Florencia Vasta PHOTOFlorencia Vasta obtained her undergraduate degree in Neurobiology and Physiology at the University of Maryland. She later received a MSPH, with a concentration in Human Nutrition in the department of International Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH). Her thesis focused on adolescent health and chronic disease risk, related to the nutrition transition in Jakarta, Indonesia. While at Hopkins, she also worked with researchers at the Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP) on projects involving the double burden of obesity and stunting in children residing in urban poor areas of Guatemala. As a consultant, Ms. Vasta worked with the IAEA on a study measuring body composition and association with cardiometabolic risk in Latin American children. She is currently a technical specialist at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) in Washington, DC, with an emphasis on maternal, infant and young child nutrition, developmental origins of health and disease, and the double burden of malnutrition. She continues her research studies in collaboration with Dr. Caballero at the JHSPH.

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