Jun Dai, Des Moines University Department of Public Health

Jun Dai, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D.

Areas of Expertise

I am an Associate Professor in the Master’s Program of Public Health (MPH) and an NIH-funded Principal Investigator. I received my MD in 1991 and 1995 from China and PhD from Emory University in 2008 in the U.S. I previously worked as an Assistant Professor at Indiana University – Bloomington and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in the U.S.

I study cardiometabolic diseases (such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity), nutrition and other environmental factors, epigenetics [(hydroxy)methylation and miRNA] and other pathophysiological mechanisms among twins and other populations.

Courses I teach include Public Health Biology, Epidemiology, and Basic Statistics. Previously, I taught Cardiovascular Epidemiology and Independent Study.

I believe that students come to our program to satisfy their thirst for knowledge and prepare for a better career. I can help them achieve both goals. As a result, I will positively impact others, which makes my life meaningful.

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Professional and Community Service

  • Member, Departmental Curriculum Committee, 2021-2022
  • Chairperson-Elect, College of Health Sciences 2021-2022
  • Member, University Faculty Leadership Committee 2021-2022
  • Member, University Bylaws Committee 2020-2022
  • Member, Topical Advisory Panel, Journal entitled “Biology” 2021 – present
  • Ad hoc Journal reviewer
  • Other need-based services

Ph.D., Nutrition and Health Sciences concentrating on Epidemiology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
M.Sc., Nutrition and Food Hygiene concentrating on Clinical Nutrition Sun Yat-sen University of Medical Sciences, Guangzhou, Guangdong, PR China
M.D., Medicine with specialty in Clinical Nutrition, Sun Yat-sen University of Medical Sciences, Guangzhou, Guangdong, PR China

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