Linda Vesel, PhD MPH is the Scientific Lead of the Low Birthweight Infant Feeding Exploration (LIFE) study at Ariadne Labs. She provides technical, strategic and day-to-day management of the LIFE study and it’s team in India, Malawi, Tanzania and the United States; and serves as a strategic thought partner to the Director of the BetterBirth program. Linda is an experienced global health researcher and epidemiologist with expertise in designing, implementing, evaluating and managing maternal, newborn and child health interventions in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
Before joining Ariadne Labs, she worked at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health where she managed an implementation study in Kenya aiming to improve the identification and management of high-risk pregnancies and births. At Concern Worldwide US, Linda was responsible for the research, monitoring, evaluation and dissemination of several interventions as part of a large innovations in maternal and newborn health initiative. During her time at UNICEF, she was a core member of the team that developed the Every Newborn Action Plan. Linda has also had experience working with the World Health Organization on research and policy related to reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health and with USAID on operational research to improve the quality of newborn care. Linda received her PhD in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and her Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology and International Health at the Boston University School of Public Health.
The BetterBirth program published 6-month longitudinal data results from the LIFE Study on feeding and growth patterns among moderately low birthweight infants in resource-limited settings.