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Xiaobin Wang, ScD

  • Zanvyl Krieger Professor in Children's Health
  • Director, Center on the Early Life Origins of Disease
  • Professor

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615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E4132
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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ScD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 1991
MPH, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, 1987
MD, Beijing Medical University, 1983


Dr. Wang is a board certified pediatrician, maternal and child health researcher, and  molecular epidemiologist.  She directs the Center on Early Life Origins of Disease.  Her work unites biomarkers, clinical medicine, epidemiology, and disease prevention. She has served as the principal investigator (PI) of multiple large-scale molecular and genetic epidemiological studies funded by the National Institute of Health and Maternal and Child Health Bureau, with a particular focus on environmental factors, nutritional biomarkers, genetic variants, epigenetic alterations, and their interactions in complex human diseases, including reproductive and pregnancy outcomes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, food allergy and asthma, as well as autism and other developmental disabilities. 

Dr. Wang and her team have established three large study cohorts (Boston Birth Cohort, Chicago Family-based Cohort, and Chinese Twin Cohort).   Along with extensive epidemiological and clinical data as well as related biorepositories, these cohorts are well-designed for studying a broad range of health and disease outcomes and early life precursors of pediatric and adult diseases. 

Dr. Wang has authored and co-authored over 200 publications and many of them appear in prestigious medical journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, and Lancet.  Her work has contributed to the understanding of environmental exposures, genetic susceptibility and gene-environment interactions in complex human diseases; and early life origins of chronic diseases.

Dr. Wang received her MD from Beijing Medical University in Beijing, China, and a master of public health from the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at Tulane University in New Orleans. She also received a doctor of science degree from the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health in Baltimore. She completed a three-year research fellowship in Environmental Epidemiology at the Harvard University School of Public Health and a residency in pediatrics at the Boston University Medical Center.

Most recent publications (selected from over 200 peer-reviewed publications)

  • Li M, Fallin MD, Riley A, Landa R, Walker SO, Silverstein M, Caruso D, Pearson C, Kiang S, Dahm JL, Hong X, Wang G, Wang MC, Zuckerman B, Wang X. Association of maternal obesity and diabetes with autism and other developmental disabilities. Pediatrics. 2016 Jan 29. pii: peds.2015-2206. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26826214
  • Nachman RM, Mao G, Zhang X, Hong X, Chen Z, Soria CS, He H, Wang G, Caruso D, Pearson C, Biswal S, Zuckerman B, Wills-Karp M, Wang X. Intrauterine inflammation and maternal exposure to ambient pm2.5 during preconception and specific periods of pregnancy: The Boston Birth Cohort. Environ Health Perspect. 2016 Apr 27. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27120296
  • Hong X, Sherwood B, Ladd-Acosta C, Peng S, Ji H, Hao K, Burd I, Bartell TR, Wang G, Tsai HJ, Liu X, Ji Y, Wahl A, Caruso D, Lee-Parritz A, Zuckerman B, Wang X. Genome-wide DNA methylation associations with spontaneous preterm birth in US blacks: findings in maternal and cord blood samples. Epigenetics DOI: 10.1080/15592294.2017.1287654 PMID 28165855
  • Wang G, Hu FB, Mistry KB, Zhang C, Ren F, Huo Y, Paige D, Bartell T, Hong X, Caruso D, Ji Z, Chen Z, Ji Y, Pearson C, Ji H, Zuckerman B, Cheng TL, Wang X. Maternal pre-pregnancy bmi, plasma folate level and child metabolic risk. JAMA pediatr. 2016 Aug 1;170(8):e160845. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.0845.
  • Mueller NT, Mao G, Bennet W, Hourigan S, Dominguez-Bello MG, Appel LJ, Wang X. Does vaginal delivery mitigate or strengthen the intergenerational association of overweight and obesity? Findings from the Boston Birth Cohort. Int J Obes (Lond). 2016 Nov 30. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2016.219. [Epub ahead of print]
  • A Prospective Birth Cohort Study on Pre- and Peri-natal Determinants of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities
  • Early Life Determinants of Obesity in U.S. Urban Low Income Minority Birth Cohort
  • Prenatal Multi-Level Stressors and Alterations in Maternal and Fetal Epigenomes
  • Preterm Birth, Maternal and Cord Blood Metabolome, and Child Metabolic Risk
  • Reproductive trajectory, neighborhood dynamics and preterm birth