Danxia Yu, PhD


Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Epidemiology

Brief Description

Dr. Danxia Yu’s major research interests include (1) epidemiology and prevention of chronic disease through a healthy diet and lifestyle; (2) biomarkers and metabolomics in type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease; and (3) diet-gut microbiota interactions and host cardiometabolic health. Dr. Yu has identified several dietary factors and novel biomarkers in relation to the risk and mortality of major chronic diseases by using resources from multiple population-based, prospective cohort studies conducted in China and in the US, including the Shanghai Women’s Health Study, the Shanghai Men’s Health Study, and the Southern Community Cohort Study. She has also played an important role in an international lung cancer cohort consortium involving nearly two million study participants from the US, Europe, and Asia. Dr. Yu’s future research will focus on diet, gut microbial metabolism, and human cardiometabolic health by integrating advanced metabolomics technology into epidemiological studies. Danxia’s general interests remain in nutrition (food actually), including cooking, trying new foods/restaurants, traveling, and watching movies/shows/documentaries about food and culture.



PhD - Institute for Nutritional Sciences
B.S. - Beijing Normal University