Lu Qi, MD, PhD

HCA Regents Distinguished Chair & Professor, Interim Chair

Director, Tulane University Obesity Research Center
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Education & Affiliations

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


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 adjunct professor at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He has published more than 470 scientific publications and edited a textbook. 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). Dr. Qi is serving as Interim Department Chair. 

Research Areas

  • Nutrition
  • Genetics
  • Epidemiology


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


EPID 6500 Nutritional Epidemiology