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Weiwen Chai Associate Professor

Ph.D., Human Nutrition, University of Wyoming, 2004
NIH Postdoc Fellowship, Nutritional Epidemiology and Behavioral Cancer Prevention, University of Hawaii Cancer Center, 2009-2011

As a nutritionist with extensive training in behavioral, epidemiology and basic science, my goal is to understand the etiology of obesity and cancer and to contribute to strategies of chronic disease prevention. I am interested in studying how dietary, lifestyle, behavioral, socioeconomic, and biological factors influence the development of obesity and cancer through epidemiological studies and behavioral interventions.

Areas of expertise
  • clinical and behavioral intervention studies in adults and children
  • nutritional epidemiology and dietary analyses within large cohorts
  • survey development and validation
  • assessment of nutrition intervention
  • multiple publications related to obesity, cancer and ethnic differences in disease risk
  • analyses examining nutritional and inflammatory biomarkers with the risk of chronic diseases

Professional Highlights

2011-Present: American Society of Nutrition, Full Member2009-Present: American Association for Cancer Research, Associate Member2015–Present: Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior, Full Member