The University of Iowa

Wei Bao

Wei Bao, assistant professor, College of Public Health
MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Epidemiology, College of Public Health

 Dr. Bao has a broad background in biology, medicine, nutrition and biology. After he earned his medical degree in Preventive Medicine and PhD in Nutrition, he pursued postdoc training in Epidemiology from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health (NIH).  His primary research interest is diet, lifestyle, and biomarkers of diabetes and obesity. He served as a key personnel in the study design and implementation of a dietary and lifestyle intervention among postpartum women in China (Bao et al. BMC Public Health 2010). Currently, he is leading an interdisciplinary team at the University of Iowa to investigate the role of maternal nutrition, environmental exposure, and pregnancy complications in the development of childhood obesity and long-term health outcomes. His current research projects are funded by the NIH, Iowa State, and the University of Iowa. He has published more than 90 papers in peer-reviewed journals, including many appearing in high impact journals such as JAMA, BMJ, JAMA Internal Medicine, Diabetes Care, and American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, etc. 

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