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Zhila Semnani-Azad, Ph.D.

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University of Toronto, CanadaPhD08/2021
2022 - 2025
CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship
2018 - 2021
CIHR Canada Graduate Scholarships - Doctoral Award
Scott Grundy Fellowship Award in Metabolic Research

I am a research fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health passionate about integrating epidemiological methods and precision approaches to better understand factors that impact human health.
My primary research interest focuses on the role of obesity and associated lifestyle factors and its impact on cardiometabolic health. Currently, my work incorporates high-throughput omics techniques, specifically metabolomics, into traditional epidemiological analyses to gain insights into underlying mechanisms that could explain the associations between obesity and cardiometabolic outcomes, including type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. My work spans the life course with projects focusing on early childhood and into older adulthood from cohort studies based in North America and Europe.

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Funded by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences through its Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program, grant number UL1TR002541.