Nutrition is and has been my major field of study for the past fifteen years. The field has allowed me to pursue my passion for research, education, as well as practicing in the clinical setting. In addition to my position here at Berkeley, I am a Postdoctoral Researcher and Pediatric Dietitian at Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, Oakland.
My research interests include Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, specifically investigating dietary patterns of women during pregnancy to observe (if any) persistent developmental effects of the fetus that may increase or decrease chronic disease risk later in life. I am particularly interested in investigating maternal-fetal nutrient interactions on a genetic/genomic level.
PhD, Nutritional Biology, Developmental Nutrition Concentration, University of California at Davis, 2012 -- MS, Nutrition, Tufts University, Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy, 2007 -- Dietetic Internship, Frances Stern Nutrition Center at Tufts Medical Center, 2007 -- BS, Clinical Nutrition, Human Development Minor, University of California at Davis, 2005
M.N. R. Lesser, J. Park, M. M. D. Gedestad, C.L. Keen, J. Y. Uriu-Adams, and L. Lanoue. Examining the potential benefits of (-)-epicatechin, (+)-catechin, and rutin on maternal and offspring cardiovascular outcomes in LDLr-/- mice exposed to an atherogenic environment during early development. Functional Foods in Health and Disease 2016; 6(4):173-194.
Eric D. Ciappio and Mary N. R. Lesser. Establishing Yourself As An Expert In Nutrition Science: Advice For Young Professionals. Adv. Nutr. 2016 Jan 15;7(1):272-4.
Lesser, M.N.R., C.L. Keen, and L. Lanoue, Reproductive and developmental outcomes, and influence on maternal and offspring tissue mineral concentrations, of (−)-epicatechin, (+)-catechin, and rutin ingestion prior to, and during pregnancy and lactation in C57BL/6J mice, Toxicology Reports. 2015, Elsevier Ireland Ltd. 2:443-449.
Honors and Awards
2016 -- American Society of Nutrition, Emerging Leader in Nutrition Science, Research Competition
2016 -- American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Recognized Outstanding Young Dietitian of the Year
NST161A: Medical Nutrition Therapy I
NST161B: Medical Nutrition Therapy II
NST166: Nutrition in the Community