Erin Ferranti, PhD

Phone: 404.727.5871



Erin Poe Ferranti, PhD, MPH, RN, FAHA is a tenure track Assistant Professor of Nursing at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University. Dr. Corwin is Erin's primary mentor and Dr. Dunlop is her co-mentor.

Erin's area of interest is focused on identifying dietary strategies to mitigate cardiometabolic risk burden in women of childbearing age who have had cardiometabolic complications during pregnancy.  In this BIRCWH K12 proposal, entitled “Microbiome, Diet and Persistence of Cardiometabolic Dysregulation in African American Postpartum Women, she will examine mechanistic determinants of within-race variability for the persistence of cardiometabolic dysregulation (defined by prediabetes/diabetes, prehypertension/hypertension and/or metabolic syndrome) in the postpartum timeframe in women who had gestational diabetes and/or gestational hypertension during pregnancy. This research builds on her graduate training and dissertation study which examined individual and family/social influences of diet quality and cardiometabolic risk status in 75 women within five years of a pregnancy complicated by gestational diabetes (GDM) where it was found that women with previous GDM had significant cardiometabolic risk factors and were consuming a suboptimal quality diet as defined by the Alternate Healthy Eating Index.  Higher levels of education and dietary self-efficacy were important predictors in determining healthier dietary patterns. Erin is very excited for the additional training and mentorship provided by the BIRCWH opportunity.  She plans to become an independent academic researcher and expert nurse scientist in cardiometabolic risk prevention. 

Click on the following link to see a complete list of Dr. Ferranti's published work in MyBibliography:

BIRCWH Accomplishments 2016-2017 

Awards received 

2016 - Fellowship, American Heart Association

Grants Submitted

Submitted Emory URC on 1/15/17 with Co-I Dr. Vas Michopoulos, Title: Role of the microbiome in diet-induced inflammation and alterations in reward neurocircuitry and appetite


September 2016 - Promoted to Tenure Track Position in Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

2016 – Board Member, Southeastern Primary Care Consortium, Inc. Atlanta Area Health Education Center

2017 – Board Member, Advocacy Committee; Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association


Ferranti, E. P. (2017). Microbiome and Maternal Obesity. Panel Presentation. Children's Environmental Health Translational Research Conference, April 5-7, 2017, Washington, DC

Ferranti, E. P. (2016). The Human Microbiome: A Hidden Determinant of Health. Invited Speaker for Panel Presentation on Biological Determinants of Health for the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science Meeting; Washington DC; September 2016.

McCloud, M., Ferranti, E. P., Bussenius, H. (2016) Engaging BSN Seniors in Public Health Nursing Leadership Practicums: An Academic and Practice Partnership Pilot between Emory University and the Georgia Department of Public Health.  Podium Presentation. Association of Community Health Educators (ACHNE) and American Public Health Nursing (APHN) Joint Meeting;Indianapolis, Indiana; June 2016.


Ferranti, E. P., Grossman, R., Starkweather, A., Heitkemper, M., (2017, under review). Biological Determinants of Health: Genes, Microbes, and Metabolism. Nursing Outlook

Mutic, A. D., Jordon S, Ferranti E. P., Thul T, Edwards S, and Yang, I., (2017, accepted).  The postpartum maternal and newborn microbiomes. American Journal of Maternal-Child Nursing

Jordan, S. Baker, B., Dunn, A., Edwards, S., Ferranti, E. P., Mutic, A. D., Yang, I., Rodriguez, J. (2016, accepted).  Maternal-Child Microbiome: Collection, Storage and Implications for Research and Practice. Nursing Research.

Hartman, T.J., Elliott, A.J., Angal, J., Block, T., Ferranti, E.P., Mitchell, D. C., Nickleach, D., Norris, J.C.,Breslow, R. A. (2016). Relative validation of a short questionnaire to assess the dietary habits of pregnant American Indian Women.  Food Science and Nutrition. doi: 10.1002/fsn3.440


2016 - Mothur Workshop; Detroit, MI

2016 - QIIME Workshop; Phoenix, AZ

2016 – present: Enrolled in ACTSI Certificate Program for Translational Research