Ilana R. Cliffer
PhD Candidate in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition
Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
Tufts University, Boston, MA
Mentor Dr. Rogers
Ilana Cliffer is a doctoral student in the Food and Nutrition Policy and Programs division at the Tufts’ Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Her primary research interests include prevention and treatment of malnutrition in children, including the intersection of infectious disease, malnutrition, and the environment.
Ilana became interested in public health nutrition as a Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso, where she worked with her community to treat moderate malnutrition using local resources and hygiene education. She obtained her Master of Public Health from Emory University, where she worked in the International Emergency and Refugee Health Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and collaborated with CARE Bangladesh on defining women’s empowerment for infant and young child feeding. Since graduating from Emory, she has worked as an Technical Advisor for the Guinea Worm Eradication Program in Chad, and most recently was based in Burkina Faso as the Field Research Director on a field study that aimed to determine the comparative cost-effectiveness of four different supplementary foods in the prevention of stunting and wasting in young children in Burkina Faso.