Lu Qi

Adjunct Professor of Nutrition

Department of Nutrition


PhD in Nutrition and Epidemiology, Tufts University, Boston, MA
MD, Peking University Health Science Center
MS in Nutrition, Chinese Center for Disease Prevention


Dr. Qi’s major research interests include:

  1. Genetic/nutrition Epidemiology of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular complications, and obesity
  2. Gene-environment interactions in relation to obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease
  3. Lifestyle/diet intervention in prevention of obesity and metabolic disorders
  4. Application of metabolomics and epigenetics in epidemiology research

Dr. Qi earned his medical degree in China and doctor of philosophy at Tufts University in Massachusetts. Dr. Qi’s research focuses on the genetic, nutrition, and biochemical risk factors and gene-environment interactions in relation to obesity, type-2 diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. He is now HCA Regents Distinguished Chair and Professor at Tulane University and Director of Tulane University Obesity Research Center. He has published more than 250 scientific publications, book chapters, and edited a textbook titled ‘Gene-Environment Interaction and Human Diseases’. Dr. Qi serves as editor-in-chief for World Journal of Diabetes, associate editor for BMC Medical Genetics, and editorial board member for the Journal of Nutrition, Nutrition Reviews, the International Journal of Molecular Epidemiology and Genetics, and Frontiers in Nutrigenomics. Dr. Qi is a fellow of American Heart Association (FAHA), American College of Nutrition (FACN), and The Obesity Society (FOS).

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View Dr. Qi’s publications at his NCBI profile page