Dr. Carrie Waterman is an interdisciplinary research scientist at the intersection of nutrition, agriculture, health, and development.
She received her PhD in Pharmacognosy and spent the following years as a postdoc in Natural Products Chemistry studying plant medicine. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Nairobi, Kenya and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in The Gambia, West Africa.
She is currently a Professional Researcher at the Institute for Global Nutrition at UC Davis. Her research has been funded by NIH Fogarty International, working in Kenya with the World Agroforestry Centre and local farmers, on Moringa oleifera (moringa) to treat malnutrition and prevent chronic diseases including diabetes and obesity. Her work involves community outreach, capacity building, scientific research, equity, and sustainable development.
She was recently awarded a CA grant to promote moringa production, consumption, utilization and sales within the food and agricultural state systems. Her passion is to bring awareness and utilization of “smart crops” that address social, environmental, and economic outcomes to improve the livelihoods of those underserved and underrepresented.