Shilpa N Bhupathiraju

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine

Associate Epidemiologist, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Assistant Professor of Nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

I am a nutritional epidemiologist, and my research focuses on dietary and lifestyle predictors of cardiometabolic diseases. I am particularly interested in examining these associations in groups with high cardiometabolic burden such as Hispanics and South Asians. My research group also utilizes -omic technologies, including metabolomics and proteomics, to examine diet-disease mechanisms and to identify dietary biomarkers. I am the PI of an NIH grant to examine saliva and plasma metabolomics of type 2 diabetes in a Puerto Rican cohort. As a co-investigator, my research team is involved in examining dietary biomarkers of dietary patterns and individual foods. Globally, my research has focused primarily in India where there is a rapid nutrition transition that is underway. We recently completed a Bill and Melinda Gates foundation grant to examine diet quality indicators in low- and middle-income countries. We currently have a community intervention study to examine the effect of diet and lifestyle changes on non-communicable diseases in Bathinda, Punjab. In addition to work in India, we collaborate with investigators in the US to examine metabolomic signatures of a plant-based dietary pattern and their association with cardiometabolic disease among South Asians living in the US