Members of Au Lab

Lauren Au, PhD, RD

Assistant Professor
Department of Nutrition
University of California, Davis

Email: leau@ucdavis.edu

Education

2013, PhD Food Policy and Applied Nutrition, Tufts University, Boston MA

2009, MS Nutrition and Public Health, Columbia University, New York NY

2007, BS Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics, University of California, Berkeley CA

Research Interest

Dr. Au’s research is centered on identifying effective behavior change interventions to improve nutrition education, dietary quality, and health behaviors in low-income mothers, infants, and children, as well as evaluate school-based nutrition policies and programs to reduce obesity in underserved populations. Primarily her research involves understanding how to promote healthier eating and prevent obesity through the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children and the National School Lunch Program. The overall goal of her research is to provide evidence-based research to support strong nutrition policies for low-income populations.

Current Lab Members

Alana Chaney, MS

Ph.D Student

Graduate Group in Nutrition Biology

Email: amchaney@ucdavis.edu

Education

2021, Masters of Biotechnology, Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, GA

2018, Masters of Healthcare Administration, Walden University, Minneapolis, MN

2016, BS Biology; Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, GA

Research Interests

Alana’s research interests are maternal and child nutrition, nutrition security strategies in low income populations, community nutrition program development and evaluation, and nutrition intervention programs.

Christabel Domfe, MS

Ph.D Student

Graduate Group in Nutrition Biology

Email: cadomfe@ucdavis.edu

Education

2023, MS Foods and Nutrition, University of Georgia, Georgia
2018, BS Nutrition and Food Science, University of Ghana, Ghana

 

 

Research Interests

Christabel’s research interests center on the use of novel technology for dietary assessment in low- and middle-income countries, as well as addressing issues related to food insecurity in low income populations.

Gayathri Pundi

Undergraduate Student 

Email: gpundi@ucdavis.edu

Education

2025, B.S Biotechnology; University of California, Davis CA

Research Interests

Gayathri’s research interests are child nutrition, infant breastfeeding practices, and access to high-quality nutrition for low-income families

Former Members

Sarina Lin

Undergraduate Student

Email: sarlin@ucdavis.edu

Education

2023, B.S Clinical Nutrition; University of California, Davis CA

Research Interests

Sarina’s research interests are maternal and child nutrition, nutrition education at schools, nutrition intervention programs, and school lunch programs.

 

Monica Zuercher; PhD, MS, Project Scientist, UC Nutrition Policy Institute