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Dr Natasha Lelijveld BSc, MSc, PhD

Teaching Fellow

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Dr Natasha Lelijveld is a Teaching Fellow within Medicine at the University of Southampton.

Natasha completed her PhD at the Institute for Global Health, University College London, where her research considered the long-term effects of severe acute malnutrition on growth and non-communicable disease risk factors in Malawi.

Natasha continued her postdoctoral research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) exploring interventions for adolescent stunting, and at the Hospital for Sick Kids in Toronto where she studied alternative treatment options for children with moderate acute malnutrition in Sierra Leone. Besides academia, Natasha also spent time working in a policy-steering position within the No Wasted Lives initiative at Action Contre le Faim / Action Against Hunger (ACF), which is seeking to double the proportion of children treated for acute malnutrition by 2020.

In 2018, Natasha took up the role of Teaching Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine to work with Dr Penelope Nestel, the Programme Leader for the MSc in Public Health and the Public Health Nutrition pathway. Natasha leads the Nutrition in Emergencies module within the Public Health Nutrition pathway.


MSc in International Child Health, University College London, 2012

PhD in Global Health Nutrition, University College London, 2016

Research interests

Natasha’s research interests are around acute malnutrition prevention, treatment, and long-term health. Her research also incorporates a number of other topics that relate to acute malnutrition, including stunting, infant feeding, adolescent nutrition, and the developmental origins of health and diseases (DOHaD). In order to explore impacts on longer term health, Natasha often incorporates measures of body composition, cognitive function and metabolomics into her studies. She also has an interest in assessing cost-effectiveness and coverage of acute malnutrition treatment programmes, both vital for helping more children survive and thrive.    

Faculty of Medicine:

Module lead for Nutrition in Emergencies within the Public Health Nutrition pathway.

Module lead for Nutrition in Emergencies within the Public Health Nutrition pathway.

Dr Natasha Lelijveld
Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton, Building 85, Life Sciences Building, Highfield Campus, Southampton, SO171BJ
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