Assistant Professor of Global Health
Dr. Jaacks’s research focuses on improving our understanding of the global drivers of the epidemiological transition from communicable to non-communicable diseases. Specifically, she is interested in the complex interactions between nutritional and environmental exposures within the food system and the role that these interactions play in the etiology of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
She has worked on a number of epidemiological studies in China, India, and the United States. Current projects include the quantification of circulating levels of persistent organic pollutants among adults in urban India and estimation of their association with incident diabetes; the longitudinal assessment of circulating levels of persistent organic pollutants, pyrethroids, organophosphate metabolites, and perfluorinated chemicals among youth with diabetes in the United States and estimation of their association with cardio-metabolic risk factors; and analysis of mediation of the association between cookstove fuel use and blood pressure by dietary intake in rural Chinese women. She is a co-investigator for a large, multi-country (India, Rwanda, Guatemala, and Peru) household air pollution intervention trial. She is also working on several projects relating to understanding drivers of food choice among overweight women in low- and middle-income countries, and new approaches to quantifying the nutrition transition.
Dr. Jaacks has served as a consultant for the UK Department for International Development on addressing overweight and obesity in low- and middle-income countries and for RTI International on policies to prevent diabetes in the United States. She is a Visiting Professor at the Public Health Foundation of India.
- BS: Cornell University
- PhD: The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill