Speaker Profile

Ph.D.,M.P.H., Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

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.

 Session Abstract – PMWC 2022 Silicon Valley

  • Fireside Chat with Conrad Vial, Sutter Health and Precision Medicine Practices
    - Conrad Vial, Sutter Health
    - Erika Vial-Monteverdi, RotaCare Clinics
  • Precision Approaches to Chronic Disease
    Session Chair: Jennifer Lovejoy, Seven
    - Noel Mueller, Johns Hopkins
    - Maureen K. O'Connor, ZealCare
    - Sunjya K. Schweig, California Center For Functional Medicine (CCFM)
  • DNA-based Weight Loss Interventions: What Have We Learned?
    Session Chair: Jennifer Lovejoy, Seven
    - George Bray, Pennington Biomedical Research Center
    - Christopher Gardner, Stanford
  • A Scalable, Secure, and Interoperable Platform for Diabetes Detection and Management
    Session Chair: Mike Snyder, Stanford
    - Jessilyn Dunn, Duke
    - Jonathan Long, Stanford
  • Illumina Accelerator Session
    Co-Chairs: Amanda Cashin, Illumina Accelerator & Marc Martin-Casas, Illumina Accelerator
    - Trevor Levin, Convergent
    - Rhidi Tariyal, NextGen Jane
    - Kareem Barghouti, VastBiome