for addressing micronutrient deficiencies in developing countries.  He received his PhD in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Rockefeller Foundation in Brazil, and a Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute.   

Current Partners

Caritas Bo

Caritas Bo’s mission is to eradicate extreme poverty, promote social justice, and restore human dignity. Caritas Bo is a chapter of Caritas Sierra Leone, the relief and development wing of the Catholic Church in Sierra Leone. Caritas Bo is currently Managing the Field Survey component of the FAQR Phase III Four Foods Study in Pujehun District, Sierra Leone. 

Memuna holds Master of Science degrees in Food Safety and Control from London South Bank University (LSBU) and Nutrition and Dietetics from Njala University, Sierra Leone. Memuna has aided and led national studies in maternal and child health, nutrition, and food security. In 2013, she co-managed the FAQR Phase II field data collection in the Kenema District of Sierra Leone. She is currently the Lead Offeror for the FAQR Phase III Four Foods Study in Pujehun District, Sierra Leone. 

David is the Executive Director of Caritas Bo and the Grant Manager for the FAQR Phase III Four Foods Study. David holds Masters degrees in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom and in Educational Administration from the University of Sierra Leone with a Diploma in Social Work. 

Global Food & Nutrition

Global Food & Nutrition Inc. is a consulting firm working to protect food systems and bring enhanced, diversified foods to consumers, improving their nutrition and food security, helping individuals thrive and creating healthy families and communities.

Dr. Schlossman heads Global Food and Nutrition, which provides consulting services on global food and nutrition issues, markets, programs and policy. She is experienced in the full spectrum of food and nutrition, from programs and policy to physiological and scientific aspects and market analysis. She also directs overall strategy and provides technical assistance, research, evaluation, marketing and training services to private and public sector clients. Dr. Schlossman has worked in Africa, Asia, the Former Soviet Union, South and Central America, and is fluent in English, French, Spanish and German. Dr. Schlossman holds a Doctorate in International Nutrition from the Tufts University School of Nutrition Science and Policy and a Masters of Science in Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism and in International Food and Nutrition Policy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Mandy Bridges is in charge of GFN's marketing programs, brand management, and expanding the agriculture industry's reach through targeted marketing and messaging. Before joining Global Food and Nutrition Inc. Mandy Bridges served as Director to four companies before starting her own positioning and branding firm. She works hand in hand with communities to develop and test consumer solutions by conducting consumer and market surveys to determine acceptability of food products and implementing behavioral change programs to promote food diversity with high nutrition value.

Northeastern University

Northeastern University helps to provide technical support on supply chain optimization and cost modeling. Northeastern will work on developing models that consider the entire value-chain for food assistance programs as a “system”, developing simulations that help to assess the effectiveness and impact of FAQR recommendations relating to multiple food aid emergency scenarios, and developing data-driven decision aid tools to quantify the impact of key supply chain decisions in the context of food safety, nutrient stability, product quality and cost effectiveness.

Prof. Egun has worked with food aid, supply chain design and optimization and emergency response projects with a variety of organizations including UN WFP, UNHCR, and FEMA. As the Supply Chain Specialist, she focuses on mathematical modeling and analytics to aid decision making on what, where, how, and to whom to deliver food aid. Prof. Ergun received a Ph.D. in Operations Research from MIT.

Keziban is a graduate student in Industrial and Mechanical Engineering Department at Northeastern University. She holds a M.S. in Operations Research from Northeastern University and a B.S. in Mathematics from Yildiz Technical University in Turkey. Her bachelor’s thesis explored the topic of close loop supply chain.

Project Peanut Butter

Project Peanut Butter (PPB) is a local non-governmental organization providing programmatic and humanitarian assistance to malnourished children and pregnant women in Sierra Leone. All PPB ready-to-use therapeutic food aid products are produced locally on a cost recovery basis. PPB currently provides their supplementary food aid products and runs the feeding program for the moderate acute malnutrition cost effectiveness study in the Pujehun District.

Washington University, St. Louis

During FAQR Phase II, Tufts partnered with Wash U, School of Medicine to assess effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of foods for treatment of MAM. In FAQR Phase III, Wash U’s responsibilities include assistance with site selection, coordination with in-country collaborators, and start-up and implementation of research. Wash U provides expertise in protocol development and leadership in the implementation of the clinical aspects of the study. Wash U works closely with Tufts to provide expertise in protocol development for the three sub-studies.

Dr. Mark Manary is an expert in food aid products and treatment of childhood malnutrition in sub-Saharan Africa.  He conducted the first clinical trial on ready-to-use therapeutic food in 2001, and developed multiple local formulations of paste-based food aid products.  He has looked extensively at gut health in African children, developing diagnostic tests for enteropathy.  As a food producer through his NGO, Project Peanut Butter, he understands quality control and supply chain issues. As the co-investigator for the treatment study for FAQR III, Dr. Manary will direct the clinical comparison of 4 commonly used supplementary foods. 

Past Partners

ACDI/VOCA

ACDI/VOCA is an economic development organization that fosters broad-based economic growth, raises living standards, and creates vibrant communities. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA has worked in 146 countries since 1963. Its practice areas are catalyzing investment, climate smart agriculture, empowerment and resilience, institutional strengthening, and market systems. In Burkina Faso, ACDI/VOCA manages the USAID Title II funded Victory against Malnutrition (ViM) Project.

Institut de Recherche en Sciences de la Santé

IRSS is the national health sciences research institute in Burkina Faso. During FAQR Phase II, Tufts subcontracted with IRSS to contribute in the research protocol and data tools design, to assure the field team training, to collect child anthropometrics and morbidity data at monthly food distribution sites as well as to conduct interviews and focus groups. IRSS was also responsible for monitoring data quality and collecting water and porridge samples for lab testing.

Laetitia holds an M.D. from the University of Ouagadougou and a Master’s degree in public health and health program management from the University of Paris VI, a master degree in Biostatistics from the University of Bordeaux. Currently she is pursuing a Ph.D. in public Health at Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium. From 2002 to 2012, she served as senior researcher at IRSS. She has over ten years’ experience coordinating research projects in public health nutrition, micronutrients, maternal and child nutrition, nutrition and HIV, nutritional transition, food security.

Save the Children

Save the Children is an international non-governmental organization that promotes children's rights, provides relief and helps support children in developing countries. Along with ACDI/VOCA, SAVE supports FAQR’s research study in Burkina Faso by managing commodity transport, providing on-site commodity management and oversight of the food distribution, and contributing to search dissemination. ACDI/VOCA and SAVE field staff will also accompany FAQR's Field Research Director to local stakeholder meetings and other in-country collaborators.