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Minghua Tang, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Nutrition

​12700 E. 19th Avenue, Mail Stop C-225
Research Complex II, Room 5023
Aurora, CO 80045

Office phone: 303-724-3248



  • M.S. University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
    Food Science & Human Nutrition
  • Ph.D. Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
    Human Nutrition
  • Postdoctoral fellowship University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO
    Human Nutrition

Research interests:

My research focuses on obesity prevention and treatment early in life, in combination with characterizing risk factors in early childhood that may increase or mitigate overweight and obesity development.  I have a special interest in the interplay of diet, behaviors and gut microbiome on growth trajectory and risk of overweight in infants and young children.  Our group recently discovered that different types of protein-rich foods have differential impact on infant growth and body composition. We are conducting mechanistic investigations with a focus on gut microbiome. Our goal is to advance the understanding of how early dietary and behavioral variables interact with gut microbiome to impact growth and risk of overweight. From there, we can develop effective interventions to promote optimal growth. We conduct human clinical trials, feeding studies and apply –omics techniques to our research.  

Current projects:

  • Impact of complementary feeding on growth and risk of overweight in infants.
  • Early-in-life iron exposure on gut microbiome development.
  • Predicting health outcomes of a Mediterranean diet via metabolomics of foods


2017      American Society for Nutrition Translational Research Award Finalist

2017      North America Chinese Society for Nutrition Travel Award

2016      Honorable mention at Pediatric Research Poster Session, Children’s Hospital Colorado

2015      American Heart Association Fellowship Award

2012      American Society for Nutrition Pfizer Fellowship Award

2012      American Society for Nutrition Energy & Macronutrient RIS Abstract Competition Award

2012      College of Health and Human Science Research Poster Competition Award, Purdue University 

2012      Interdepartmental Nutrition Program Poster Competition Award, Purdue University

2011      Bilsland Fellowship, Purdue University

2011      American Society for Nutrition Energy & Macronutrient RIS Abstract Competition Award

2011      Selected member of Purdue Graduate Government Award/Grant Review Committee

2010      Purdue University Graduate Government Travel Award