Luke O. Smith BS

Graduate Research Assistant, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

Luke O. Smith is a Nutritional Sciences PhD Candidate at the University of Delaware.  He graduated with his bachelor's degree in Dietetics from the University of Delaware in 2018 where he was awarded with the Mary Clayton Bentley Award for excellence in scholarship, leadership, and services to the University or the community.  He entered the Masters program for Human Nutrition at the University of Delaware in the fall of 2018, and bypassed into the PhD program for Nutritional Sciences in fall of 2019. There, he works under Dr. Carrie P. Earthman as manager of the Body Composition and Metabolism Lab.  His dissertation focuses on the assessment and implications of clinical malnutrition in adults.  He is trained in body composition and metabolic assessments including bioimpedance analysis methods, ultrasound, indirect calorimetry, anthropometric landmarking, and dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry.  He is an author of one published article titled "Prevalence and Characteristics of Starvation-Related Malnutrition in A Mid-Atlantic Healthcare System: A Cohort Study", which was published in JPEN in March of 2021.