Wei Bao, M.D., Ph.D., is a postdoctoral fellow who joined the Epidemiology Branch in 2011. He earned both his medical degree and Ph.D. in Nutrition and Food Hygiene from Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China. He also earned a bachelor degree in Biological Science from Wuhan University in China. He was awarded the Scholarship Award for Excellent Doctoral Student granted by China Ministry of Education, Qiu Fazu Scholarship Award by the Qiu Fazu Foundation, and Travel Grant Awards (2009 and 2011) by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF).
Dr. Bao's main research area is diabetes and obesity epidemiology. His current focus is life course epidemiology of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), which includes three domains: (1) lifetime risk factors and etiologic markers of GDM, (2) dietary and lifestyle factors in relation to progression from GDM to type 2 diabetes, and (3) transgenerational health effects of GDM on the offspring. He is also interested in identifying genetic, non-genetic factors (e.g., dietary and lifestyle, etc.) and gene-environment interactions in relation to type 2 diabetes, obesity and long-term weight gain.
Currently, Dr. Bao serves as a principal investigator for a research project entitled "Supplemental Iron and Gestational Diabetes", which is funded by the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements (2012-2013; PIs: Drs. Katherine Bowers & Wei Bao; Mentor: Dr. Cuilin Zhang). In addition, he acts as a co-investigator and the NICHD primary point-of-contact for biospecimen issues in the ongoing Diabetes & Women’s Health Study (www.dwhstudy.org; 2010-2015; PI: Dr. Cuilin Zhang).
Dr. Bao serves as an Associate Editor for BMC Public Health (since 2012) and BMC Endocrine Disorders (since 2013). He also acts as an ad-hoc peer reviewer for Ann Intern Med, PLoS One, Diabetes Care, Am J Epidemiol, Diabet Med, and Endocrine.