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Full-time Faculty Distinguished Professor

Ai Zhao, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Major Research Fields: nutrition and nutrition epidemiology.


2008-2013 Department of Nutrition and Food Hygiene, School of Public Health, Peking University, PhD


2020-Vanke School of Public Health, Tsinghua University, Assistant Professor

2013-2020 Department of Social Medicine and Health Education

School of Public Health Peking University, Lecturer

2017.Bloomberg School of Public Health, John Hopkins Univeristy,Visiting Schoolar


Maternal and Child Nutrition,Nutrition and Chronic Disease, Nutritional Epidemiology, Global Nutrition

Research Projects (Selected)

1. Bioavailability of docosahexaenoic acid from different region and stereo-isomeric positions of triglyceride in SD rats with insufficient intake of n-3 PUFA and its effects in BNDF related genes regulating, Funded by NSFC

2. Birth Cohort:Maternal and Infants’ Nutrition and Health Study

3. Effects of early Nutrition on Infants Gut Microbiota: Mediation Effects of Breast Milk

4. Transition of Nutrition and dietary behaviors in COVID-19 Pandemic

5. Children and Maternal Nutrition Survey in Myanmar

Publications (Selected)

1.Ai Zhao*,Zhongyu Li, Yalei Ke, Shanshan Huo, Yidi Ma, Yumei Zhang, Zhongxia Ren.Dietary Diversity among Chinese Residents during the COVID-19 Outbreak and Its Associated Factors. Nutrients 2020, 12, 1699.

2.Jian Zhang,Ai Zhao*, Yalei Ke, Shanshan Huo,Yidi Ma, Yumei Zhang, Zhongxia Ren, Zhongyu Li, Keyang Liu.Dietary Behaviors in Post-lockdown Time and its Effects on Dietary Diversity: the Second Stage of Nutrition Survey in a Longitudinal Chinese Study in COVID-19 Era.Nutrients 2020, 12(11), 3269.

3.Jian Zhang,Yumei Zhang,Shanshan Huo,Yidi Ma,Ai Zhao*. Emotional Eating in Pregnant Women during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Its Association with Dietary Intake and Gestational Weight Gain. Nutrients, 2020, 12(8):2250.

4.Ai Zhao*, Ignatius Man-Yau Szeto , Yan Wang, Ce Li, Min Pan , Ting Li, Peiyu Wang and Yumei Zhang*,Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice (KAP) of Dairy Products in Chinese Urban Population and the Effects on Dairy Intake Quality. Nutrients 2017, 9(7), 668.

5.Ai Zhao*, Hongchong Gao, Bo Li, Jun Zhang, Naing Naing Win, Peiyu Wang, Jiayin Li, Yumei Zhang. Inappropriate Feeding Behavior: One of the Important Causes of Malnutrition in 6- to 36-Month-Old Children in Myanmar. Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg., 2016, 95(3): 702–708.