- Public Health
- Nutritional Sciences
Andrew Jones is a public health nutritionist interested in understanding the influence of food security on the nutritional status of women and young children in low-income settings. He examines the impact pathways of agriculture and food environments on the food and nutrition security of rural farming households as well as households in semi-rural and peri-urban transition areas. He also conducts research on the the role of food security in shaping the co-occurrence of micronutrient deficiencies and overweight among women of childbearing age, and the consequences of this "double burden" on infant and child nutrition. In particular, Andy examines the influence of food security on maternal adiposity and iron deficiency during pregnancy and how these conditions shape infant growth and iron status through inflammation-mediated pathways. He conducts his research in India, southern Africa, and the Andean region of South America.
Prior to his appointment at the University of Michigan, Andy worked as a Research Associate in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University. He has also worked as a consultant for several institutions including the World Bank, the International Food Policy Research Institute, and UNICEF. Andy is also an affiliated faculty member of the University of Michigan Sustainable Food Systems Initiative and the Population Studies Center of the Institute for Social Research.