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Dr Ling-Wei Chen


Ling-Wei Chen

Post Doc Research Fellow Lvl I
School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science
01 716 3485
University College Dublin, School of Public Health Physiotherapy and Sports Science, Woodview House Belfield Dublin 4


Dr Chen is a nutritional and life course epidemiologist with a passion for disease prevention. His research revolves around the influence of early life nutrition on offspring birth and later health outcomes such as overweight and obesity. With a primary degree in Life Sciences (1st class honour; specialized in Biomedical Science) and a direct PhD in Nutritional Epidemiology, he excels in clinical and epidemiological research. He is particularly interested in the Developmental Origin of Health and Diseases (DOHaD) theory, sometimes called the 'Barker's hypothesis'. He believes that a healthy start in life can positively influence population health trajectories and should be incorporated as a complementary strategy to battle the increasing burden of non-communicable chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases. Dr Chen has comprehensive knowledge of epidemiology, human nutrition (dietary patterns, micronutrients, macronutrients, specific dietary factors such as caffeine), statistical modeling, and child growth and body composition. He is also proficient in the conduct of meta-analysis as an efficient way to critically and systematically summarize evidence.


  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    University College Dublin, Ireland29 May 2017
  • Research Fellow
    National University of Singapore1 Jan 2015 - 28 May 2017
  • Research Assistant
    National University of Singapore29 Sep 2014 - 31 Dec 2014


  • BSc
    National Uni of Singapore
  • PhD
    National Uni of Singapore


  • Postdoctoral research fellow in early life programming
    University College Dublin, Ireland29 May 2017
    Postdoctoral FellowshipSupervised by Phillips CM
  • Research fellow in child growth and body composition
    National University of Singapore, Singapore1 Jan 2015 - 27 May 2017
    Pediatric epidemiologyPostdoctoral FellowshipSupervised by Lee YS
  • Junior predoctoral researcher in nutritional epidemiology
    National University of Singapore, Singapore1 Aug 2010 - 31 Dec 2014
    Nutritional EpidemiologyPredoctoral FellowshipSupervised by van Dam RM


  • English
    Can read, write, speak, understand and peer review
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
    Can read, write, speak and understand
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
    Can read, write, speak and understand
  • Malay
    Can read, write, speak and understand
  • Japanese
    Can read, write, speak and understand