Deshanie Rai, Ph.D, FACN
Expert Scientific, Regulatory and Medical Affairs Consultant
Deshanie Rai, PhD, FACN is an accomplished scientist with > 15 year of industry and academic experience focused on developing, translating, communicating, and commercializing science in the health and wellness category. She has led the design, implementation and translation of preclinical and clinical studies across multiple therapeutic areas including gastrointestinal health and the microbiome. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at national and international meetings. She has supported the development of science-based products and the launch of differentiated claims and messaging initiatives focused on probiotics and targeted towards adults, children and infants. Deshanie has led Advisory Board meetings and moderated scientific panel discussions on a variety of health benefit areas including sleep, mental energy, functional nutrients, and gastrointestinal health. She has implemented education and awareness programs targeted towards health care professionals and consumers. She has been the recipient of several academic and industry awards including from Mead Johnson Nutrition, DSM and Bayer Health Care. Deshanie is currently an Associate Adjunct Professor with the Friedman School of Nutrition and Policy, Tufts University and a Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Consultant in the over the counter (OTC), dietary supplement and probiotic and prebiotic categories. She is also the Co-Chair of the Women in Science Chapter in the NY, NJ and CT areas where she co-led events focused on personalized medicine and tissue-agnostic oncology.