Dong Lab

Zhen Dong, DrPH

Affiliated Assistant Scientist


Dr. Dong received her degree of Doctor of Public Health from the Penn State College of Medicine. Her doctoral research focused on nutritional epidemiology. In 2017, she began working with OFAS as an intern and joined as a Scientist in July 2019. She brings experience in designing and conducting both retrospective and prospective observational studies, spanning ecological, cross-sectional, case-control, and multi-center cohort studies, in various chronic disease areas. In addition to her work at OFAS, she is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Health at Penn State. Dr. Dong’s recent work has focused on exploring the associations between consumption of sulfur amino acids and human chronic diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and cancer.

Dr. Dong’s research addresses three different diseases known to be affected by SAAR in animal models: diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. She will assess over time the reported intake of SAA versus diabetes morbidity rates, and any changes in relevant biomarkers; reported intake of SAA versus heart disease mortality and morbidity rates and changes in relevant biomarkers; and reported intake of SAA with cancer mortality and morbidity rates and changes in relevant biomarkers.

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    Dr. Dong will present at the webinar, “Sulfur Amino Acid Restriction – Moving from Animals to Humans”, for Aging Science Talks on October 20-21, 2021. The complete program, including information on attending the Zoom sessions, is available here.