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Dr. Melissa Theurich

Leipziger Str. 44



Tel.:+49 391 6724337




2017 - 2021 
Doctor of Human Biology
Doctoral Thesis: “Complementary Feeding and Commercial Infant Foods,” 
Medical Faculty of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich, 
Dr. von Hauner Children’s Hospital, Munich Germany, 

Master of Public Health
Thesis: “Complementary Feeding Practices in a European Birth Cohort: A Descriptive Analysis”
Institute for Biometrics and Epidemiology of the 
Medical Faculty of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, 
Dr. von Hauner Children’s Hospital, Munich, Germany

Bachelor of Science
Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Concentration: Community & International Nutrition,
Minor: Spanish

Work Experience

July 2021 
Postdoctoral researcher
Otto-von-Guericke University 
Systematic global reviews of evidence on childhood allergy prevention and health literacy, 
Institute of Social Medicine and Health Systems, Medical Faculty, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany

2017 - 2021
Doctoral researcher, 
LMU Munich, Germany
Department for Metabolic Diseases and Nutrition
Dr. von Hauner Children’s Hospital, LMU, Munich Germany

Consultant, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Headquarters, New York, US
Editor of the global Implementation Guidance on Counselling Women to Improve Breastfeeding Practices

2020 – 2021
Consultant, World Health Organization (WHO) Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland
Editor, global WHO and UNICEF: Protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding: The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative for Small, Sick and Preterm Newborns

Parental Leave

Consultant, EPOS Health Management
Conception and technical writer, proposal for a national nutrition programme in Tajikistan

Consultant, UNICEF Headquarters, New York
Editor, global internal guideline on procurement of breastmilk substitutes in emergencies

2016 -2017
Consultant, UNICEF Headquarters, New York
Editor, eight country case studies and cover letter, for global Compendium of Case Studies from around the world: Country experiences with the Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative

Project Manager, GIZ Headquarters, Bonn, Germany
Coordination of two national food fortification programmes within the Affordable Nutritious Foods for Women (ANF4W) project in Kenya and Tanzania, an international public-private cooperation to increase market coverage of fortified staple foods to reach women of reproductive age.

Consultant, GIZ Headquarters, Bonn, Germany
Monitoring und Evaluation of the Affordable Nutritious Foods for Women Project, Tanzania

2014 - 2015
Project Manager, GIZ Foreign Office, Nairobi, Kenya
Development Advisor, Affordable Nutritious Foods for Women, Kenya and Tanzania

2011 - 2019
Consultant, German Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Nutrition (DGKJ)
Translation of diverse scientific opinions and
statements in paediatric nutrition

2011 -2014
Student Researcher, LMU Munich
Dr. von Hauner Children’s Hospital, LMU Munich

2008 - 2009
Public Health Nutritionist, 
Special Supplemental Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
Stafford Health Department, Rappahannock Health District
Stafford Virginia, United States


Research Focus: Public health interventions in early childhood nutrition, non-communicable diseases during childhood, women’s reproductive health & sexual medicine