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Diane Gilbert-Diamond, ScD

Associate Professor of Epidemiology
Associate Professor of Community and Family Medicine

Community and Family Medicine

Dartmouth College, AB
Harvard School of Public Health, ScD

Norris Cotton Cancer Center
Program in Experimental and Molecular Medicine

Contact Information:

Hinman 7927
Rubin Building
One Medical Center Drive
Lebanon NH 03756

Office: 874
Phone: 603-653-3362
Fax: 603-653-9093
Email: Diane.Gilbert-Diamond@Dartmouth.edu

Professional Interests:

My research lab focuses on gene-environment interactions related to child health. I am currently conducting an NIH-funded study that explores the relationships between specific obesity related genotypes, brain responses (measured via fMRI) and eating behaviors.

My research lab additionally focuses on in utero exposures related to child health. With the New Hampshire Birth Cohort Study, I am studying how common exposures to arsenic and Vitamin D impact child growth and health in early life.

Rotations and Thesis Projects:

• In utero arsenic exposure in relation to infant growth and adiposity during early life
• In utero Vitamin D exposure in relation to the development of allergies and incidence of infections during early life
• Genetic influences on the neurological response to food advertisements

Grant Information:

In utero arsenic exposure and early childhood growth (NIH/NIEHS and EPA)
In utero vitamin D exposure and early childhood immune function (NIH)
Children’s genetic predisposition to eat without hunger after food advertisements (NIH/NICHD)

Courses Taught:

QBS 130: Foundations of Epidemiology (Course Director)


Professor Gilbert-Diamond received her AB from Dartmouth College with a focus in Biology in 1998 and her ScD from Harvard School of Public Health with a focus in Nutritional Epidemiology in 2010. She then completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Geisel School of Medicine in Bioinformatics and was appointed to the faculty at the Geisel School of Medicine in 2012.

Selected Publications:


  • Gilbert-Diamond D, Baylin A, Mora-Plazas M, Villamor E Vitamin D deficiency and anthropometric indicators of adiposity in school-age children: a prospective study. Am J Clin Nutr 2010 Dec; 92:1446-51 (view details on MedLine)

  • Gilbert-Diamond D, Cottingham KL, Gruber JF, Punshon T, Sayarath V, Gandolfi AJ, Baker ER, Jackson BP, Folt CL, Karagas MR. Rice consumption contributes to arsenic exposure in US women. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2011 Dec;108 (view details on MedLine)

  • Saxena R, Elbers CC, Guo Y, Peter I, Gaunt TR, Mega JL, Lanktree MB, Tare A, Castillo BA, Li YR, Johnson T, Bruinenberg M, Gilbert-Diamond D, et al Large-scale gene-centric meta-analysis across 39 studies identifies type 2 diabetes loci. Am J Hum Genet. 2012 Mar; 90:410-25 (view details on MedLine)

  • Gui J, Moore JH, Williams SM, Andrews P, Hillege HL, van der Harst P, Navis G, Van Gilst WH, Asselbergs FW, Gilbert-Diamond D A Simple and Computationally Efficient Approach to Multifactor Dimensionality Reduction Analysis of Gene-Gene Interactions for Quantitative Traits. PLoS One 2013 Jun; 8:e66545 (view details on MedLine)

  • Gilbert-Diamond D, Li Z, Adachi-Mejia AM, McClure AC, Sargent JD Association of a television in the bedroom with increased adiposity gain in a nationally representative sample of children and adolescents. JAMA Pediatr 2014 May; 168:427-34 (view details on MedLine)

  • Gossai A, Lesseur C, Farzan S, Marsit C, Karagas MR, Gilbert-Diamond D Association between maternal urinary arsenic species and infant cord blood leptin levels in a New Hampshire Pregnancy Cohort. Environ Res 2015 Jan; 136:180-6 (view details on MedLine)

  • Lansigan RK, Emond JA, Gilbert-Diamond D Understanding eating in the absence of hunger among young children: a systematic review of existing studies. Appetite 2015 Feb; 85:36-47 (view details on MedLine)

  • Davis MA, Higgins J, Li Z, Gilbert-Diamond D, Baker ER, Das A, Karagas MR Preliminary analysis of in utero low-level arsenic exposure and fetal growth using biometric measurements extracted from fetal ultrasound reports. Environ Health 2015 Mar 30; 14:12 (view details on MedLine)

  • Beaulieu-Jones BR, O'Brien DM, Hopkins SE, Moore JH, Boyer BB, Gilbert-Diamond D Sex, Adiposity, and Hypertension Status Modify the Inverse Effect of Marine Food Intake on Blood Pressure in Alaska Native (Yup'ik) People. J Nutr 2015 May; 145:931-8 (view details on MedLine)

  • Emond J, Smith M, Mathur S, Sargent J, Gilbert-Diamond D. Children’s Food and Beverage Promotion on Television to Parents. Pediatrics 2015 In Press