Dr. Lauren Au is an Associate Researcher at the University of California’s Nutrition Policy Institute. Dr. Au brings a wealth of experience in conducting nutrition evaluations to prevent obesity in low-income community settings. Notably her research in WIC includes a rigorous assessment of online vs. in-person nutrition education; creating a novel diet quality measure for infants; and evaluating the contribution of WIC foods to overall nutrient intake. Dr. Au obtained her Bachelors in Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics at UC Berkeley, her MS in Nutrition and Public Health and RD from Columbia University, and her PhD in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition from Tufts University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at UC Berkeley. Dr. Au also served as a senior nutrition advisor to U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, where she helped lead many nutrition initiatives, such as preserving funding for WIC.