Principal Investigator
Professor Zhang Cuilin MD, PhD, MPH

Professor Cuilin Zhang ( is full professor at the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, and the founding Director of Global Center for Asian Women’s Health, and the Lead for Population Health Studies of Asian Center for Reproductive Longevity and Equity.  Prof. Zhang holds an Adjunct Professorship at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  Before joining NUS, Prof. Zhang was a Senior Investigator with tenure and interim Chief of the Epidemiology Branch, Division of Population Health Research, NICHD, National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA. Prof. Zhang served in the NIH Nutritional Research Task Force Writing Group for developing strategic plan on national nutritional research in the next 10 years (2021-2030) and was the NIH Intramural Subject Matter Expert of multiple themes: Nutrition Across the Lifespan, Foundational Nutrition Science; Approaches, Methods, and Tools for Dietary Intake Assessment. 

Prof. Zhang is a clinical epidemiologist whose work unites biochemistry, genetics, nutrition, clinical medicine, and public health, and is at the interface of disease aetiology and prevention strategies in the arena of women’s and children’s health over lifespan and across generations.  She is leading a multi-disciplinary research program focusing on the improvement of women’s health through diet and life style modification, omics research, and early screening in general. One of the focuses of her research program is on nutrition and lifestyle, metabolic and genetic determinants, and health consequences of obesity, gestational diabetes and type 2 diabetes, and related comorbidities across the lifespan. Prof. Zhang was the recipient of the Director Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Understanding of Aetiology and Risk Factors of Gestational Diabetes, NICHD, NIH.

Prof. Zhang has initiated and led multiple large cohort studies on nutrition, gestational diabetes, type 2 diabetes, fetal growth, and children’s health by NIH (> $80 million as PI or Co-PI). Along with extensive epidemiological and clinical data as well as related biospecimen collected, these studies were well-designed for investigating a broad range of health and disease outcomes and early life precursors of perinatal, paediatric, and adult diseases based on a multi-omics platform. 

Prof. Zhang currently serves in the Oversight Advisory Committee for Women’s Health Research Network of the American Heart Association and is an Associate Editor for Diabetes CareAmerican Journal of Epidemiology, and Precision Nutrition.