School: Milken Institute School of Public Health
Department: Global Health, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
Dr. Uriyoán Colón-Ramos is an investigator in public health nutrition globally, with expertise in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States. Dr. Colón-Ramos’ research interests are driven by the lived and learned experiences of individuals from underserved communities who have seen their loved ones suffer from diet-related health conditions. This work seeks to make health-promoting behaviors the easy choice so that we can eventually decrease diet-related health disparities. The work from the interdisciplinary teams that she leads has won the Research Into Action Award (New Connections Program, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation); the Faculty Research Excellence Award (Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Service), and is supported by programs in private foundations as well as federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institutes of Health).
Dr. Colón-Ramos was born and raised in Puerto Rico; is trilingual (French, Spanish, English) and a proud member of the 2004 cohort of emerging leaders in nutrition in Latin America (LiLANut).