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Christine A. Swanson, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D. - Senior Nutrition Scientist

Christine Swanson is a senior nutrition scientist with the Office of Dietary Supplements. She served as the first Director of the NIH Botanical Research Centers Program. Currently, Dr. Swanson is leading an ODS initiative focused on iodine. In that capacity, she works with NIH Institutes and several Federal Agencies to identify research needs to better determine the iodine status and requirements of the U.S. population, particularly vulnerable groups such as pregnant women, newborns, and infants.

Prior to joining ODS, Dr. Swanson worked as a Senior Staff Fellow in the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics at the National Cancer Institute at NIH. As a nutritional epidemiologist, she participated in the design, conduct, data analysis and reporting of several studies; focusing her efforts on improving exposure assessment of modifiable risk factors, including diet and body weight. While at NCI, she also worked with scientists at the USDA and the NIH Clinical Center studying human selenium metabolism using stable isotope methodology. This work complemented her graduate and post-doctoral research focused on determining zinc and selenium requirements of pregnant women.

Dr. Swanson received her Ph.D. in nutrition sciences from the University of California, Berkeley. She also received her M.P.H. degree in epidemiology from Berkeley. She received her B.S. in dietetics from Montana State University.