Sara Hanson, MS

U.S. Scholar, VECD 2016-17

Home Institution: Emory University
Fellowship Site: University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Research Topic: HIV, Diabetes, Maternal and Child Health

Ms. Hanson will spend her fellowship year at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannes-burg under the mentorship of Aryeh Stein, MPH, PhD and Shane Norris, PhD. Her research will focus on the role of maternal obesity, HIV, and gestational diabetes on infant health, body composition, and abdominal fat distribution in urban South Africa.

Ms. Hanson is a PhD student in Nutrition and Health Sciences at Emory University. She is interested in the links between early-life exposures, childhood growth, and noncommunicable diseases. Previously, she received a BS in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise from Virginia Tech; and a dual MS in Nutritional Sciences and Exercise Physiology from San Diego State University. She developed an interest in global health while interning at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland where she worked with the WHO Nutrition Guidance Expert Advisory Group to develop a new recommendation for potassium. Upon finishing school, Ms. Hanson plans to apply for the Epidemic Intelligence Service and hopes to pursue a career with the CDC.