Ms. Desirrê Morais Dias is graduated in Nutrition from Federal University of Espírito Santo, Brazil, and got a master degree in Nutrition Science from Federal University of Viçosa, Brazil in 2015. Currently, she is a PhD student at Federal University of Viçosa and she is working as a visitor researcher at Robert W. Holley Center for Agriculture and Health, Cornell University, USA. She has an academic background in food and nutrition, food composition and mineral bioavailability of staple food crops and biofortified food crops. She has also experience with human and animal studies, and currently she is working with cell model assessment. She has been worked in collaboration with Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) and HarvestPuls since 2013, working with foods target for biofortification program.
Ms. Desirrê Morais Dias’s research has been focus on the iron bioavailability of biofortified staple food crops and new approach in the Biofortification program in order to contribute in the reduction of micronutrient deficiencies. She has been investigated the effect of food crops target for biofortification program, alone or in a combination with other foods (food basket), on the iron bioavailability (in vitro and in vivo) and intestinal microbiota and functionality (in vivo). Also, her research is interested to know how the polyphenol profile of biofortified food crops can affect the iron bioavailability and the gut microbiota composition and how the gut microbiota can interact with dietary iron promoting or reducing the it absorption.