Keli Hawthorne, MS, RD, LD

    Keli Hawthorne, MS, RD, LD, is the director for clinical research for the department of pediatrics with the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin. In addition to authoring almost 40 peer-reviewed publications on neonatal and pediatric nutrition, Keli is a frequent speaker to health professionals in national and international settings, including India, Nigeria, and Peru. She is the winner of the 2015 Texas Distinguished Scientist Award from the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and is a past recipient of the Emerging Dietetic Leader award and Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year.

    Keli worked at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston at the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center, focusing on calcium, zinc, iron, vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, and neonatal nutrition. She is a graduate of Texas Christian University (B.S., Dietetics) and Texas Woman’s University (M.S., Nutrition). She is a competitive swing dancer and loves being at her farm in Chalk Mountain, Texas.