Gang Liu

Research Associate

Department of Nutrition


My research interests mainly focus on exploring nutritional and lifestyle factors, as well as environmental pollutants, in relation to obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.


Ph.D., 2015, Institute for Nutritional Sciences, SIBS, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China

Selected Publications

  1. Liu G, Guasch-Ferré M, Hu Y, Li YP, Hu FB, Rimm EB, Manson JE, Rexrode KM, Sun Q. Nut Consumption in Relation to Cardiovascular Disease Incidence and Mortality among Patients with Diabetes Mellitus. Circ Res. 2019;124:920–929
  2. Liu G, Li YP, Hu Y, Zong G, Li SS, Rimm EB, Hu FB, Manson JE, Rexrode KM, Shin HJ, Sun Q. Influence of Lifestyle on Incident Cardiovascular Disease and Mortality in Patients With Diabetes Mellitus. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2018;71:2867–2876.
  3. Liu G, Dhana K, Furtado JD, Rood J, Zong G, Liang LM, Qi L, Bray GA, Dejonge L, Coull B, Grandjean P, Sun Q. Perfluoroalkyl Substances and Changes in Body Weight and Resting Metabolic Rate in Response to Weight-Loss Diets: A prospective study. PLoS Med. 2018;15(2):e1002502.
  4. Liu G, Zong G, Kana Wu, Hu Y, Li YP, Willett WC, Eisenberg DM, Hu FB, Sun Q. Meat Cooking Methods and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes: Results from Three Prospective Cohort Studies. Diabetes Care2018;41(5): 1049-1060.
  5. Liu G, Zong G, Hu FB, Willett WC, Eisenberg DM, Sun Q. Cooking Methods for Red Meats and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes: A Prospective Study of U.S. Women. Diabetes Care. 2017;40(8): 1041-1049.
  6. Jiao JJ, Liu G, Shen HJ, Hu FB, Rimm EB, Rexrode KM, Manson JE, Zong G, Sun Q. Dietary Fats and Mortality among Patients with Type 2 Diabetes. BMJ. 2019;366:l4009
  7. Qian F, Liu G, Hu F, Bhupathiraju SN, Sun Q. Plant-Based Dietary Patterns and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Prospective Observational Studies. JAMA Intern Med. 2019 (In press)
  8. Zong G, Liu G, Willett WC, Wanders AJ, Alssema M, Zock PL, Hu F, Sun Q. Associations between Intakes of Linoleic Acid and Incident Type 2 Diabetes among U.S. Men and Women. Diabetes Care. 2019
  9. Hu Y, Zong G, Liu G, Wang ML, Rosner B, Pan A, Willett WC, Manson JE, Hu FB, Sun Q. Smoking Cessation, Weight Change, Type 2 Diabetes and Mortality. New Engl J Med. 2018; 379:623-632.
  10. Dhana K, Haines J, Liu G, Zhang CL, Wang XB, Field AE, Chavarro JE, Sun Q. Association between maternal adherence to healthy lifestyle practices and risk of obesity in offspring: results from two prospective cohort studies of mother-child pairs in the United States. BMJ. 2018;362:k2486.
  11. Ma L, Liu G, Sampson L, Willett WC, Hu, FB, Sun Q. Dietary glucosinolates and risk of type 2 diabetes in three prospective cohort studies. Am J Clin Nutr. 2018;107(4):617-625.
  12. Ma L, Liu G, Zong G, Hu FB, Rimm EB, Willett WC, Manson JE, Rexrode KM, Sun Q. Intake of glucosinolates and risk of coronary heart disease in three large prospective cohorts of US men and women. Clin Epidemiol. 2018; 10:749-762.
  13. Liu G, Zong G, Dhana K, Hu Y, Blount BC, Morel-Espinosa M, Sun Q. Exposure to Perchlorate, Nitrate, and Thiocyanate and Prevalence of Diabetes Mellitus. Int J Epidemiol. 2017;46(6): 1913-1923.
  14. Liu G, Liang L, Bray GA, Bray GA, Qi L, Hu FB, Rood J, Sacks FM, Sun Q. Thyroid hormones and changes in body weight and metabolic parameters in response to weight-loss diets: The POUNDS LOST trial. Int J Obes. 2017; 41(6):878-886.
  15. Juan J, Liu G, Willett WC, Hu FB, Rexrode KM, Sun Q. Whole Grain Consumption and Risk of Ischemic Stroke: Results from Two Prospective Cohort Studies. Stroke. 2017;48(12):3203-3209.
  16. Liu G, Ding M, Chiuve SE, Rimm EB, Franks PW, Meigs JB, Hu FB, Sun Q. Plasma Levels of Fatty Acid-Binding Protein 4, Retinol-Binding Protein 4, High-Molecular-Weight Adiponectin, and Cardiovascular Mortality among Men with Type 2 Diabetes: A 22-Year Prospective Study. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2016;36(11):2259-2267.
  17. Liu G, Sun L, Pan A, Zhu M, Li Z, Wang ZZ, Liu X, Ye XW, Li HX, Zheng H, Ong CN, Yin HY, Lin X, Chen Y. Nickel Exposure is Associated with the Prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes in Chinese Adults. Int J Epidemiol. 2015;44(1):240-248.
  18. Liu G, Sun Q, Zhu MJ, Sun L, Wang ZZ, Li HX, Li Z, Chen Y, Yin HY, Lin X. Nickel Exposure and Prevalent Albuminuria and β2-Microglobulinuria: Evidence From a Population-Based Study. J Epidemiol Commun H. 2016;70(5):437-443.
  19. Liu G, Deng Y, Sun L, Ye XW, Yao P, Hu Y, Wang FJ, Ma YW, Li HX, Liu Y, Sun Q, Lin X. Elevated plasma tumor necrosis factor-α receptor 2 and resistin are associated with increased incidence of kidney function decline in Chinese adults. Endocrine. 2016; 52(3):541-549.
  20. Liu G, Zong, G, Richard D, Sun Q. Prevalence and Risk Factors of Taste and Smell Impairment in a Nation-wide Representative Sample of the U.S. Population: a Cross-sectional Study. BMJ Open. 2016; 6(11):e013246.
  21. Liu G*, Lu L*, Sun Q, Ye XW, Sun L, Liu X, Zong G, Jin QL, Li HX, Lin X. Poor Vitamin D Status is Prospectively Associated with Greater Muscle Mass Loss in Middle-Aged and Elderly Chinese Individuals. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2014;114(10): 1544–1551. (*co-first author)