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Weiwen Chai

Associate Professor

PhD, 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.

My professional expertise includes 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, and 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