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Liwei Chen, MD, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor in Public Health Sciences

Liwei Chen
Dept of Public Health Sciences
Edwards 511
Tel. (864) 656-6694

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Dr. Liwei Chen is the Assistant Professor at Department of Public Health Sciences since 2013. Dr. Chen graduated from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2008 with a Ph.D. in Nutritional Epidemiology and a Master of Health Science (M.H.S.) in Biostatistics. Following that, she received a 1-year Post-doctoral Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) from the NICHD/NIH and joined the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUSHC) as tenure-track Assistant Professor in 2009.  Before coming to the United States, Dr. Chen received her medical training from Xi'an Jioatong University School of Medicine in China.

Ph.D. - Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
M.H.S. - Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health       
M.S. - Iowa State University                                   
M.D. - Xi'an Jiaotong University School of Medicine

Dr. Chen's primary research interests lie in nutritional epidemiology and chronic diseases prevention, including obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular diseases. Dr. Chen has extensive experience in study design (cohort and clinical trial) and data analysis (longitudinal analysis, survival analysis, complex survey design analysis, factor analysis, systematic review and meta-analysis, etc.).  Her specific interests include:
  • Diet and nutrition in relation to chronic diseases
  • Dietary approaches as a means to prevent and manage chronic diseases
  • Optimal strategies for identification of individuals at high risk of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases
  • Systematic reviews and meta-analysis for evidence-based medicine
  • Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER)
  • Electronic Health Information/Electronic Medical Records (EHI/EMR)


  • Chen L, Hu FB, Yeung E, Toaibs DK, Willett WC, Zhang C. Prepregnancy consumption of fruits and fruit juices and the risk of gestational diabetes mellitus: a prospective cohort study. Diabetes Care. 2012 May;35(5):1079-82 (IF: 8.087)
  • *Zhang Y, Hu G, Yuan Z, Chen L. Glycosylated Hemoglobin Levels in relationship to Cardiovascular Outcomes and Death in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. PloS ONE. 2012;7(8):e42551 (IF: 4.411)
  • Wang Y, Chen L, Horswell R,  Xiao K, Besse J, Johnson J, Ryan, DH, Hu G. Racial Disparities in the Association between Gestational Diabetes Mellitus and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes. Journal of Women's Health. 2012 Mar 2. [Epub ahead of print] (IF: 1.569)
  • Wang Y, Chen L, Xiao K, Horswell R, Besse J, Johnson J, Ryan, DH, Hu G. Increasing Incidence of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus in Louisiana, 1997-2009. Journal of Women's Health. 2012 Mar;21(3):319-25 (IF: 1.569)
  • Chen L, Zhang C, Yeung E, Ye A, Mumford S, Wactawski-Wende J, Schisterman EF. Age at menarche and metabolic markers for type 2 diabetes in premenopausal women: the BioCycle Study. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. 2011. 96(6):E1007-12.  (IF: 6.202)
  • *Zhang Z, Caballero B, Appel L, Gang Hu, Chen L. Habitual coffee consumption and risk for hypertension-a systematic review and meta-analysis, 2011, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2011. 93(6):1212-9 (IF: 6.307) 
  • Chen L, Caballero B, Mitchell D, Loria C, Lin PH, Champagne CM, Elmer PJ, Ard JD, Batch BC, Appel LJ. Reducing consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with reduced blood pressure: a prospective study among U.S. adults. Circulation. 2010;121:2398-2406 (IF: 14.595)
  • Yeung E, Hu FB, Solomon CG, Chen L, Buck Louis G, Schisterman E, Willett WC, Zhang C. Life course weight characteristics and risk of gestational diabetes, Diabetologia. 2010. 53:668–678 (IF: 6.551)
  • Chen L, Hu FB, Yeung E, Willett C, Zhang C. A prospective study of pre-gravid sugar-sweetened beverages consumption and the risk of gestational diabetes mellitus. Diabetes Care. 2009. 32(12):2236-41 (IF: 6.718)
  • Chen L, Appel LJ, Loria C, Lin PH, Champagne CM, Elmer PJ, Ard JD, Mitchell D, Batch BC, Svetkey LP, Caballero B. Reduction in consumptions of liquid  calories and sugar-sweetened beverages are associated with weight loss: the PREMIER trial. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2009. 89(5):1299-306 (IF: 6.307)

HLTH 8090-Epidemiological Research


  • American College of Epidemiology (ACE), Member, 2010-present
  • American Heart Association (AHA), Member, 2009-present
  • American Diabetes Association (ADA), Member, 2009-present
  • The Obesity Society (NAASO), Member, 2006-present
  • American Society for Nutritional Science (ASN), Member, 2001-present
  • Journal Reviewer: Circulation, American Journal of Epidemiology Diabetes Care, PLoS ONE
  • Diabetes Care, BMJ, Journal of Nutrition, etc.


  • 2011 - Scott Grundy Fellowship Award for Excellence in Metabolism Research, American Heart Association (AHA)
  • 2008 - NIH Postdoctoral Intramural Research Training Award (NIH IRTA Fellow), National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • 2008 & 2007 - Richard and Barbara Hall Award for innovative research conducted by graduate students and junior faculty in nutrition, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH)
  • 2005 - Elsa Orent Keiles Fellowship Award in Human Nutrition in International Health, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH)
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