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MRA 5 Utilization for Human Nutrition

Dr. Juan Andrade 
Assistant Professor
Food Science & Human Nutrition
University of Illinois 
Dr. Andrade is an assistant professor of Global Nutrition in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition with a long-term goal to develop sustainable strategies that can be used to deliver adequate nutrition, especially micronutrients, to residents of low-income countries and thereby help to promote human health and economic development. His research interests are focused on agriculture and food security programs, food fortification, point-of-care diagnostic technologies for assessment of micronutrient deficiencies, quality of food aid products, and service, experiential learning education programs. Dr. Andrade’s current research efforts have focused on the problem of micronutrient malnutrition, assessment of prevalent deficiencies and delivery of fortified foods. These efforts have taken him to projects in India, Saudi Arabia, Ghana, Uganda, Honduras, Ecuador and Guatemala.
He is a researcher and faculty affiliate of the Integrating Gender and Nutrition in Agriculture and Extension Services (INGENAES) and research team leader of the human nutrition area at the Soy Bean Innovation Lab, both of which are projects funded by the US Agency for International Development with outreach in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and South East Asia. He uses these international projects as an educational platform to build cultural competence among college students in food science and human nutrition. Dr. Andrade teaches Principles of Nutrition, Nutrition for Food Scientists and Global Nutrition. Dr. and Mrs. Dr. Jeanette Andrade live in Urbana and share two audacious children, Justine and Jules.

Margaret Murray Cornelius  
University of Illinois
Margaret Murray Cornelius is a member of the Soybean Innovation Lab’s human nutrition research team. Margaret graduated from the University of Chicago in May 2016. Before attending the University of Chicago, she interned with the Soybean Innovation Lab during its first year and conducted a research project assessing the economic sustainability, output and longevity of SoyCow systems worldwide. Margaret will continue her work with the SoyCows by continuing to strengthen and expand the Soybean Innovation Lab’s soy dairy enterprise network, connecting SoyCow operations throughout Africa to enable entrepreneurs to share their gathered experience, business practices, training, and technological knowledge. Margaret will also collaborate with the Savanna Agriculture Research Institute (SARI) and the University of Development Studies (UDS) on an early childhood nutrition study focused on evaluating the acceptability and feasibility of soy-based complementary foods in Northern Ghana.