Fayrouz Sakr-Ashour obtained her medical degree from Alexandria University, Egypt. She quickly developed an interest in nutrition but realizing the lack of nutrition education in medical schools, she pursued an MPH from the High Institute of Public Health with a concentration in nutrition. She then proceeded to obtain her registered dietitian license and MSPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. After graduation, she worked at the National Institutes of Health on several projects including examining the safety and effectiveness of iron interventions in children and pregnant women in malaria-endemic settings and understanding the interplay between inflammation and nutritional biomarkers more broadly. Her interest primarily lies in vulnerable populations and age groups, including infants, children, pregnant women, and older adults. The focus of her research is on assessing the nutritional status of the older adult population and on using epidemiological methods to study the relationship between nutrition risk factors, the social, physical, and mental health status of this vulnerable population. This includes food insecurity, diet quality, usual protein intake, social isolation, social support, and healthcare utilization. In infants and children, her interest lies in examining the risk factors in stunted children, and national food policies geared towards the prevention and control of the obesity epidemic.
Book Chapters and Reports
- Sakr Ashour, F. Impact of Different Exposures, Including Environmental Enteropathies, on Gut Flora and Integrity. Kraemer K, Tim JG, Crystal DK, Kyly CW. The biology of the first 1000 days. PB - Taylor & Francis; 2018.
- Sakr-Ashour F, Ljungqvist B, Robinson M. Undernutrition Interventions in Egypt: Status, Gaps, and Opportunities. Scaling up nutrition in the Arab Republic of Egypt: investing in a healthy future. Herbst C , Elshalakani A , Kakietek J, Hafiz A, Petrovic O. World Bank, 2019.
- Sakr-Ashour, F., Wambogo, E., Song, H., & Sahyoun, N. (2021). Home-delivered Meal-Participants may be at Greater Risk of Malnutrition Without the Meal Program. Public Health Nutrition, 1-23. doi:10.1017/S1368980021004274
- Pasricha S, Gheorghe A, Sakr-Ashour FA, Arcot A, Neufeld L, Murray-Kolb LE, Suchdev PS.Net benefit and cost-effectiveness of universal iron-containing multiple micronutrient powders for young children in 78 countries: a microsimulation study. Lancet Glob Health. 2020 Aug;8(8):e1071-e1080.
- Semba RD, Shardell M, Sakr Ashour FA, Moaddel R, Trehan I, Maleta KM, Ordiz MI, Kraemer K, Khadeer MA, Ferrucci L, Manary MJ. Child Stunting is Associated with Low Circulating Essential Amino Acids. EBioMedicine. 2016 Apr;6:246-52.
- Raghavan R, Ashour FS, Bailey R. A Review of Cutoffs for Nutritional Biomarkers. Adv Nutr. 2016 Jan 15;7(1):112-20.
- PhD, University of Maryland, College Park
- MSPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
- MPH, High Institute of Public Health, Alexandria University
- Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, Alexandria University
- Food and nutrition insecurity
- Loneliness, social support, and social isolation in older adults
- Undernutrition in older adults (protein)
- Chronic undernutrition (stunting) in children less than 5 years of age
- Iron deficiency anemia
- Food assistance programs for vulnerable populations
- Food policy (flour fortification and school lunch programs)