The goal of the Finkelstein Laboratory is to elucidate the role of iron, vitamin B12, and folate in the etiology of anemia and adverse perinatal outcomes, to improve the health of mothers and young children. During the past decade, I have conducted nutrition and perinatal health research in India, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and the United States. These experiences have allowed me to gain expertise in the design and conduct of randomized trials, cohort studies, and surveillance programs in resource-limited settings. 

We are investigating the role of iron, vitamin B12, and folate in the etiology of anemia and adverse pregnancy outcomes in several ongoing studies in Southern India and coastal Ecuador, including randomized clinical trials, cohort studies, and a periconceptional surveillance program. 

Current major research projects include:

  1. The Role of Vitamin B12 in the Etiology of Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes
  2. Periconceptional Surveillance Program for Prevention of Anemia and Birth Defects in Southern India
  3. Randomized Efficacy Trials of Biofortification to Improve Maternal and Child Health in India
  4. Micronutrients, Infection, and Maternal and Child Health in Ecuador