Aline Andres, Ph.D., R.D.
Department of Pediatrics
Section of Developmental Nutrition
Our research program is dedicated to examining the effects of prenatal and postnatal nutrition on anthropometrics, body composition, metabolism and physical activity of infants and children. A main focus of our research is investigating how nutrition can influence child’s growth and development during a very critical period, the first 1000 days of life, which include prenatal and postnatal periods. Maternal health, body composition and nutrition are all important factors that can influence fetal and neonatal development. In addition, early infant nutrition, growth and body composition may also have short and long term consequences to child’s growth and development. Our laboratory collaborates with multiple other laboratories at ACNC and other institutions to tackle these complex questions using multi-disciplinary approaches.