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Zach Conrad, long-time student member of EFSNE team, receives doctoral degree

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Posted: October 17, 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Zach Conrad, who received his doctoral degree from the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in August. While conducting his dissertation research, Conrad also was a student member of the EFSNE project’s Production Team for more than four years, serving as a research assistant to Drs. Tim Griffin and Christian Peters at Tufts University.
Zach Conrad. Image provided.

Zach Conrad. Image provided.

He contributed to the Production Team’s efforts to quantify the Northeast US regional self-reliance for both human food crops and livestock feed and forage, and he also worked on estimating the capacity of the Northeast food system to accommodate regional diet patterns using the Foodprint model.

Conrad’s dissertation research focused on quantifying catalysts and barriers to achieving the national public health nutrition goals of increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables and reducing the prevalence of hypertension. In particular, his research focused on testing the statistical agreement between dietary data collection programs, modeling the effect of nutrient dense diets on achieving micronutrient targets, and modeling the capacity of the US agricultural system to produce enough food to meet certain dietary patterns.

Conrad now is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Nutritional Epidemiology at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.