Faculty Profile

Wei  Perng, PhD

Wei Perng, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Nutritional Sciences

Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology
Assistant Director, Life Course Epidemiology of Adiposity and Diabetes (LEAD) Center
Colorado School of Public Health, Anschutz Medical Campus



Dr. Perng is a nutritional epidemiologist who focuses on maternal and child health. Her research interests fall under three lines of inquiry: (1) elucidating early-life determinants of childhood obesity and related metabolic sequelae; (2) identifying biological pathways that underlie excess weight gain during early life; and (3) understanding how maternal condition during the peripartum period predict her future cardiovascular and metabolic health. Dr. Perng conducts her investigations primarily in Project Viva, a Boston-area pre-birth cohort, the Early Life Exposure in Mexico to ENvironmental Toxicants (ELEMENT) cohort, a birth cohort in Mexico City.

  • B.S. in Brain Behavior & Cognitive Science, University of Michigan, 2008
  • MPH in Epidemiology, University of Michigan School of Public Health, 2010
  • PhD in Epidemiological Science, University of Michigan School of Public Health, 2012

  • Perng W, Hivert MF, Watkins SM, Newgard CS, Kenny LC, Kristal BS, Patti ME, Isganaitis E, DeMeo DL, Oken E, and Gillman MW (2015). Review: Metabolomics in the developmental origins of obesity and its cardiometabolic consequences. Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease; In press.

  • Perng W, Stuart J, Rifas-Shiman SL, Stuebe A, Rich-Edwards JW, Oken E. Preterm birth and long-term maternal cardiovascular health (2015). Annals of Epidemiology; 25(1):40-5

  • Perng W, Gillman MW, Fleisch AF, Michalek R, Watkins SM, Isgaiatis E, Patti ME, Oken E. Metabolomic profiles and childhood obesity (2014). Obesity (Silver Spring); 22(12):2570-2578.

  • Perng W, Gillman MW, Mantzoros CS, Oken E. Associations of maternal weight status and offspring cardiometabolic health during mid-childhood (2014). Annals of Epidemiology; 24(11):793-800.

  • Perng W, Rifas-Shiman SL, Rich-Edwards JW, Stuebe A, Oken E. Inflammation and weight gain in reproductive-aged women (2014). Annals of Human Biology; Epub ahead of print.

  • Perng W, Villamor E, Marin C, Mora-Plazas M, Baylin A. Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) are inversely related to development of adiposity in Colombian schoolchildren (2014). European Journal of Clinical Nutrition; Epub ahead of print.

  • Walter JR, Perng W, Kleinman KP, Rich-Edwards JW, Oken E. Early gestational weight gain is associated with weight change, waist circumference, and systolic blood pressure in a large cohort (2015). Obstetrics & Gynecology; Epub ahead of print.

  • Perng W, Villamor E, Shroff M, Pilsner JR, Liu Y, Diez-Roux, AV. Methyl-donor nutrient intake, total plasma homocysteine and global DNA methylation: the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (2014). Nutrition, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Disease; 24(6):614-622.

  • Perng W, Mora-Plazas M, Marin C, Baylin A, Villamor E (2013).  Global DNA methylation and development of adiposity in school-age children. PLoS One; 8(4):e62587.

  • Perng W, Mora-Plazas M, Marin C, Villamor E.  Higher iron status is related to slower linear growth in iron-replete school-age children (2013). European Journal of Clinical Nutrition; 67(6):646-651.

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  • American Society for Nutrition (ASN)        
  • Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER)
  • Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research (SPER)
  • International Society for Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD)
  • American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • The Obesity Society (TOS)