Lifecourse Nutrition & Health

The section conducts fundamental, public health-oriented, and applied nutrition research. We aim to create the evidence base for nutritional strategies which promote optimal physiological function and development, promote health and prevent disease in humans.

Our focus spans from pre-conception over childhood to adulthood in both high- and low-income countries.


The section investigates the role of diet and nutrition in foetal life, infancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood in relation to healthy growth, optimal nutritional status, cognitive development and prevention of undernutrition, obesity and non-communicable diseases.



The section undertakes high-quality, large-scale randomised nutrition trials and observational studies. Our work includes investigation of growth, body composition, cognitive function, metabolic function, biomarkers of disease risk, dietary intake, nutritional status, and physical activity as well as interactions with microbiota and genotype. We focus on nutrition before conception and during pregnancy, infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.

Our research covers nutrients (e.g. iron, vitamin D and B12, and long-chain n-3 fatty acids), foods (e.g. fish, insects, meat, dairy and wholegrains) and dietary regimens (e.g. breastfeeding, school meals, sustainable diets, and low-carb diets). In low-income settings, we also investigate nutrition supplements for prevention and treatment of malnutrition among children.


Section members

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Afton Marina Szasz Halloran Guest Researcher +4535332656 E-mail
Anne Kyhnæb Nurse +4535325640 E-mail
Anne Vedelsdal Aurup PhD Fellow +4535333223 E-mail
Annette Vedelspang Home Economist +4535334616 E-mail
Anni Larnkjær Academic Staff +4535333548 E-mail
Benedikte Grenov Associate Professor +4520456654 E-mail
Bikila Soboka Megersa PhD Student   E-mail
Birgitte Kronbo Hermansen Nutrition Consultant +4535332494 E-mail
Camilla Trab Damsgaard Associate Professor +4535332221 E-mail
Cassandra Maya PhD Fellow +4535327304 E-mail
Christian Leo Hansen Enrolled PhD Student   E-mail
Christian Mølgaard Head of Section +4535332516 E-mail
Christina Sonne Mogensen PhD Fellow +4535333284 E-mail
Christine Højte Enrolled PhD Student   E-mail
Dorrit Vizel Nurse +4535328304 E-mail
Faidon Magkos Associate Professor +4535333671 E-mail
Gulshan Ara PhD Student   E-mail
Hannah Pesu Research Assistant +4535334410 E-mail
Henrik Friis Professor +4535333860 E-mail
Inge Birgit Rasmussen Biomedical Laboratory Scientist +4535332214 E-mail
Jack Ivor Lewis PhD Fellow +4535335314 E-mail
Jannie Wittrup Jensen Intern   E-mail
John Gargul Lind Laboratory Technician. +4535332480 E-mail
Karoline Sandby PhD Fellow +4535323377 E-mail
Kim F. Michaelsen Professor Emeritus +4535332495 E-mail
Kristina Pigsborg PhD Student +4535337893 E-mail
Lars Hein Christensen Postdoc +4535333751 E-mail
Line Kattai Ulrikkeholm Research Assistant +4535328498 E-mail
Lotte Lauritzen Professor with special responsibilities +4535332508 E-mail
Malene Nygaard Research Assistant +4535320266 E-mail
Maria Ida Rosenkrans Research Assistant   E-mail
Marie Terese Barlebo Madsen PhD Student   E-mail
Mette Frahm Olsen Associate Professor +4528340979 E-mail
Mona Adnan Y Aldubayan PhD Student +4535327309 E-mail
Nanna Groth Stounbjerg Research Assistant +4535335125 E-mail
Nanna Roos Associate Professor +4535332497 E-mail
Navodita Malla Enrolled PhD Student +4535326525 E-mail
Nina Rica Wium Geiker Associate Professor +4535324060 E-mail
Sadime Basak Kisi Kaki PhD Fellow +4535321060 E-mail
Sophie Hilario Christensen PhD Fellow +4535336691 E-mail
Søren Andresen Biomedical Laboratory Scientist +4535332468 E-mail