Rana Chehab, PhD, MPH, RD, is a staff scientist at the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research. Rana earned her BS in Nutrition and Dietetics and her Masters in Public Health with an emphasis on Health Promotion and Community Health from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. She then pursued her PhD in Nutrition Science with an emphasis on Population Nutrition and Health Promotion at Purdue University in Indiana. She is also a Registered Dietitian in the US and strives to utilize her clinical and research skills to improve the health and wellbeing of women, children, and future generations.
Her research interests revolve around maternal and child health and health across the life course with a special interest in the first 1,000 days of life and developmental origins of health and disease. She hopes to translate findings from her research to improve health care quality and outcomes for optimal intergenerational health.
At DOR, she is working on projects related to risk factors of glycemic control trajectories and their impact on perinatal outcomes among women with gestational diabetes mellitus. She will also examine microbiota-metabolites-host interactions in association with pregnancy complications and fetal growth outcomes using machine learning algorithms to inform upstream dietary factors and potential preventive targets.
- Staff scientist
Primary Research Interests
- Health across the life course
- Gestational diabetes mellitus
- Fetal and child growth trajectories
- Community participatory research
- Healthcare delivery and policy