Research Coordinator, Mehta Research Group
Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University 

Jeanne W Lawless 

Jeanne is a graduate of Cornell University’s Program in International Nutrition.  Her doctoral work involved a randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled iron supplementation trial examining the effect of iron supplements on appetite, food intake, and growth of Kenyan Digo children.  She then conducted an NSF-NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Science and Engineering in the UK where she examined the relationships between diet, ethnicity and health in the multicultural community of East Oxford.  Upon assuming a Lecturer position at Massey University in New Zealand, she was involved in research examining acculturation of Chinese immigrants in relation to the development of Type II diabetes.  Together with colleagues at Massey University she was also involved in the development of several nutrition policy papers on the topics of mandatory fortification with iodine, obesity & type II diabetes, healthy lifestyles for Pacific peoples, and food labeling claims.  She is excited to join the Mehta Research Group to help coordinate the various Global Health, Diagnostics, Epidemiology and Nutrition research projects, as well as become involved in both research and teaching endeavors with the group.