Department of Pediatrics
Behavioral Medicine; Pediatrics; Public Health and General Preventive Medicine
My current research focuses on epidemiologic analyses and interventions related to obesity. I am particularly interested in the developmental origins of obesity and cardio-metabolic diseases, including maternal diet,smoking,and other lifestyle during pregnancy, placenta, intrauterine growth, epigenetics, and infancy growth. I am also very interested in clinical intervention for pediatric obesity. Below are my ongoing research projects.
1) Etiological subgroups of small-for-gestational-age: differential childhood physical and cognitive development;
2) Vegetarian diet during pregnancy and prevention of gestational diabetes and offspring obesity;
3) Smoking cessation during pregnancy and lactation and offspring outcomes;
4) Infant diet and health;
5) Toddler's self-regulation and later healthy behaviors.