Ellen Demerath
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Division of Epidemiology & Community Health
1300 2nd Street S, Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN 55455
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United States

Ellen W. Demerath, PhD

Professor, Division of Epidemiology & Community Health


Affiliate Faculty, Center for Neurobehavioral Development
Member, Healthy Weight Research Center


PhD, Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania
MS, Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania
BA, Biological Anthropology, Harvard University


My research is at the interface of nutrition, human biology, and child development, and seeks to understand how maternal and early-life nutritional factors alter health trajectories across the life course. My current studies focus on maternal nutrition and gestational diabetes in shaping lactation and human milk composition; and identifying nutritional indicators of preterm infant growth that predict neurodevelopmental outcomes. 

I am a senior investigator with nationally and internationally recognized expertise in the developmental origins of health and disease. I have published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on nutrition, obesity, breastfeeding, and child growth and development. My research has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since 2005. I have served on federal expert panels on nutrition during pregnancy, breastfeeding and human milk, and infant adiposity sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the National Academy of Sciences.


Chronic diseases, genetics, mother & children, obesity, genetic epidemiology, child health, breastfeeding, epigenetics, nutrition, child development.

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