Reynaldo Martorell is the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of International Nutrition and chair of the Hubert Department of Global Health at the Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH). Prior to joining Emory in 1993, Martorell held positions at Cornell University, Stanford University, and the Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP) in Guatemala.
Born in Honduras, Martorell’s research focuses on the fields of nutrition and human biology, including maternal and child nutrition, child growth and development, the significance of early childhood malnutrition for short and long term human function, micronutrient malnutrition, and the emergence of obesity and chronic diseases in developing countries.
Martorell has provided technical assistance on nutrition and nutrition policy in over 20 countries and is recognized internationally for his groundbreaking longitudinal studies in maternal and child nutrition and for his research on micronutrient malnutrition. Martorell, whose recent funding includes 10 National Institute of Health grants, is the author of over 170 articles, over 80 book chapters and scientific proceedings, and over 20 books and monographs.
Martorell has led the Department of Global Health since 1996. During his tenure, the department has significantly expanded the size of its faculty and student body as well as its research base and academic programs. The only endowed department at Emory, the Hubert Department of Global Health is considered to be among the very best in the world. In addition, Martorell serves as a member of the Advisory Council of Emory’s Global Health Institute, the Institute for Developing Nations, and Emory’s International Affairs Council. He represented RSPH on the inaugural Presidential Advisory Committee and was one of the early supporters of the doctoral program in nutrition, for which he added an international component. Martorell is vice-chair of the Pan American Health and Education Foundation Leadership, a director of the International Nutrition Foundation, and is as an advisor to UNICEF, the World Health Organization, and the World Bank. He is also a member of the the Food and Nutrition Board and of the Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity of the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Martorell was associate editor of the Journal of Nutrition and is on the editorial board of Archivos Latinamericanos de Nutricion and Salud Publica de Mexico. Martorell is past president of the Society for International Nutrition Research..
The recipient of a number of awards and honors, Martorell was most recently awarded the International Nutrition Prize from Kellogg’s and the American Society for Nutrition, the Thomas Sellers Award from RSPH in recognition of his exemplary service as a faculty member, and was recognized by the Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama for his distinguished contributions to nutrition research and training. He was also elected to the IOM of the National Academy of Sciences.
Martorell received a bachelor's degree in anthropology from St. Louis University and a PhD in biological anthropology from the University of Washington