Dr Radhika Madhari is Deputy Director (Dietetics) at the National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad, India. Her research primarily focuses on, diet adequacy studies including diet optimization and assessment of nutritional status at the population level (national and local) in the vulnerable groups including children, adolescents and women and ways to improve micronutrient status through food-based strategies such as staple food fortification, food synergies, food diversification, and relevant food acceptability studies by conducting randomized control clinical trials. She has carried out studies in public health nutrition including assessment of diet and nutritional status in general population groups as well as in disorders such as anaemia, micronutrient deficiencies, dyslipidemia, diabetes mellitus and hypertension to generate population-level estimates. She has conducted RCTs in the area of rice and wheat fortification, food diversification and food synergies with micronutrients among children, adolescents and pregnant women. She has carried out studies on food formulation/ refinement for infants and young children for various safety net food security programs of the federal government of India and many state governments including sensory evaluation and food acceptability trials in children, adolescents, WRA women and adults. Her research also focuses on nutrient retention and bioavailability studies on relevant micronutrients iron, folate, B-12, and carotenoids. She efficiently collaborates with colleagues from other departments within NIN and other national and international partners in her research pursuits to deliver the expected outcomes. She earned a Master of Food Science and Nutrition from SNDT University, Mumbai, India and a PhD from Osmania University with a work centre at the National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad, India.
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