Penny Gordon-Larsen


Ph.D., Professor, Nutrition

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, with particular expertise using data from the China Health and Nutrition Survey (CHNS). A major focus of my research has been on urbanization, capitalizing upon the 25 years of data from the CHNS that capture the dramatic environmental changes occurring with urbanization and the impact on lifestyle and cardiometabolic diseases. At the core of this work is the focus on the interplay between environment, biology, behavior and disease. 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. I currently hold two National Institute of Health (NIH) R01s using the CHNS data, one focused on the effects of urbanization on the human microbiome and metabolome and another on complex pathways from urbanization to cardiometabolic disease. I hold a US-based NIH R01 on gene-environment interactions in relation to obesity and cardiometabolic disease and another two R01s on the built environment and health outcomes. I am also actively engaged in a clinical research, with a grant focused on trans-disciplinary collaborative clinical care locally and globally to improve diabetes outcomes. 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. As PI or Co-Investigator on many related NIH-funded grants, I have experience in research relevant for studying population health and nutrition in rapidly changing environments. I have worked with genetic, longitudinal biomarker, anthropometry, diet, physical activity, and geographic information systems-derived environment data using multilevel modeling and pathway-based analyses, including quasi-experimental designs. I am currently serving as President of The Obesity Society (TOS), a scientific community of 2,500 professionals dedicated to researching, preventing and treating obesity. As President of TOS I am fortunate to be connected with a diversity of scholars from around the world. I have strong research collaborations with CPC Fellows Popkin, Adair, Guilkey, Herring, Thompson, as well as with Aiello, Albrecht, Mendez, Harris, and Bollen.

Primary Research Areas:

  • Population Health

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