Childhood obesity

Obesity is becoming the major epidemic of the 21st century, and we are studying this disease in an integrated way - from the perspective of genomics, microbiomics, and epigenomics. We are following a large group of newborn children until they are at least 3 years of age, and will be finding genes linked to the development of obesity in some of them. This collaboration includes clinicians, statisticians, and social scientists to obtain a multifaceted picture of this important phenotype. Collaborators: Ian Paul, Francesca Chiaromonte.


Research Assistant Professor

Research Technician

Press Releases

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. Polygenic risk score based on weight gain trajectories is a strong predictor of childhood obesity. BIORXIV, 2019.

Childhood Obesity DOI

. Child Weight Gain Trajectories Linked To Oral Microbiota Composition. SCI REP-UK, 2018.

Childhood Obesity DOI Press Release

. The Intervention Nurses Start Infants Growing on Healthy Trajectories (INSIGHT) study. BMC PEDIATR, 2014.

Childhood Obesity DOI