Laura E. Murray-Kolb, Ph.D.

photo of Laura Murray-Kolb

Associate Professor and Professor-in-Charge of the Graduate Program

Contact Information

219 Chandlee Laboratory
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-863-6103


Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 2003
M.S., The Pennsylvania State University, 1998

Research Interests

  • Micronutrient deficiencies (primarily iron)
  • Mother-child interactions
  • Child development
  • Cognition and affect
  • Biofortification

Selected Publications

Scott SP, De Souza MJ, Koehler K, Murray-Kolb LE. Combined Iron Deficiency and Low Aerobic Fitness Doubly Burden Academic Performance among Women Attending University. J Nutr. 2016 Nov 23. pii: jn240192. [Epub ahead of print]

Ambikapathi R, Kosek MN, Lee GO, Mahopo C, Patil CL, Maciel BL, Turab A, Islam MM, Ulak M, Bose A, Paredes Olortegui M, Pendergast LL, Murray-Kolb LE, Lang D, McCormick BJ, Caulfield LE. How multiple episodes of exclusive breastfeeding impact estimates of exclusive breastfeeding duration: report from the eight-site MAL-ED birth cohort study. Matern Child Nutr. 2016 Oct;12(4):740-56. doi: 10.1111/mcn.12352.

Haas JD, Luna SV, Lung'aho MG, Wenger MJ, Murray-Kolb LE, Beebe S, Gahutu JB, Egli IM. Consuming Iron Biofortified Beans Increases Iron Status in Rwandan Women after 128 Days in a Randomized Controlled Feeding Trial. J Nutr. 2016 Aug;146(8):1586-92. doi: 10.3945/jn.115.224741.

Scott SP, DE Souza MJ, Koehler K, Petkus DL, Murray-Kolb LE. Cardiorespiratory Fitness Is Associated with Better Executive Function in Young Women. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2016 Oct;48(10):1994-2002. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000974.

Oriá RB, Murray-Kolb LE, Scharf RJ, Pendergast LL, Lang DR, Kolling GL, Guerrant RL. Early-life enteric infections: relation between chronic systemic inflammation and poor cognition in children. Nutr Rev. 2016 Jun;74(6):374-86. doi: 10.1093/nutrit/nuw008.

Sekhar DL, Murray-Kolb LE, Kunselman AR, Weisman CS, Paul IM. Differences in Risk Factors for Anemia Between Adolescent and Adult Women. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2016 May;25(5):505-13. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2015.5449.

Raiten DJ, Neufeld LM, De-Regil LM, Pasricha SR, Darnton-Hill I, Hurrell R, Murray-Kolb LE, Nair KM, Wefwafwa T, Kupka R, Phall MC, Sakr Ashour FA. Integration to Implementation and the Micronutrient Forum: A Coordinated Approach for Global Nutrition. Case Study Application: Safety and Effectiveness of Iron Interventions. Adv Nutr. 2016 Jan 15;7(1):135-48. doi: 10.3945/an.115.008581. Review.

Scott SP, Murray-Kolb LE. Iron Status Is Associated with Performance on Executive Functioning Tasks in Nonanemic Young Women. J Nutr. 2016 Jan;146(1):30-7. doi: 10.3945/jn.115.223586.

Sekhar DL, Murray-Kolb LE, Kunselman AR, Paul IM. Identifying factors predicting iron deficiency in United States adolescent females using the ferritin and the body iron models. Clin Nutr ESPEN. 2015 Jun 1;10(3):e118-e123.

Murray-Kolb LE, Rasmussen ZA, Scharf RJ, Rasheed MA, Svensen E, et al. The MAL-ED Cohort Study: Methods and lessons learned when assessing early child development and caregiving mediators in infants and young children in 8 low- and middle-income countries. Clin Infect Dis. (2014) 59 Suppl 4:S261-72.

Courses Taught

NUTR 425 Global Nutrition Problems

NUTR 451 Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle

NUTR 452 Nutritional Aspects of Disease

NUTR 583 Nutritional Epidemiology

NUTR 502 Regulation of Nutrient Metabolism II (Minerals section)