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Dr. Mehta’s cutting-edge program leverages modern technological approaches leading to research that is elucidating how nutritional status can be modified to improve outcomes for mothers during pregnancy and for their infants in the period of early childhood. Currently, he is the Principal Investigator on two large randomized trials to determine the effect of delivering micronutrients through biofortified crops on nutrition and immune function in infants in India.
She is a dedicated leader, innovator, colleague and steward of the institution. Through her leadership the unit has increased annual consulting hours from 1,409 in 2006 to 3,356 in 2018, a 239% increase.
State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor’s Award for Excellence during the 2017-2018 academic year:
Pat Cassano, PhD, Director of the Division of Nutritional Sciences
Professor Cassano, interim director of the Division of Nutritional Sciences at the time of this award, won the Award for Faculty Service. In various leadership roles, she has spearheaded the development of the division’s new strategic plan, worked to develop a new division web site, and is working to develop a portfolio of online degree and certificate nutrition programs. She teaches courses in epidemiology and nutrition policy, including one course that is offered at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Cassano is an epidemiologist whose research focuses on nutrition and genetics, and specifically the nutritional foundations for respiratory diseases. She directs the annual University Summer Institute for Systematic Reviews in Nutrition for Global Policy Making, a collaboration between the World Health Organization, the Cochrane Collaboration and Cornell.