Larisse completed a Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from the Federal University of RN – Brazil, and a Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition from UBC. She also received a certificate in International Project Management from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

She has previously worked in research studies assessing the nutritional status of low- and high-risk postpartum women in Brazil, and has also coordinated different research activities at UBC, including the management of ethics applications, cross-institutional invoices and study logistics, as well as training volunteers and RAs.


1. Daniels L, Gibson R, Diana A, Haszard J, Rahmannia S, Luftimas D, Hampel D, Shahab-Ferdows S, Reid M, Melo L, Lamers Y, Allen LH, Houghton LA (2019). Micronutrient intakes of lactating mothers and their association with breast milk concentrations and micronutrient adequacy of exclusively breastfed Indonesian infants. Am J Clin Nutr; doi:10.1093/ajcn/nqz047

2. Gurgel C, Grilo E, Lira L, Assunção D, Oliveira P, Melo L, de Medeiros S, Pessanha L, Dimenstein R, Lyra C. (2017). Vitamin A nutritional status in high- and low-income postpartum women and its effect on colostrum and the requirements of the term newborn. J Pediatr; doi: 10.1016/j.jped.2017.08.003

3. Gurgel C, Pereira L, Costa A, Souza M, Brito P, Melo L, Dimenstein R. (2017). Effect of routine prenatal supplementation on vitamin concentrations in maternal serum and breast milk. Nutrition; doi: 10.1016/j.nut.2016.06.015

4. Melo L, Clemente H, Bezerra D, Dantas R, Ramalho H, Dimenstein R. (2017). Effect of maternal supplementation with vitamin E on the concentration of α-tocopherol in colostrum. J Pediatr; doi: 10.1016/j.jped.2016.03.007

5.da Silva A, Ribeiro K, Melo L, Bezerra D, Queiroz J, Lima M, Pires J, Bezerra D, Osorio M, Dimenstein R. (2017). Vitamin E in human milk and its relation to the nutritional requirement of the term newborn. Rev Paul Pediatr; doi: 10.1590/1984-0462/;2017;35;2;00015