Co-Directors

Zhao ChenZhao Chen is Professor of Epidemiology and director of the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (MEZCOPH). She is an affiliated faculty member of the School of Anthropology and a faculty member of the Arizona Center on Aging, Bio5 Institute and Arizona Cancer Center. Chen has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Beijing Normal University,  China and a Master’s degree in Physical Anthropology from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, also in Beijing. In mid-1990s, Chen received a PhD degree in  Anthropology with a minor in Nutritional Science, and a Master of Public Heath degree, both from the University of Arizona. She received extensive training in epidemiology during her postdoctoral work facilitated by a National Institute of Health (NIH) career development award. Dr. Chen’s research has focused on on the epidemiology of genetic and environmental risk factors of complex chronic diseases, including osteoporosis, sarcopenia, anemia, cancer and obesity in aging and minority populations. She directs the UA’s Healthy Aging Lab, which has been supported by multimillion dollar research funding from the NIH, the Department of Defense and private foundations. She is one of the leading researchers of the Nationwide Women’s Health Initiative longitudinal study. Chen has collaborated with researchers in China on body composition research in minority populations, including the Tibetan people. She has been invited to hold body composition workshops and give keynote speeches at national and international conferences in China.

Contact information:
Zhao Chen
Roy P. Drachman Hall
1295 N. Martin Ave., Rm A238
P.O. Box 245211
Tucson, AZ 85724
Tel: (520) 626-9011
Fax: (520) 626-2767
zchen@email.arizona.edu
www.publichealth.arizona.edu

John OlsenJohn W. Olsen is Regents’ Professor of Anthropology and Executive Director of the Je Tsongkhapa Endowment for Central and Inner Asian Archaeology at the University of Arizona.  He attended Florida State University and received Bachelor of Arts degrees with Highest Distinction and Honors in Anthropology and Oriental Studies from the University of Arizona.  Olsen holds Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley.  His research focuses on the Pleistocene prehistory of arid lands and high elevations in Central and Inner Asia.  Dr. Olsen has conducted archaeological fieldwork recently in the now independent Central Asian republics of the former Soviet Union, and in Russia, China,  and Mongolia.  He is currently Co-Director of the Joint Mongolian-Russian-American Archaeological Expeditions and the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Zhoukoudian International Paleoanthropological Research Center in Beijing.  Olsen is one of only a few foreign scholars to be awarded academic titles by the Mongolian Academy of Humanitarian Sciences (Academician, 1998) and the Mongolian Academy of Sciences (Doctoris Archaeologiae Honoris Causa, 2003).

Contact information:
John Olsen
School of Anthropology
1009 E. South Campus Drive
P.O. Box 210030
Tucson, AZ 85721
Tel: (520) 621-4321
Fax: (520) 621-2088
jwo@arizona.edu
http://anthropology.arizona.edu
http://jmraae.arizona.edu