Niyati Parekh, PhD, MS, RD, is the Director of Doctoral Studies and Public Health Nutrition at New York University’s College of Global Public Health. In her early career, she worked as an oncology dietitian. While serving cancer patients, the importance of nutrition in cancer care became apparent to her and inspired her pursuance of a career at the intersection of biology, clinical nutrition and population science. After receiving her PhD in Nutritional Science (Epidemiology) and Population Health Sciences at the University-of Wisconsin-Madison, and completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Rutgers-Cancer Institute of New Jersey, she dedicated her professional and academic career to investigating the connections between nutritional and metabolic risk factors of chronic diseases in population studies. During her 11 year tenure at NYU, Dr. Parekh’s research has primarily focused on evaluating biomarkers and cancer incidence, mortality and intermediate outcomes of cancer in the Framingham Offspring Study. She was the Principal Investigator of The Cancer, Insulin Resistance, and Lifestyle (CIRCLE) Study, funded by the American Cancer Society, which examined obesity and glucose dysregulation as risk factors for developing cancer in the U.S. population. Findings from the CIRCLE study inspired her next project, The Healthy Eating and Living against Breast Cancer (HEAL-Breast Cancer) to provide breast cancer survivors with nutrition literacy programming. Over the past four years, she has organized two symposiums on “Alcohol and Health” and “Life Course Epidemiology” at the largest national nutrition conference, Experimental Biology. Dr. Parekh has also been interested in understanding early-life risk factors of chronic diseases, particularly infancy and childhood-related risk factors of adult cancers.