I am a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, a Core Faculty member in the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research. My research examines the nutritional, microbial, and environmental determinants of health across the lifespan, with the ultimate goal of identifying modifiable targets for chronic disease prevention and treatment. I believe that primary prevention of disease risk factors, in early life and among high-risk populations, provides the greatest opportunity to curb contemporary chronic disease epidemics and reduce health disparities. Accordingly, many of my investigations, in both local and global contexts, are in young, racially and ethnically diverse populations. A large part of my research focuses on the role of the human microbiome in nutrition and disease. I am particularly intrigued by the microbiome because it is amenable to intervention.
Sharpening Nutrition Science with the Microbiome
In this talk I will provide an overview of how the intestinal microbiota and their metabolites can inform more precise approaches to prevention and treatment of nutrition-related cardiometabolic diseases, including obesity, type 2 diabetes and obesity in both children and adults.