Associate Professor, Public Health Nutrition
Niyati Parekh, PhD, RD is an Associate Professor of Public Health Nutrition in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health. Dr. Parekh received her MS in Foods, Nutrition, and Clinical Dietetics in 1997 and is a credentialed Registered Dietitian from India. In 2005, she earned a PhD in Nutritional Sciences and Population Health from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Thereafter, she was awarded a 2-year Department of Defense postdoctoral fellowship at the Rutgers-Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Dr. Parekh is a nutritional epidemiologist whose broad research interest is diet in relation to chronic diseases, particularly cancer, and has made important contributions to the relationships between diet, physical activity, obesity and cancer. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, American Cancer Society and the Steinhardt School. Dr. Parekh’s current research seeks to investigate the impact of obesity-related metabolic abnormalities, lifestyle and genetic factors in relation to cancer development among American adults. Additionally, she has contributed to eye disease research. She was one of the first investigators to describe the associations of vitamin D and eye health among older adults, for which she received awards. In the past decade, Dr. Parekh has led numerous community outreach activities related to nutrition in disease prevention in urban and rural settings in India and the US. She has authored several peer-reviewed scientific publications as well as popular press articles to communicate the intricacies of nutrition and health to lay persons. In future work, Dr. Parekh is interested in international health and issues related to racial disparities. As a scientist and humanist, she is committed to advancing the link between nutrition and cancer, while continuing to teach and participate in professional service.