Food Product to Fight Malnutrition and Stunting

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Faculty Mentor:
Lori Herz, Professor of Practice, Bioengineering
Students on the team this summer:
Gabriela Alves ‘22, IBE* (Financial Engineering)
Samantha Cardenas ‘23, Psychology / Art, Architecture & Design (Art)
Robert Corvalan-Perez ‘21, Health, Medicine & Society / International Relations
Kayla McMillan ‘22, Bioengineering (Biomechanics & Biomaterials)
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 plan.
Month/Year Project Began: January 2019