Dr. Amanda Wendt

Working Group Leader

Amanda joined PIK in 2019 and leads the Climate Change and Health Working Group. She graduated from Emory University in 2014 with a PhD in Nutrition and Health Sciences. Her dissertation focused on an evaluation of the government’s iron and folic acid supplementation of pregnant women during antenatal care in Bihar, India. After this she joined the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit at the Heidelberg Institute of Global Health and worked with the Food and Agriculture Approaches to Reducing Malnutrition (FAARM) trial in Sylhet, Bangladesh. She was awarded a Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellowship and a Thrasher Early Career Award in 2016 to examine the etiology of anemia in the FAARM population. Her research interests include climate impacts on health and nutrition, maternal and child nutrition, micronutrient deficiencies, mixed methods, and program evaluation.


Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam


Wendt AS, Brintrup J, Waid JL, Kader A, Lambrecht NJ, Gabrysch S: Thalassemia and hemoglobinopathy prevalence in a community-based sample in Sylhet, Bangladesh. Orphanet J Rare Dis 2023, 18:192.

Young MF, Oaks BM, Rogers HP, Tandon S, Martorell R, Dewey KG, Wendt AS: Maternal low and high hemoglobin concentrations and associations with adverse maternal and infant health outcomes: an updated global systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2023, 23:264.

Lambrecht NJ, Waid JL, Wendt AS, Sobhan S, Kader A, Gabrysch S: Impact of a Homestead Food Production program on poultry rearing and egg consumption: A cluster-randomized controlled trial in Bangladesh. Maternal & Child Nutrition 2023, 19:e13505.

Lambrecht NJ, Müller-Hauser AA, Sobhan S, Schmidt WP, Huda TMN, Waid JL, Wendt AS, Kader A, Gabrysch S: Effect of a Homestead Food Production Program on the Prevalence of Diarrhea and Acute Respiratory Infection in Children in Sylhet, Bangladesh: A Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial. Am J Trop Med Hyg 2023.

Chandramohan S, Salinger A, Wendt AS, Waid JL, Kalam MA, Delea M, Comeau D, Sobhan S, Gabrysch S, Sinharoy S: Diagnosing Norms and Norm Change in Rural Bangladesh: An Exploration of Gendered Social Norms and Women's Empowerment. In Social Science Research Network 2023.

Waid JL, Wendt AS, Sinharoy SS, Kader A, Gabrysch S: Impact of a homestead food production program on women's empowerment: Pro-WEAI results from the FAARM trial in Bangladesh. World Development 2022, 158:106001.

Sobhan S, Müller-Hauser AA, Huda TMN, Waid JL, Gautam OP, Gon G, Wendt AS, Gabrysch S: Design, delivery, and determinants of uptake: findings from a food hygiene behavior change intervention in rural Bangladesh. BMC Public Health 2022, 22:887.

Müller-Hauser AA, Sobhan S, Huda TMN, Waid JL, Wendt AS, Islam MA, Rahman M, Gabrysch S: Key Food Hygiene Behaviors to Reduce Microbial Contamination of Complementary Foods in Rural Bangladesh. Am J Trop Med Hyg 2022.

Dupuis S, Hennink MM, Wendt AS, Waid JL, Kalam A, Gabrysch S, Sinharoy SS: Women’s empowerment through homestead food production in rural Bangladesh. BMC Public Health 2022, 22:134.

Sutradhar I, Jackson-deGraffenried M, Akter S, McMahon SA, Waid JL, Schmidt HP, Wendt AS, Gabrysch S. (2021): Introducing urine-enriched biochar-based fertilizer for vegetable production: Acceptability and results from rural Bangladesh. Environment, Development and Sustainability. doi: 10.1007/s10668-020-01194-y

Sparling TM, Waid JL, Wendt AS, Gabrysch S. (2020): Depression among women of reproductive age in rural Bangladesh is linked to food security, diets and nutrition. Public Health Nutrition, 23(4):660-73.

Young MF, Oaks BM, Tandon S, Martorell R, Dewey KG, Wendt AS. Maternal hemoglobin concentrations across pregnancy and maternal and child health: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2019.

Wendt AS, Waid JL, Gabrysch S. Dietary Factors Moderate the Relation between Groundwater Iron and Anemia in Women and Children in Rural Bangladesh. Curr Dev Nutr. 2019;3(10):nzz093.

Wendt AS, Sparling TM, Waid JL, Mueller AA, Gabrysch S. Food and Agricultural Approaches to Reducing Malnutrition (FAARM): protocol for a cluster-randomised controlled trial to evaluate the impact of a Homestead Food Production programme on undernutrition in rural Bangladesh. BMJ Open. 2019;9(7):e031037.

Wendt AS, Stephenson R, Young MF, Verma P, Srikantiah S, Webb-Girard A, et al. Identifying bottlenecks in the iron and folic acid supply chain in Bihar, India: a mixed-methods study. BMC Health Serv Res. 2018;18(1):281.

Wendt A, Ramakrishnan U. Interpregnancy intervals and birth spacing. In: Karakochuk CD, Whitfield KC, Green TJ, Kraemer K, editors. The biology of the first 1,000 days. Boca Raton, Florida, USA: CRC Press; 2018. p. 439-57.

Sinharoy SS, Waid JL, Haardorfer R, Wendt A, Gabrysch S, Yount KM. Women's dietary diversity in rural Bangladesh: Pathways through women's empowerment. Matern Child Nutr. 2018;14(1).

Wendt A, Stephenson R, Young M, Webb-Girard A, Hogue C, Ramakrishnan U, et al. Individual and facility-level determinants of iron and folic acid receipt and adequate consumption among pregnant women in rural Bihar, India. PLoS One. 2015;10(3):e0120404.

Wendt AS, Jefferds ME, Perrine CG, Halleslevens P, Sullivan KM. Obese women less likely to have low serum ferritin, Nicaragua. Public Health Nutr. 2015;18(4):736-41.

Wendt A, Gibbs CM, Peters S, Hogue CJ. Impact of increasing inter-pregnancy interval on maternal and infant health. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2012;26 Suppl 1:239-58.

Gibbs CM, Wendt A, Peters S, Hogue CJ. The impact of early age at first childbirth on maternal and infant health. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2012;26 Suppl 1:259-84.

  • 2018: Rising Star, Gates Grand Challenges Annual Meeting
  • 2017: IUNS Travel Grant Awardee, IUNS 21st International Congress of Nutrition
  • 2016-2018: Thrasher Research Foundation Early Career Award, Thrasher Research Fund
  • 2013: APHA Annual Meeting Scholarship, American Public Health Association
  • 2013: Nutrition and Health Sciences Scholar of the Year, Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Emory University
  • 2013: Global Nutrition Council Student Prize, Global Nutrition Council, American Society of Nutrition
  • 2012: Community Building and Social Change Graduate Fellowship, Center for Community Partnerships, Emory University
  • 2009: T-32 Pre-doctoral Training Grant Recipient in Reproductive, Perinatal, and Pediatric Epidemiology,National Institute of Child Health and Development, National Institutes of Health
  • 2009: Division Scholar Fellowship, Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Emory University