Ritu Rana, a public health nutritionist, has a Master of Science (GBPUA&T, Pantnagar)and Doctor of Philosophy (MSU, Baroda)degrees in Foods & Nutrition. Additionally, she has a second Master of Science degree in Public Health with specialization in Global Nutrition (distinction, GPA 4.48/5) from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM),University of London, UK. She has around seven years of experience in the field of public health and nutrition.
Dr. Ritu has recently completed a five years [2014-2019] DST INSPIRE post-doctoral fellowship (Public Health Nutrition) with Indian Institute of Public Health Gandhinagar (IIPHG),her research mainly focused on prevention and management of acute malnutrition. Additionally, she has worked on a few other nutrition projects. As a subject matter expert, she contributed to a DFID funded evidence summary on the effectiveness of various nutrition interventions in low- and middle-income countries.Further, in collaboration with LSHTM and Emergency Nutrition Network, UK she led a couple of systematic reviews focusing on interventions to improve feeding among infants under six months who are at risk of growth failure. Based on her research contributions, she was invited as Technical Adviser to WHO for a consultation on- Research priorities to prevent, identify and manage young infants with growth failure in the first six months of life [Jan 2019, Geneva].
Prior to her INSPIRE fellowship, Dr. Ritu had worked as State Nutrition Consultant (Government of Gujarat, 2014), Project-coordinator (IIPHG, 2013) and Research Associate (IIPHG, 2012).
Areas of interest
- Evidence summary/Systematic reviews
- Public health nutrition
- Emergency nutrition
Awards and Grants
- IIPHG-LSHTM-ENN Systematic reviews grant [2018-19]- Lead reviewer
- DFID commissioned evidence summary [2016-19]- Subject matter expert
- DST INSPIRE research grant [2014-2019]-Principal Investigator
- Lady Meherbai D Tata Education Trust ScholarshipAward[MSc, LSHTM, 2017-18)
- Young Scientist Award in Community Nutrition [Nutrition Society of India, 2015]
- DST INSPIRE Faculty Award [Government of India, 2014]
- Qualified National Eligibility Test for Lectureship [University Grants Commission, 2013]
- UGC Research Fellowship in Science for Meritorious Students during PhD [MSU, 2008-2012]
- Menon K, Puthussery S, Ravalia A, Panchal P, Rana R, Mistry S, Tseng P, Bhandol J and Mavalankar D (2018) Effectiveness of nutrition interventions in low- and middle-income countries: An evidence summary. Indian Institute of Public Health Gandhinagar; Public Health Foundation of India; University of Bedfordshire, UK and BRAC, Bangladesh. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5b102555e5274a18f738df59/10A._Nutriton_Programmes-Evidence_Summary_Report-Final.pdf
- Menon K, Ravalia A, Panchal P, Rana R, Mistry S, Tseng P, Puthussery S, Bhandol J, Mavalankar D (2018), Effectiveness of nutrition interventions in low and middle income countries: An evidence summary. Indian Institute of Public Health Gandhinagar; Public Health Foundation of India; University of Bedfordshire, UK and BRAC, Bangladesh. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5b10259a40f0b634d557af19/10B._Nutrition_Programmes-Contextualisation_-Final_updatepdf.pdf
- Rana R and Raghuvanshi RS (2013) Effect of different cooking methods on iodine losses. Journal of Food Science and Technology, Dec; 50(6): 1212–16. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3791240/
Core and elective modules offered
- Public Health Nutrition [C]
- Maternal and child nutrition [E]
- Nutrition programme planning [E]