Zhila Semnani-Azad
Research Fellows

Zhila Semnani-Azad

Research Fellow




I am a research fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health passionate about integrating epidemiological methods and precision approaches to better understand factors that impact human health.
My primary research interest focuses on the role of obesity and associated lifestyle factors and its impact on cardiometabolic health. Currently, my work incorporates high-throughput omics techniques, specifically metabolomics, into traditional epidemiological analyses to gain insights into underlying mechanisms that could explain the associations between obesity and cardiometabolic outcomes, including type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. My work spans the life course with projects focusing on early childhood and into older adulthood from cohort studies based in North America and Europe.

PhD, 08/2021
University of Toronto, Canada

CIHR Canada Graduate Scholarships - Doctoral Award2018-2021
Canadian Institutes of Health Research

CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship2022-2025
Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Scott Grundy Fellowship Award in Metabolic Research
American Heart Association Lifestyle Council