Heidi Lai
Postdoctoral Scholar

I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and Iā€™m part of the research team led by Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian. My current research focuses on the relationship between fatty acids and cardiometabolic health. Prior to this, I completed my doctorate degree in the University of Leeds (UK). My thesis investigated the dietary sources of (poly)phenols and the association with cardiovascular disease in the United Kingdom. My main research interest is the association between diet and chronic disease. In particular, the relationship between phytochemicals such as (poly)phenols, nutrients, food groups and dietary patterns, and cardiovascular disease and associated risk factors.


  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Food Studies and Nutrition with Honors, Class II Division (i), University of Leeds (Sept 2008 ā€“ July 2011)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Food Science and Nutrition, University of Leeds (Sept 2011 ā€“ March 2016)
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