Dr Rati Jani
Dr Rati Jani is a dietitian, with a particular interest in maternal and child nutrition, obesity, cultural influence on nutrition, food mapping, and diabetes.
Dr Jani is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian (AdvAPD) with the Dietitians Association of Australia. She completed her Masters in nutrition and dietetics from Griffith University (2008-2010) followed by her doctorate studies at Queensland University of Technology (2010-2014). Her doctoral thesis was innovative as it was the first study to examine child-feeding practices and its association with childhood obesity among Australian-Indians.
Building on her doctorate work, Dr Jani is currently establishing a multi-centric project (India-Australia-Greece) examining environmental and phenotypic determinants of picky eating in children and its association with their weight status. Dr Jani’s multi-country post-doctoral experience in India (2014-15), USA (2015-16), and Australia (2016-ongoing) furthered her clinical and research skills in undernutrition, genetic metabolic nutrition, and type II diabetes, and food mapping.
Dr Jani commenced her position at the University of Canberra (2017-ongoing) as Assistant Professor in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is the domain lead for community and public health nutrition.
Dr Jani’s advocacy role as a community nutrition expert includes her participation as a leading member of the Dietitians Association of Australia-community and public health nutrition, Interest Groups Liaison Officer for the Dietitians Association of Australia-Engagement and Development Committee, and member of the Early Childhood Education and Care national steering committee. Dr Jani is also a co-editor for the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition.