DR. K.DAMAYANTHI M.Sc, Ph.D in NutritionSCIENTIST 'E',
She specializes in Foods, Nutrition and Diet Therapy. Her areas of research interest are Maternal Nutrition, Energy balance studies, evaluation of Nutrition Programmes, Adolescent nutrition and human metabolic studies. Some of the important studies in which she has been involved include (1) Effect of hormonal contraceptives on breast fed infants – WHO study (2) Effect of maternal nutrition on low birth weight – USAID study (3) Energy cost of pregnancy in rural Indian women – Doctoral work (4) Human metabolic studies on health effects of coconut oils. She also participated in a evaluation studies on a mid-day meal programmes for school going children to encourage enrolment, attendance and to improve Nutritional Status. Conducted a study on reaching under threes through ICDS and collected baseline information of APER (Andhra Pradesh Economic Reconstruction) ICDS areas in Andhra Pradesh. Surveyed drought affected areas in Andhra Pradesh to assess the impact of drought on nutritional status of the population. Developed recipes with dried GLV and tested the acceptability among pre-school children to improve their Vitamin-A nutritional status. Was involved in the development of Nutrition Surveillance System in Andhra Pradesh, revision of Dietary Guidelines for Indians. Dr. Damayanti serves as faculty member for regular and adhoc training programmes at the institute including M.Sc. (Applied Nutrition), Course and Orientation and training programmes for Food and Nutrition conducted at National Institute of Nutrition. She has also been managing the diet Counseling Center established at NIN in September 2006 and has been regularly counseling the people on prior appointment.