Associate Professor of Global Health, Epidemiology, and Nutrition
Founder, Institute for Nutritional Sciences, Global Health, and Technology
Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University
Saurabh Mehta, M.B.B.S., Sc.D.
Dr. Mehta is a physician with training in infectious disease, nutrition, and epidemiology. The overarching focus of Dr. Mehta's research is to identify, diagnose, and intervene on modifiable risk factors such as nutrition to improve population health with advances in technological innovation an integral component. This is achieved through a combination of active surveillance programs, invention of smartphone diagnostics for nutrition and infection, and randomized controlled trials primarily in resource-limited settings in India, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America. Dr. Mehta is currently the PI on a trial of vitamin D supplementation among patients with TB in South India. Dr. Mehta is also the PI on two large randomized efficacy trials to determine the effect of biofortified crops on nutrition and immune function in infants in the urban slums of Mumbai, India. With Dr. Erickson, Dr. Mehta has also invented the Cornell Nutriphone and FeverPhone to enable point-of-care diagnosis of both nutritional status and certain infections, respectively, using a smartphone.