Job title: Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology Chair, Department of Nutrition

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Academic Areas: cardio-metabolic diseases; obesity and type 2 diabetes; cardiovascular disease

Research Interests:

    1, Epidemiology and prevention of cardio-metabolic diseases through diet and lifestyle.

    2, Gene-environment interactions and risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

    3, Nutritional metabolomics in type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

    4, Obesity, metabolic phenotypes, and cardiovascular disease in Chinese populations.

Dr. Hu’s research has focused on diet/lifestyle, metabolic, and genetic determinants of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease (CVD). He is the Principal Investigator of the diabetes component of the Nurses’ Health Study. He also leads two NIH-funded projects to study Mediterranean dietary interventions, plasma metabolites, and risk of diabetes and CVD in the PREDIMED trial. Dr. Hu’s group has conducted detailed analyses of many dietary and lifestyle factors and risk of diabetes and CVD, including sugar-sweetened beverages, coffee, red meat, saturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, iron, and dietary patterns. These findings have contributed to current public health recommendations and policies for prevention of chronic diseases.  Dr. Hu’s group has also identified novel biomarkers (e.g., adipokines and nutrient metabolites) and gene-environment interactions in relation to risk of obesity and diabetes by integrating cutting-edge omics technologies into epidemiological studies (Systems Epidemiology approach). In addition, Dr. Hu has been collaborating with researchers from China to study nutrition transition, metabolic phenotypes, and cardiovascular disease in Chinese populations.

Academic Degrees

M.D., 1988, Tongji Medical University, China
M.P.H., 1994, University of Illinois at Chicago
Ph.D., 1996, University of Illinois at Chicago

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