Dr. Gugulethu T. Moyo

Gugu is an expert on maternal and child nutrition who has completed projects in Zimbabwe, South Africa, and beyond. As a Global Health Program Postdoctoral Scholar at Princeton, she is investigating malnutrition and child health in Laikipia, Kenya, in collaboration with Mpala Research Centre and other organizations. We’re very excited to follow and support her progress, and in the meantime we are endeavoring to keep her cheerful despite NJ winter weather.


Ph.D., Nutritional Science
Texas Tech University

M.Sc., International Public Health Nutrition
London Metropolitan University

B.Sc., Nutritional Science
University of Zimbabwe


Doctoral Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Awarded by The Graduate School, Texas Tech University, 2021 – 2022

Love of Learning Award, Awarded by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, 2021-2022

Jean Poteet Jones Memorial Scholarship, Awarded by College of Human Sciences, Texas Tech University, 2020 – 2021

Fulbright Fellowship, Awarded by the U.S Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs/Fulbright Commission, USA, 2018 – 2020

Delta Kappa Gamma International Fellowship, Awarded by Delta Kappa Gamma (ΔΚΓ) Professional Society for Women Educators, 2018 - 2020

African Nutrition Leadership Grant, Grant and Certificate awarded by African Nutrition Leadership Program, South Africa, 2018

Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Engagement Event Delegate, Selected and Funded by Research Council United Kingdom (RCUK), Hosted in Nairobi, Kenya, 2018

Planning and Implementing Production-Level Monitoring of National Flour Fortification Programs TOT Training, Grant and certificate awarded by Food Fortification Initiative and Nutrition International, Hosted in Nairobi, Kenya, 2017

Nutrition in Emergencies Scholarship, Awarded by Westminster University, UK, 2015

London Metropolitan/International Student House Postgraduate Scholarship, Awarded by London Metropolitan University, and International Students House, 2012-2013

Scientific Posts

from 2022
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Global Health Program,Princeton University
Mpala Research Center

Graduate Part-time Instructor
Department of Nutritional Sciences
Texas Tech University

Research Assistant
Department of Nutritional Sciences
Texas Tech University

Research Consultant
Zimbabwe National Food Fortification Core Group

Nutrition Consultant at Action contre la Faim (ACF), Zimbabwe.

Multisectoral Coordinator for the Multisectoral Community Based Model for Reduction of Malnutrition (MCBM) Project,
Nutrition Action Zimbabwe.

Institute of Food, Nutrition and Family Sciences
University of Zimbabwe.

Research Coordinator for an IDRC-funded Cultivate Africa’s Future Project
University of Zimbabwe, Action contre la Faim, and CIMMYT.

Co-founder of Nutrition Action Zimbabwe (NAZ), the first nutrition-focused local non-governmental organization in Zimbabwe, with current projects funded by UNICEF, USAID, and the European Union.

Nutrition Trainer
Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Network, Zimbabwe

Regional Anthropometry Supervisor
USAID Food for Peace Baseline Survey

Data Analyst (Graduate Intern)
London Metropolitan University

District Nutritionist
Ministry of Health and Child Care, Zimbabwe.

Research Assistant
Child Protection Survey, UNICEF, in Matabeleland Province, Zimbabwe

Additional Publications

Moyo G
, Stickley Z, Little T, Dawson J, Thomas-Jackson S, Ngounda J, Jordaan M, Robb L, Walsh C, Oldewage-Theron W. Effects of Nutritional and Social Factors on Favorable Fetal Growth Conditions Using Structural Equation Modeling. Nutrients, 2022; 14(21):4642.

Moyo G, & Jackson S. Chrononutrition: What’s Next? Clinical Lactation, 2022, 3 (3): 125-126.

Moyo G, Egal, A, & Oldewage-Theron, W. Exploring the prevalence of multiple forms of malnutrition in children 6–18 years living in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2022: 1–5.

Moyo G, Jackson S, Childress A, Dawson J, Thompson L, Oldewage-Theron W. Chrononutrition and Breastmilk: A review of circadian variation of immune factors and other components found in breastmilk. Clinical Lactation Journal, 2022, 13 (1): 7-15.

Katete P, Moyo G, Mushonga N, Matsungo T. Factors associated with feeding practices for children aged 6-23 months in Uzumba-Maramba-Pfungwe district, Zimbabwe. Journal of Applied Sciences in Southern Africa (JASSA). Special Issue. In press.

Moyo G, Montenegro-Montenegro E, Stickley Z, Egal A, Oldewage-Theron W. A structural equation modeling approach to examine the relationship between socioeconomic status, diet quality and dyslipidemia risk of South African children and adolescents, 6-18 years. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2021, 18 (23): 1-10.

Jamshidi-Naeini Y, Moyo G, Napier C & Oldewage-Theron W. Food and beverages undermining elderly health: three food-based dietary guidelines to avoid or delay chronic diseases of lifestyle among the elderly in South Africa. South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2021; 34 (sup1): S27-S40

Moyo G, Jackson S, Childress A, Dawson J, Thompson L, Oldewage-Theron W. Chrononutrition and Breastmilk: A review of circadian variation of hormones in breastmilk. Clinical Lactation, 2021; 12 (3): 114-124

Moyo G, Jackson S, Childress A, Dawson J, Thompson L, Oldewage-Theron W. Chrononutrition and Breastmilk: A review of circadian variation in breastmilk nutrient composition. Clinical Lactation, 2021; 12 (2): 74-82

Moyo G, Magaisa T, Pagiwa A, Kandawasvika R et al. Barriers and facilitators of exclusive breastfeeding: Findings from a barrier analysis conducted in Mwenezi and Chiredzi Districts. World Nutrition, 2020; 11 (3): 12-21.

Dembedza M, Nyanga L, Nhachi C, Gomora Z, Manema L, Moyo G, Mutonhodza B, Chidewe C, Determinants of nutritional status of children under three years of age in rural Zimbabwe: the case of Shamva and Makoni districts; Central African Journal of Medicine, 2020; 64 (1/4): 5-13.

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