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Bao, WEI

Formal Title:

Postdoc Fellow (Visiting Fellow)


Academic research and project management





6100 EXECUTIVE BLVD Room 7B03B, MSC 7510
Bethesda Md 20892-7510
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Rockville Md 20852



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.

Dr. Bao served 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 is the NICHD primary point-of-contact for biospecimen issues and a co-investigator in the ongoing Diabetes & Women’s Health Study ( External Web Site Policy; 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 a peer reviewer for Annals of Internal Medicine, PLoS One, Diabetes Care, American Journal of Epidemiology, Diabetic Medicine, Current Epidemiology Reports, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, European Journal of Public Health, and Journal of Epidemiology, etc.


Featured Items:

  1. Bao W, Tobias DK, Bowers K, Chavarro JE, Vaag A, Grunnet LG, Strøm M, Mills J, Liu A, Kiely M, Zhang C. Physical activity and sedentary behaviors associated with risk of progression from gestational diabetes mellitus to type 2 diabetes mellitus: a prospective cohort study. JAMA Internal Medicine (formerly Archives of Internal Medicine). 2014;174(7):1047-55.
  2. Bao W, Tobias DK, Olsen SF, Zhang C. Pre-pregnancy fried food consumption and the risk of gestational diabetes mellitus: a prospective cohort study. Diabetologia. 2014 Oct 11. [Epub ahead of print]
  3. Bao W, Bowers K, Tobias DK, Olsen SF, Chavarro JE, Vaag A, Kiely M, Zhang C. Prepregnancy low-carbohydrate dietary pattern and risk of gestational diabetes mellitus: prospective cohort study. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2014;99(6):1378-1384.
  4. Bao W, Bowers K, Tobias DK, Hu FB, Zhang C. Prepregnancy dietary protein intake, major dietary protein sources, and the risk of gestational diabetes mellitus: a prospective cohort study. Diabetes Care. 2013;36(7):2001-8.
  5. Zhang C, Tobias DK, Chavarro JE, Bao W, Wang D, Ley SH, Hu FB. Adherence to healthy lifestyle and risk of gestational diabetes mellitus: prospective cohort study. BMJ. 2014;349:g5450.


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