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Associate Professor
- Adjunct

Contact Info

2024 E. Monument Street, Suite 2-600, Room 2-636

Research Interests

Epidemiology; Nutrition; Microbiome; Obesity; Type 2 diabetes; Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
Experiences & Accomplishments
University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
I am interested in the prevention of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease from the perspectives of life course, nutritional and microbiome epidemiology. I believe that primordial prevention of lifestyle and environmental risk factors, particularly in high-risk and nutritionally transitioning populations, provides the greatest opportunity to curb the epidemics of metabolic and cardiovascular diseases. As such, my research aims to identify early-life, modifiable antecedents of cardiometabolic disease in diverse populations locally and globally. Most recently my research has focused on understanding the determinants of gut microbiota and how they can be leveraged to prevent metabolic diseases. My research effort is partitioned among the Department of Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health; the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research; and the Johns Hopkins Food, Body and Mind Institute.
Honors & Awards
Marguerite Queneau Research Assistantship Award (2007), University of Minnesota, School of Public Health
Cecilia Goetz Memorial Scholarship (2008), University of Minnesota, School of Public Health
Ruth Stief Chair Award in Public Health Nutrition (2009), University of Minnesota, School of Public Health
Finalist, Jeremiah and Rose Stamler Research Award for New Investigators in Cardiovascular Epidemiology and Prevention, (2011) American Heart Association EPI/NPAM Scientific Sessions
Best of American Heart Association Specialty Conferences: Epidemiology 2011, American Heart Association Annual Meeting
2014 Epidemiology and Prevention Early Career Travel Grant, American Heart Association EPI/NPAM Scientific Sessions
Best of American Heart Association Specialty Conferences: Epidemiology 2014, American Heart Association Annual Meeting
Finalist, Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Poster Competition, Experimental Biology Annual Meeting 2015
Finalist, 2016 Lifestyle Young Investigator Award, American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2016
Recipient of the "AMTRA Award" for the 2019-2020 Academic Year at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (AMTRA = Advising, Mentoring, Teaching & Mentoring Appreciation)
Select Publications
Most recent publications
  • Mueller NT, Appel LF. Attributing death to diet: precision counts. JAMA. 2017. In Press.
  • Wang H, Mueller NT, Li J, Sun N, Huo Y, Ren F, Wang X. Association of Maternal Plasma Folate and Cardiometabolic Risk Factors in Pregnancy with Elevated Blood Pressure of Offspring in Childhood. American Journal of Hypertension. 2017. In Press.
  • Singh S, Karagas MR, Mueller NT (Senior). Charting the Maternal and Infant Microbiome: What Is the Role of Diabetes and Obesity in Pregnancy? Current Diabetes Reports. 2017 Feb;17(2):11. doi: 10.1007/s11892-017-0836-9.
  • de La Cuesta-Zuluaga J, Mueller NT, Corrales-Agudelo V, Velasquez-Mejia EP, Carmona JA, Abad JM, Escobar JS. Metformin Is Associated With Higher Relative Abundance of Mucin-Degrading Akkermansia muciniphila and Several Short-Chain Fatty Acid–Producing Microbiota in the Gut. Diabetes Care. 2017 Jan;40(1):54-62. doi: 10.2337/dc16-1324.
  • 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. International Journal of Obesity. 2016. Nov 30. DOI: 10.1038/IJO.2016.219.