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Laura Murray-Kolb
Laura E. Murray-Kolb
Professor-in-Charge of the Graduate Program
Associate Professor
Summary Statement

Micronutrient deficiencies (primarily iron); mother-child interactions; child development; cognition and affect; biofortification

  • Nutritional Sciences - NUTR
  • Graduate Program
  • Graduate Professor-in-Charge
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  • Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 2003
  • M.S., The Pennsylvania State University, 1998
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Currently Accepting Graduate Students
Office Address
219 Chandlee Laboratory
University Park, PA 16802
Professional Credentials


Grants and Research Projects
  • Micronutrient deficiencies (primarily iron)
  • Mother-child interactions
  • Child development
  • Cognition and affect
  • Biofortification
  • Scott SP, De Souza MJ, Koehler K, Murray-Kolb LE. Combined Iron Deficiency and Low Aerobic Fitness Doubly Burden Academic Performance among Women Attending University. J Nutr. 2016 Nov 23. pii: jn240192. [Epub ahead of print]

  • Ambikapathi R, Kosek MN, Lee GO, Mahopo C, Patil CL, Maciel BL, Turab A, Islam MM, Ulak M, Bose A, Paredes Olortegui M, Pendergast LL, Murray-Kolb LE, Lang D, McCormick BJ, Caulfield LE. How multiple episodes of exclusive breastfeeding impact estimates of exclusive breastfeeding duration: report from the eight-site MAL-ED birth cohort study. Matern Child Nutr. 2016 Oct;12(4):740-56. doi: 10.1111/mcn.12352.

  • Haas JD, Luna SV, Lung'aho MG, Wenger MJ, Murray-Kolb LE, Beebe S, Gahutu JB, Egli IM. Consuming Iron Biofortified Beans Increases Iron Status in Rwandan Women after 128 Days in a Randomized Controlled Feeding Trial. J Nutr. 2016 Aug;146(8):1586-92. doi: 10.3945/jn.115.224741.

  • Scott SP, DE Souza MJ, Koehler K, Petkus DL, Murray-Kolb LE. Cardiorespiratory Fitness Is Associated with Better Executive Function in Young Women. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2016 Oct;48(10):1994-2002. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000974.

  • Oriá RB, Murray-Kolb LE, Scharf RJ, Pendergast LL, Lang DR, Kolling GL, Guerrant RL. Early-life enteric infections: relation between chronic systemic inflammation and poor cognition in children. Nutr Rev. 2016 Jun;74(6):374-86. doi: 10.1093/nutrit/nuw008.

  • Sekhar DL, Murray-Kolb LE, Kunselman AR, Weisman CS, Paul IM. Differences in Risk Factors for Anemia Between Adolescent and Adult Women. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2016 May;25(5):505-13. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2015.5449.

  • Raiten DJ, Neufeld LM, De-Regil LM, Pasricha SR, Darnton-Hill I, Hurrell R, Murray-Kolb LE, Nair KM, Wefwafwa T, Kupka R, Phall MC, Sakr Ashour FA. Integration to Implementation and the Micronutrient Forum: A Coordinated Approach for Global Nutrition. Case Study Application: Safety and Effectiveness of Iron Interventions. Adv Nutr. 2016 Jan 15;7(1):135-48. doi: 10.3945/an.115.008581. Review.

  • Scott SP, Murray-Kolb LE. Iron Status Is Associated with Performance on Executive Functioning Tasks in Nonanemic Young Women. J Nutr. 2016 Jan;146(1):30-7. doi: 10.3945/jn.115.223586.

  • Sekhar DL, Murray-Kolb LE, Kunselman AR, Paul IM. Identifying factors predicting iron deficiency in United States adolescent females using the ferritin and the body iron models. Clin Nutr ESPEN. 2015 Jun 1;10(3):e118-e123.

  • Murray-Kolb LE, Rasmussen ZA, Scharf RJ, Rasheed MA, Svensen E, et al. The MAL-ED Cohort Study: Methods and lessons learned when assessing early child development and caregiving mediators in infants and young children in 8 low- and middle-income countries. Clin Infect Dis. (2014) 59 Suppl 4:S261-72.

  • Carlson GJ, Kordas K, Murray-Kolb LE. Associations between women's autonomy and child nutritional status: a review of the literature. Matern Child Nutr. (2014) Feb 13. doi: 10.1111/mcn.12113.

  • Scott SP, Chen L, Caulfield LE, Murray-Kolb LE. The impact of anemia on child mortality: an updated review. Nutrients (2014) 6:5915-32.

  • Sekhar DL, Murray-Kolb LE, Wang L, Kunselman AR, Paul IM. Adolescent anemia screening during ambulatory pediatric visits in the United States. J Community Health (2014) Sep. 7. doi: 10.1007/s10900-014-9939-2.

  • Haas JD, Rahn M, Venkatramanan S, Marquis GS, Wenger MJ, Murray-Kolb LE, Wesley AS, Reinhart GA. Double fortified salt is efficacious in improving indicators of iron deficiency in female Indian tea pickers. J Nutr. (2014) 144:957-64.

  • McClung JP and Murray-Kolb LE. Iron nutrition and premenopausal women: Effects of poor iron status on neuropsychological and physical performance. Annu Rev Nutr (2013) 33:271-88.

  • Murray-Kolb LE. Iron and brain functions. Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. (2013) 16:703-7.

  • Murray-Kolb LE, Khatry SK, Schaefer B, Cole PM, Katz J, LeClerq S, Tielsch JM, Christian P. Preschool micronutrient supplementation effects on intellectual and motor function in school-aged Nepalese children. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med (2012) 166:404-410.