Maria Kapsokefalou

Maria Kapsokefalou
Laboratory of Food Chemistry and Analysis

Maria Kapsokefalou is Professor in Human Nutrition at the Agricultural University of Athens, Greece, Greece. 
Maria Kapsokefalou is Scientific Advisor to the Minister of Rural Development and Food.  She is also a member of the National Council for Research and Innovation at the Ministry of Education and of the National Committee on Nutrition Policy of the Ministry of Health.  She is also the Vice President of the Hellenic Pasteur Institute.  Until 9/2018 she served as the Deputy Rector of the Agricultural University of Athens.
Following a BSc in Chemistry at the University of Athens, Maria Kapsokefalou pursued her graduate studies in Food Science and in Nutrition at Cornell University as a Fulbright Scholar.  She received her MSc in 1989 and PhD in 1992 and continued her scientific development in Nutrition at Cornell University, as a recipient of the Nutricia Research Foundation International Training Fellowship, at ETH Zurich, and at the University of Crete, where she was a Researcher and Lecturer in Food Science and Nutrition until 2000.  In 2001 she joined the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at the Agricultural University of Athens.
Her research activities aim to the promotion of Public Health though better nutrition.  She investigates health benefits of bioactive compounds and novel and functional foods, linking Nutritional Sciences and Food Science.  She evaluates dietary intake in the general adult population and in children, pregnant women and older adults.  In particular, she has conducted studies on food, beverage and water intake in various population groups and on the socioeconomic factors that may affect food intake. She also studies food aid models and food policy measures that aim to alleviate food insecurity in vulnerable populations, such as school lunches, food packages, food banks etc.  Her scientific and professional interests include outreach programs on the sustainable development of the agrofood sector in Greece.
Her research is supported by national, private and EU funding.  Her scientific collaborations include public and private partnerships in Greece, in Europe and the USA.
Maria Kapsokefalou is the mother of three daughters.

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