Maria Fernanda Kroker Lobos, PhD, MSc

LMIC Fellow, VECD 2017-2018

Home Institution: Emory University
Fellowship Site: Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP)
Research Topic: childhood obesity

Dr. Kroker Lobos will spend her fellowship year at Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama in Guatemala City under the mentorship of Manuel Ramirez-Zea, PhD and Aryeh Stein, PhD. Her research will focus on the role of food environment and dietary determinants on childhood obesity in rural communities in Guatemala.

Dr. Kroker Lobos completed her training in Population Nutrition at the National Institute of Public Health (INSP) in Mexico and the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. During this time she had the unique opportunity of working and interacting with senior researchers from both institutions (Aryeh Stein, Reynaldo Martorell, Juan Rivera Dommarco and Teresita González de Cosío) who mentored her doctoral dissertation. During her doctoral training she was accepted into Emory and INSP’s Public Health Leadership and Implementation Academy for NCD´s program (PH-LEADER), where she strengthened leadership, mentoring, networking, and implementation research skills.