Christina C. Dahm


Contact information
Christina Catherine Dahm
Department of Public Health – Section for Epidemiology
Bartholins Allé 2
Building 1260, office 2.20
DK-8000 Aarhus C

Telephone: +45 23321875
AU profile:

Born: April 14, 1980

ORCID: 0000-0003-0481-2893

2006-2007: MSc Epidemiology, LSHTM, UK Dissertation: ‘What influence does maternal diet have on fetal growth, as determined by ultrasound measurements, and infant size at birth?’
2001-2005: PhD, MRC Dunn Human Nutrition Unit/University of Cambridge. Thesis: ‘S-Nitrosothiol Formation in Mitochondrial Proteins’.
1998-2001: BSc(Hons), Van Mildert College, University of Durham, UK. Molecular Biology and Biochemistry; Class 2:1.
1996-1998: International Baccalaureate, Copenhagen International School, 43 of 45 pts.

Employment and positions
2015-: Associate Professor, Department of Public Health, Aarhus University.
2013: Visiting Scientist, Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston MA, USA. Primordial prevention of cardiovascular disease in women. (March-August)
2012-2014: Post Doc in DIPI (Diet and Prevention of Ischemic Heart Disease) project, Section for Epidemiology, Department of Public Health, Aarhus University. Investigating dietary patterns in relation to ischemic heart disease.
2009-2012: Post Doc, Department of Cardiology, Aarhus University Hospital, Aalborg. Investigating human adipose tissue fatty acid patterns and their relation to changes in body size, risk of cancer and of cardiovascular disease. Prognosis of common diseases according to body size.
2009-2012: External Associate Professor, Aarhus University (Occasional). Examiner and Project Supervisor on the Master of Health Science. Lecturing and group tutoring in epidemiology to medical students.
2008-2015: Distance Learning Programme Tutor, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM; Occasional): Project Supervisor and Study Design module tutor on the Distance Learning MSc Epidemiology.
2007-2009: Research Associate, MRC Centre for Nutritional Epidemiology in Cancer Prevention and Survival, University of Cambridge, UK. Investigating nutritional factors and dietary measurement tools in cancer risk. Coordinating collaborative research and pooled data analysis between 7 cohort studies.
2006: Postdoctoral Researcher, Diet and Cancer lab, MRC Dunn Human Nutrition Unit, Cambridge, UK. Development of techniques to determine protein nitrosation levels for investigating biochemical links between red meat intake and colorectal cancer risk. (February-April)
2005: Postdoctoral Researcher, Mitochondrial Dysfunction lab, MRC Dunn Human Nutrition Unit. Investigating mitochondrial protein thiol nitrosative modifications and their effects on enzyme activity. (August-November)

Scientific competences
Research areas:
Diet and lifestyle in relation to non-communicable diseases.

Personal awards and external funding
2016: AUFF Starting Grant "Diet and Genes across Generations" (3,000,000 DKK)
2015: Trudy Bush Fellowship for Cardiovascular Disease Research in Women’s Health (1000 USD)2012: Carlsbergfondet Postdoctoral Travel Grant for the project “Prevention of Ischemic Heart Disease in Women” (175,000 DKK)
2009: WCRF International Fellowship (2000 GBP)
2006-2007: MRC Advanced Course Studentship Award (14,500 GBP)
2001-2004: Cambridge Philosophical Society Research Studentship (500 GBP); Cambridge European Trust Part-Bursary (3,000 GBP); Downing College Postgraduate Bursary (150 GBP)

Research leadership and administrative work (selected)
Principal investigator:
2016-2017: “Investigating the impact of the age of dietary exposure measurements in studies of diet-disease association”. 
2018-: "Lifestyle and genetics across generations in risk of disease".  
2020-: "Sustainable diets and health".

Professional and committee memberships:2018-2022: Chair, The Danish Epidemiological Society.2018-2022: Chair, The Danish Epidemiological Society.2018-2022: Chair, The Danish Epidemiological Society.Dansk Epidemiologisk Selskab; Danish Obesity Research Center; Dansk Selskab for Adipositas Forskning; European Association for Cancer Research; International Epidemiological Association; Society for Epidemiological Research; Departmental Council, Department of Public Health, Aarhus University.
2018-2022: Chair, The Danish Epidemiological Society.

Peer review:
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition; American Journal of Epidemiology; British Journal of Nutrition; European Journal of Clinical Nutrition; European Journal of Nutrition; Obesity; PLoS One. WCRF International Regular Grant Programme.

Scientific publications
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Conferences and courses
2022: Society for Epidemiologic Research, Chicago, USA.
2017: Mendelian Randomization Conference, Bristol, UK.
2017: Society for Epidemiologic Research, 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, USA.
2015: American Heart Association Epi/Lifestyle Scientific Sessions, Baltimore MD, USA. Oral presentation.
2013: European Congress of Epidemiology, Aarhus. Poster presentation.
2013: SER 46th Annual Meeting, Boston MA, USA. Poster presentation.
2011: IEA 19th World Congress of Epidemiology, Edinburgh, UK. Poster presentation.
2010: “Dietary Patterns” Talk at a NuGO Workshop on "Novel methodologies for assessing food intake", Newcastle, UK.
2010: Copenhagen Obesity Symposium 2010.
2010: Workshop on Practical Approaches to Dealing with Measurement Error in Dietary Exposures. MRC Epidemiology Unit, Cambridge UK.
2008: NCRI Cancer Conference, Birmingham, UK. Poster shortlisted for British Oncological Association Young Investigator 2008 award.
2004, 2005: Biochemical Society Conferences. Poster presentation.
2003: Keystone Symposium. Poster presentation.

Please see for a list of activities.

Current research grants
2016: The Aarhus University Research Foundation, 3,000,000 DKK. Starting grant.
2016: The Aarhus University Research Foundation, 18,500 DKK. Guest researcher R. Keogh, 1 month’s stay in Aarhus. Project: “Investigating the impact of the age of dietary exposure measurements in studies of diet-disease association”.

Currently co-supervisor of 1 PhD student.
2012- Main supervisor on eight Master’s theses.

10+ years’ experience in teaching and 3 years’ experience as a course coordinator.

2015-: Deputy course director of the Master’s Degree Programme in Health Science, Aarhus University.