Precision Nutrition for Population Health Saurabh Mehta applies a multipronged approach in his public health research, looking at the interplay between nutrition, inflammation, and infection.
“Malnutrition, both over- and undernutrition, is the leading risk factor for morbidity and mortality globally,” says Saurabh Mehta, Nutritional Sciences. “At the same time, nutritional status may be more amenable than other risk factors to modification at both the individual and the population level.”
Mehta is a physician with expertise in epidemiology, nutrition, and infectious disease. He focuses a major part of his public health research on nutrition and the interplay between nutrition, inflammation, and infection. “Whether you are considering cancer or an infection, nutrition and inflammation are central,” he says. “Our bodies produce and regulate, to a certain extent, the flow of nutrients and inflammatory molecules based on whether or not a disease state or threat exists. In an ideal setting, this regulation creates an environment that is hostile to the invading pathogen or the disease process.”