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Melissa Kay

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Trent 135
(919) 684-1953
Melissa Kay


Melissa is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Duke Global Digital Health Science Center working with Drs. Dori Steinberg and Gary Bennett. Her interests focus on the nutritional needs of women and children around the world. Melissa is particularly interested in the connection between maternal and infant diet and the realities of healthy eating during the postpartum period. Melissa received her BA from the College of the Holy Cross, her MPH and MS in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition from Tufts University and her PhD in Nutrition from UNC. She is also a Registered Dietitian and completed her dietetic training at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

To start a conversation with me, ask me: about my 18-month-old daughter or Boston; I'm very proud of both!

Something interesting most people don't know about me: I've been a runner most of my life. I ran competitively in college and have completed 11 marathons. Since the birth of my daughter I've cut back quite a bit, much to the dismay of our dog, but hope to get back into it.

Favorite country I've traveled to and why: Kenya. I spent a year there and fell in love with the people, the landscape and of course the wildlife.