Xin Wang, PhD, MPH
- Research Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
Dr. Wang is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the
University of Michigan (U-M) School of Public Health. He received his Ph.D. in Epidemiology
in 2020 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at U-M from 2020 to 2021. Grounded
in environmental epidemiology, Dr. Wang is advancing his career by investigating the
implications of environmental exposures, such as metals and air pollution, on aging-related
diseases. These include cardiometabolic disorders as well as Alzheimer's Disease and
His long-term research goals are organized around three primary areas of interest: (1) to investigate environmental risk factors of aging-related diseases, especially metabolic disorders and neurodegenerative diseases; (2) to elucidate the mechanisms of aging-related diseases linked to environmental risk factors using biomarkers and metabolomic profiles; and (3) to identify susceptible populations at increased risks due to environmental exposures for more effective disease prevention and intervention. His overarching mission is to leverage this knowledge for more effective disease prevention and intervention strategies.
- PhD, University of Michigan, 2020
- MPH, University of Michigan, 2016
- BS, Wuhan University, 2013
Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias, Diabetes, Obesity, Heavy metals, Air pollution, Environmental Epidemiology, Exposomes, Mixture analysis.
In collaboration with Drs. Sung Kyun Park and Kelly Bakulski, Dr. Wang's research in the Study of the Environment and Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias (SEAD) systematically examines how environmental factors affect the risk of Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias. Utilizing Medicare claims data, his work also involves building risk prediction models for Alzheimer's Disease using machine learning algorithms that leverage exposome data.
In addition to his SEAD research, Dr. Wang has made significant contributions in the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN). This includes investigating exposure to metals, longitudinal cognitive decline, and Alzheimer's Disease biomarkers from mid-to-late life. Dr. Wang has pioneered research using novel blood-based biomarkers for Alzheimer's Disease in midlife to predict future cognitive decline. Alongside this, he has also investigated the health effects of exposure to pollutant mixtures on cardiometabolic outcomes including obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and metabolic syndrome.
Wang, X., Bakulski, K.M., Paulson, H.L., Albin, R.L. and Park, S.K., 2023. Associations of healthy lifestyle and socioeconomic status with cognitive function
in US older adults. Scientific Reports, 13(1), pp.1-12. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-023-34648-0
Wang, X., Mukherjee, B. and Park, S.K., 2018. Associations of cumulative exposure to heavy metal mixtures with obesity and its comorbidities among US adults in NHANES 2003-2014. Environment international, 121, pp.683-694. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0160412018312650
Wang, X., Karvonen-Gutierrez, C.A., Gold, E.B., Derby, C., Greendale, G., Wu, X., Schwartz, J. and Park, S.K., 2022. Longitudinal Associations of Air Pollution With Body Size and Composition in Midlife Women: The Study of Women's Health Across the Nation. Diabetes Care. https://diabetesjournals.org/care/article-abstract/doi/10.2337/dc22-0963/147568/Longitudinal-Associations-of-Air-Pollution-With
Wang, X., Karvonen-Gutierrez, C.A., Herman, W.H., Mukherjee, B., Harlow, S.D. and Park, S.K., 2021. Urinary heavy metals and longitudinal changes in blood pressure in midlife women: the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation. Hypertension, 78(2), pp.543-551. https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/full/10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.121.17295
Wang, X., Mukherjee, B., Karvonen-Gutierrez, C.A., Herman, W.H., Batterman, S., Harlow, S.D. and Park, S.K., 2020. Urinary metal mixtures and longitudinal changes in glucose homeostasis: The Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN). Environment international, 145, p.106109. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S016041202032064X
Wang, X., Karvonen-Gutierrez, C.A., Herman, W.H., Mukherjee, B. and Park, S.K., 2022. Metals and risk of incident metabolic syndrome in a prospective cohort of midlife women in the United States. Environmental Research, 210, p.112976. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0013935122003036
Goolge scholar link: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=1Pa-jp0AAAAJandhl