Penny Gordon-Larsen


Ph.D., Professor, Nutrition
Associate Dean for Research, Gillings School of Global Public Health

CPC Office: 123 W Franklin St, Room 2123
CPC Phone Number: (919) 962-6110

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For over 20 years my work has focused on obesity and its cardiometabolic disease consequences, spanning genetics and the gut microbiome to behavior to environmental research using population-based data, primarily in the US and China. A major focus of my research has been on the integration of biological, behavioral, and environmental data, incorporating -omics data, such as genetics, metabolome, and microbiome data. As such, my research is highly trans-disciplinary and has allowed me to work with a range of scholars from the U.S. and around the globe, particularly in China. My National Institute of Health (NIH) funded-research uses data from: (1) the China Health and Nutrition Survey (CHNS) on the effects of urbanization on the human microbiome and metabolome and another on complex pathways from urbanization to cardiometabolic disease; (2) the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health) on the genetic underpinnings of obesity across diverse race/ethnic groups; and (3) the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) on the molecular pathways to cardiovascular disease with a focus on heterogeneity in effects by obesity. I also lead the Obesity Creativity Hub, which is a team science pan-UNC project focused on understanding of heterogeneity in obesity using animal models, population-based data, and a precision behavioral weight loss program. My work has received national and international recognition. In 2010, I received the Lilly Scientific Achievement Award from The Obesity Society, the top honor for mid-career scientists. I served as President of The Obesity Society (TOS), a scientific community of 2,500 professionals dedicated to researching, preventing and treating obesity and as Chair of the NIH Kidney, Nutrition, Obesity, and Diabetes (KNOD) study section. I am currently serving as Ad-Hoc to the Advisory Council of the National Institute for Diabetes and Digestive Diseases (NIDDK) and as Associate Dean for Research at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. I have strong research collaborations with CPC Fellows Popkin, Adair, Howard, Guilkey, Thompson, as well as with Aiello, Harris, and Bollen.

Primary Research Areas:

  • Population Health

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