Jun Dai, Des Moines University Department of Public Health

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

Associate Professor, Master of Public Health Program

Additional Roles
Associate Professor, Department of Public Health
Associate Professor, Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences Program

515-271-1367 (Office Phone)
515-271-4280 (Fax)

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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