Food Product to Fight Malnutrition and Stunting

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Faculty Mentor/s:
Lori Herz, Bioengineering
Students on the team this summer:
Gabby Alves ‘22, IBE-Financial Engineering
Samantha Cardenas ‘23, Psychology, Art
Robert Corvalan-Perez ‘21, Health, Medicine & Society
Kayla McMillan ‘22, Bioengineering
Project Description:
Malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies are common in Sierra Leone, especially among children
under five years of age. This often results in stunting, wasting, developmental delays, and mortality.
Over the past year, this team has developed several nutrient-dense foods at Lehigh, which were
prepared and tested in Sierra Leone last summer. The next phase of the work includes improvement
of the recipes, investigating methods of preservation and packaging, analysis of the products for
nutrient levels, shelf-life testing, designing a clinical study, and creating and executing a business
Month/Year Project Began:
January 2019