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Sosanya, Mercy

Mercy E Sosanya

Teaching Assistant
Department of Nutritional Sciences

Freeland-Graves Lab

Phone: 512-471-0337

Office Location

Postal Address
103 W 24TH ST
AUSTIN, TX 78712

Mercy Sosanya previously chaired a Nutrition and Dietetics Department in a tertiary institution in Nigeria. She has received two research grants, as a PI in one, and a Co-PI in the other. She also designed, led the implementation, trained thirty research assistants, and carried out data analysis for a food assessment study in northern Nigeria, funded by an international non-governmental organization. She is a Fellow of TechWomen, a program of the US Department of State. She is currently a recipient of an International Fellowship of the American Association of University Women, and a scholarship award by the Graduate Dean, University of Texas at Austin.

Mercy has been involved in numerous initiatives to inspire female involvement in Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). She is presently working on developing and evaluating the impact of a digital tool for behavior change, aimed at improving the infant and young child feeding practices of teenage mothers, and the nutritional status of their children.


  • PhD candidate in Nutritional Sciences (in progress)
  • MSc: Human Nutrition
  • BSc: Human Nutrition
  • Certificate in Global Health: Monitoring and Evaluation Fundamentals
  • Certificate in Food Safety for Nutritionists and other Health Professionals