Food Product to Fight Malnutrition

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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 plan. 


Month/Year Project Began:

January 2019