Jeannine Baumgartner, PhD

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Jeannine Baumgartner

Senior Scientist

ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Jeannine Baumgartner is a Senior Scientist at the Laboratory of Human Nutrition at ETH Zurich in Switzerland and an Extraordinary Associate Professor at the Centre of Excellence for Nutrition of the North-West University (NWU) in South Africa.

She holds an MSc in Food Science and Nutrition from ETH Zrich, Switzerland, where she also obtained a PhD in Human Nutrition. For her PhD, she investigated the effects of iron and omega-3 fatty acid deficiency and repletion, as well as their interactions, on brain development and cognition using a translational research approach: from rat models to a randomized controlled trial in South African children. Her PhD research was a collaboration with the Centre of Excellence for Nutrition of NWU, which she later joined as a Postdoctoral Fellow, Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor, before returning to ETH Zurich in 2018.

Her research is dedicated to understanding the role of adequate micronutrient and omega-3 fatty acid nutrition during critical periods of development, particularly during the First 1000 Days, on outcomes related to the development and functioning of the brain, bones, immune system, and the gut microbiome in rodent models and human studies. She further investigates aspects of safety and efficacy of iron intervention strategies in vulnerable groups.

She serves on the Board of Directors of the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL) and on the Board of the Swiss Academic Nutritionists (SWAN). She has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles and supervised MSc and PhD students from diverse cultural backgrounds.

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