Dean Mozaffarian - Research Team

Dean Mozaffarian's Research Team

Dimitra Karageorgou

Dimitra Karageorgou is a postdoctoral fellow at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University in the research team of Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian. Her research interests are directed towards exploring associations between consumption patterns and non-communicable diseases across diverse populations. She realized her Ph.D. in Nutritional Epidemiology at the Agricultural University of Athens, Greece. Her Ph.D. thesis investigated the dietary patterns in the adult Greek population and their association with lifestyle factors and cardiovascular disease.

Yujin Lee

Yujin Lee is a postdoctoral fellow at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University under the mentorship of Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian. Her research interests include modeling the effectiveness fiscal policy strategies to improve diet and chronic disease outcomes in the US, and the relationships between circulating plasma phospholipid fatty acids and various health outcomes. She completed her PhD in Nutritional Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University.

Heidi Lai

I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and I’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.

Jianyi Zhang

Jianyi joined Dr. Mozaffarian’s research group as a Biostatistician in September 2015, and is currently involved in the Global Dietary Database project. Previously he was a statistical research coordinator in the Department of Surgery, Sepsis and Critical Illness Research Center, University of Florida where he managed the database for the clinical trial to study long-term outcomes in patients treated for sepsis in the surgical and trauma intensive care units and performed statistical analyses for various research projects in the department.

Adeem Tahira

Originally from North Carolina, Adeem graduated with a BS in Nutrition Science from East Carolina University. She joined the group in 2015 and currently works on the Global Dietary Database project, collating sources of dietary intake data from data sparse regions including South Asia, Central Asia, and Latin America.

Masha Leah Shulkin

Received her BS in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan, where she studied neuroplasticity following cochlear implantation. She joined Dr. Mozaffarian’s group as a Junior Research Fellow in 2014, and her current work focuses on evaluating nutrient intake and global dietary patterns for the Global Dietary Database, in addition to a meta-analysis on the effectiveness of food regulation policies.

Peilin Shi

Peilin joined Dr. Mozaffarian’s research group as a Research Analyst/Statistician in 2009. Before coming to the Tufts Friedman School and the Harvard School of Public Health, he was at the Aging Brain Center, Hebrew Senior Life in Boston. He moved from Canada to the United States with his family in 2007. While in Canada, he was a research associate at the Center for Clinical Epidemiology & Evaluation, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia, starting from 2004.

Daniel Marsden

Daniel joined the Nutrition Epidemiology Research Team at the Friedman School in 2015 as a Junior Research Fellow, and is researching global dietary intake patterns. He received his B.S. in Biochemistry from Northeastern University in 2013 and spent 9 months as a Fulbright Scholar in South Africa to research the epidemiology of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in the Western Cape. He is interested in how factors such as tradition, education, socioeconomic status, and access to nutrition affect dietary intake patterns and contribute to disease and affect health disparities.

Sarah Kranz

Sarah is a Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist (RDN) who received her B.S. in Dietetics from the University of Connecticut in 2015. Her research experience includes clinical research in nutrition and laboratory research on the antioxidant ability of chokeberries. Sarah joined Dr. Mozaffarian's research group as a junior research fellow in July 2015 and works on meta-analysis and systematic reviews of diet and disease in mothers and children.

Fred Cudhea

Fred received his PhD in Biostatistics from Harvard University, where he developed methods for modelling and performing quantitative risk assessment on hierarchical outcomes in developmental toxicity assays. He joined Dr. Mozaffarian’s group in 2014 as a Research Analyst-Statistician, and is currently working on developing a Bayesian hierarchical model to impute means of dietary and nutritional factors for the Global Dietary Database. He also works on comparative risk assessment studies of US mortality attributable to dietary factors.

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