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Dr. Louis Grivetti’s distinguished career spans over five decades, in which time he has conducted humanitarian missions along with vital research on food nutrition and its influence on the health, social and political quality of life of the impoverished in some of the most austere locations in the world within Africa, Asia and the Middle East. His work in the fields of Nutrition and Geography are highly acclaimed. 


His academic credentials include a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Master of Arts (M.A.) in Paleontology from the University of California, Berkeley. He holds a Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Geography from the University of California, Davis. His Ph.D. reflects an extensive focus on food science-nutrition related topics.


In 1962, Dr. Grivetti began his long public career as a Health Services Officer with the United States Public Health Service, where he served as a Lieutenant in the Division of Water Supply and Pollution Control in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1964, he became a Research Associate in the Division of Nutrition in the Department of Biochemistry at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Between 1973-1975, Louis served as an Administrative Officer for the Meharry Medical College and attached to the Ministry of Health in Gaborone, Republic of Botswana.


In 1976, Dr. Grivetti was appointed Assistant Professor of Geography and Nutrition at the University of California (UC), Davis. His tenure at UC Davis has included positions of Associate Professor of Geography and Nutrition, Chair of the Graduate Program in Nutrition, and Professor of Nutrition. Dr. Grivetti holds many honors and awards among them the Richard Nixon Visiting Professorship at Whittier College, Institute of Food Technology Scientific Lecturer for the United States, Distinguished Lectureship for the Nutritional Sciences Council at Iowa State University and Visiting Professor at the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at Harokopio University in Athens, Greece. In 2004, he was an invited Visiting Professor for the Department of Molecular Biology and Nutrition at Oxford Brookes University in Oxford, England.


As a distinguished lecturer and researcher, Dr. Grivetti has provided essential research used to develop strategies to fight famine, promote self-reliance and modernization of  food technology throughout the world including Botswana, Egypt, England, Ethiopia, Greece, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Lesotho, South Africa, Thailand, and Viet Nam. In 1986, he was an invited delegate to the United Nations (U.N.) Conference on Nutrition and Technology in Dakar, Senegal. In 2002, he was invited speaker at the China food Summit in Shanghai, China.


Dr. Grivetti serves on several Editorial Boards to include the Cambridge History and Culture of Human Nutrition Project and the International Journal of Food Sciences. He serves as a Contributing Editor for Nutrition Today and Deputy Editor for the Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine.


Dr. Grivetti speaks Egyptian Arabic and is well versed in the social, economic and political issues of the Arab Middle East. Dr. Grivetti currently serves with distinction as Professor of Nutrition, Emeritus for the University of California, Davis.