Emanuella is the anthropometry specialist and she is responsible for the anthropometry and body composition activities in the Unit.
Emanuella also leads the Anthropometry section of the DAPA measurement toolkit. The toolkit provides end-users with the necessary information and resources to identify and implement optimal methods in different populations and settings on physical activity, anthropometry/body composition and diet. It also helps the users processing and interpreting the resulting data.
She has a degree in Food Science and Nutrition and an MSc in Public Health Nutrition. During her first degree she had the opportunity to spend her placement year with the EPIC study (European Prospective Investigation of Cancer and nutrition) in Cambridge. After her MSc, she worked for the NGO HelpAge International in Ethiopia where she assessed the nutritional status of adults in 4 Ethiopian Ethnic group. In 2001, for of a short period of time, she worked as a nutritionist for Danone UK, offering nutritional advice and answering questions posed by the public on the possible health benefits associated with Calcium. She joined the unit (the former Diabetes Research Group) in August 2001.
In 2012 Emanuella was awarded a PhD degree in Epidemiology from Groningen University, the Netherlands. During her PhD, she developed an ultrasound method to determine abdominal fat compartments and assessed its validity in different populations; she also investigated the role of early life determinants/factors that may influence the accumulation of these fat depositions.