Xu Lin, MD, PhD

Xu Lin

XU LIN, MD, PHD is a professor at the Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences (SIBS) at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), as well as a distinguished professor at CAS and the director of the Basic Nutrition Research Branch at the Chinese Nutrition Society. She is also co-editor-in-chief of Nutrition & Metabolism. Having earned her PhD from Cornell University and trained as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina and Duke University, Xu became a professor at the Institute for Nutritional Sciences at SIBS in 2003 and served as the director for the Key Laboratory of Nutrition and Metabolism at CAS from 2008-16. She has served as principal investigator for a national genome-wide association study in China for type 2 diabetes as well as for the Metabolic Disease in Chinese National Precision Medicine Project. Her team discovered or confirmed about 300 genetic variants associated with type 2 diabetes and other metabolic abnormalities, as well as fatty acids, vitamin D, and iron metabolism. They also established a prospective Chinese cohort and found over 100 omics-based biomarkers related to diet/nutrients and/or metabolic diseases. Additionally, they conducted several intervention trails and found beneficial effects of flaxseed, walnuts, and brown rice on high-risk individuals. By conducting two intervention trials, Xu and her colleagues identified the dose-response of vitamin D3 supplementation and the effects of genetic and non-genetic factors on the intervention efficiency. So far, she has published about 100 papers, in journals including Circulation, Diabetes, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, and Nature. She was listed as one of the most cited researchers in China by Elsevier from 2014 to 2017. (Shanghai, China)