Title and Department
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Department of Medicine
Professional bio
Danxia Yu, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Epiedemiology within the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Dr. Yu’s major research interests include: epidemiology and prevention of chronic disease through a healthy diet and lifestyle; biomarkers and metabolomics in type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease; and diet-gut microbiota interactions and host cardiometabolic health. She 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.

Dr. Yu 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. Her future research will focus on diet, gut microbial metabolism, and human cardiometabolic health by integrating advanced metabolomics technology into epidemiological studies.