Dr. Mary Lesser, BS,MS,PhD,RD,

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Originally a Northern California native, I am currently a Postdoctoral Researcher and Pediatric Dietitian at Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, Oakland. As well, I am a Lecturer in the Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology Department at the University of California, Berkeley. Nutrition is and has been my major field of study for the past fifteen years! The field has allowed me to pursue my passion for research, education, as well as practicing in the clinical setting. I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree at UC Davis in Clinical Nutrition with a minor in Human Development and then went on to complete my Master of Science Degree in Nutrition at Tufts University in Boston, MA. While working on my Masters, I completed my Dietetic Internship at Tufts Medical Center and am currently a Registered Dietitian. I then returned to UC Davis to complete my PhD in Nutritional Biology, with an emphasis in Developmental Nutrition.

I chose Nutrition because I have always felt that following a healthy lifestyle and eating pattern are very important and have always incorporated (as well as encourage) this philosophy into my own life as well as the life of others. I am one who likes to have a little variety in my life so as of right now, my future plans include pursuing a career that involves research, clinical work, teaching, and translating science into community outreach efforts.

Currently, I am interested in investigating dietary patterns of women during pregnancy to observe (if any) persistent developmental effects of the fetus that may increase or decrease chronic disease risk later in life. I am particularly interested in investigating maternal-fetal nutrient interactions on a genetic/genomic level.