Early Childhood Associate in Research
Gizem Templeton serves as the Early Childhood Associate in Research at the Duke World Food Policy Center. Gizem's research centers on understanding how the food system affects early childhood nutrition and its interconnections with early childhood development. Before joining WFPC, she was a Senior Fellow focusing on connecting local food systems with child care centers through various Farm to Early Care and Education programs across the state of North Carolina. She earned her PhD in Food Science and Human Nutrition from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During her graduate studies she developed a biodegradable sensor to detect peanut allergen protein. She is a native of Turkey and has been living in the States since 2011.