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Dr. Amanda Wendt

MS

Scientist


Amanda studied Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics and Spanish Literature at the University of Arizona. After this, she served in the Peace Corps from 2006-08 in Peru working in community health. She graduated from Emory University in 2014 with a PhD in Nutrition and Health Sciences. Her dissertation focused on an evaluation of the government’s iron and folic acid supplementation of pregnant women during antenatal care in Bihar, India.

She joined the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit in 2014 and has been working with the Food and Agriculture Approaches to Reducing Malnutrition (FAARM) trial in Sylhet, Bangladesh. She was awarded a Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellowship and a Thrasher Early Career Award in 2016 to examine the etiology of anemia in the FAARM population. Her research interests include maternal and child nutrition, micronutrient deficiencies, mixed methods, and program evaluation.


Education

2014   PhD, Emory University
2006   MS, University of Arizona
2005   BS/BA, University of Arizona


Positions

2012-2013   Graduate Fellow, Center for Community Partnerships, Emory University
2010             Graduate Research Assistant, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
2009-2012   Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Epidemiology, Emory University
2006-2008   Community Health Volunteer, United States Peace Corps


Selected Publications and Presentations

Gabrysch S, Waid, JL, Wendt AS, Müller AA, Kader A, Gosh U. (2018): Nutritional effects of flooding due to unseasonably early monsoon rainfall in Bangladesh: a cross-sectional study in an ongoing cluster-randomised trial. The Lancet Planetary Health, Vol. 2 Suppl. 1, p. S3, doi: 10.1016/S2542-5196(18)30088-3

Wendt A.S., Stephenson R., Young M., Webb-Girard A., Hogue C.J., Ramakrishnan U., Martorell R. Identifying bottlenecks in the iron and folic acid supply chain in Bihar, India: a mixed-methods study. BMC Health Services Research. 2018; 18(1): 281. doi:10.1186/s12913-018-3017-x

Wendt A., Ramakrishnan U. Interpregnancy intervals and birth spacing. In: The biology of the first 1,000 days. Edited by Karakochuk CD, Whitfield K.C., Green T.J., Kraimer K. Boca Raton, Florida, USA: CRC Press; 2018: 439-457.

Wendt A., Waid J., Gabrysch S. The Food and Agricultural Approaches to Reducing Malnutrition (FAARM) trial in Bangladesh. UNSCN News. 2017; 42: 149-50.

Wendt A., Waid J., Gabrysch S. Iron Content in Groundwater Associated with Anemia among Children 6–37 Months in Rural Bangladesh. FASEB J April 2017, 31(1):786.7

Sinharoy S., Waid JL., Haardörfer R., Wendt A., Gabrysch S.*, Yount KM*. Women’s dietary diversity in rural Bangladesh: Pathways through women’s empowerment. Maternal & Child Nutrition 2017, doi:10.1111/mcn.12489. (* equal contribution)

Wendt A., Waid J., Gabrysch S. Perceived iron content in drinking water associated with anemia among women with iron-poor diets in Bangladesh. FASEB J April 2016 30(1):892.1

Wendt A., Stephenson R., Young M., Webb-Girard A., Hogue C., Ramakrishnan U., Martorell R. Individual and Facility-Level Determinants of Iron and Folic Acid Receipt and Adequate Consumption among Pregnant Women in Rural Bihar, India. PloS one. 2015; 10(3): e0120404.

Wendt A.S., Jefferds M.E., Perrine C.G., Halleslevens P., Sullivan K.M. Obese women less likely to have low serum ferritin, Nicaragua. Public Health Nutrition. 2014 May; 1-6.

Wendt A., Young M., Martorell R. Understanding Healthcare Workers Perceptions of Iron and Folic Acid Supplementation in Bihar, India. FASEB J April 9, 2013 27:243.3

Young M.F., Wendt A., Ramakrishnan U., Martorell R. Iron supplementation recommendations during pregnancy: Case study of WHO, CDC, and India Government policies. FASEB J. 2012; 26:114.7

Wendt A., Gibbs C., Peterson S., Hogue C. Impact of Increasing Inter-pregnancy Interval on Maternal and Infant Health. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology. 2012; 26 Suppl 1:239-58.

Gibbs C., Wendt A., Peterson S., Hogue C. The Impact of Early Age at First Childbirth on Maternal and Infant Health. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology. 2012; 26 Suppl 1:259-84.

Wendt A.S., Thompson V.F., Mares S.W., Goll D.E. Role of phosphorylation on catalytic properties of m-calpain. FASEB. 2006; 20:LB52

Wendt A., Thompson V.F., Goll D.E. Interaction of calpastatin with calpain:  a review.  Biol. Chem. 2004;385(6):465-72. Review.

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