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Division of Human Nutrition & Health, Wageningen University & Research


Human nutrition is one of the key subject areas belonging to the core of Wageningen University & Research. The mission of the Division of Human Nutrition and Health is to “Improve health through better nutrition”.

The five chairs of the Division have joined their complementary expertise. The added value is an integrated multidisciplinary approach in human nutrition education and research. This approach involves the level of the cell, the individual and the population. Moreover, it covers the full causal chain from determinants of food choice, to intake of foods and nutrients which affects nutritional status and body function, and subsequently health and disease. Our unique setting stimulates breakthrough research on the crossroads of the different levels and disciplines. Over several years this has resulted in a (inter)national leading position in both research and education.

At the Division about 180 persons are appointed, including 25 scientific staff members, 20 postdocs, 80 (inter)national PhD candidates and 40 technical and administrative staff members. Currently about 750 (inter)national students are enrolled in the 5 years BSc-MSc programme in Human Nutrition and Health.

Education and research is extended with collaborative alliances with many institutes in and outside the Netherlands, including several universities in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

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Foto Dr. Alida Melse-Boonstra

Dr. Alida Melse-Boonstra

In her research, Alida focuses on new and sustainable solutions for micronutrient malnutrition in low and middle income countries. She studies vitamin A, iron, iodine and zinc deficiencies in relation to growth and health in vulnerable population groups such as pregnant women, infants, children and adolescents. She applies various stable isotope dilution technique to assess nutrient status and absorption. Major highlight of her research during the past few years is the research on biofortified cassava in Kenya and in Nigeria. She is currently an Associate Professor at the Division of Human Nutrition, Wageningen University & Research. She teaches in undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate courses on topics related to her research.