Lyn Steffen, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Lyn Steffen

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-625-9307

Office Address:
300 West Bank Office Building

Mailing Address:
1300 S 2nd St
Room 300 West Bank Office Building
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Member, Center on Aging (COA)

Member, Obesity Prevention Center

PhD, Epidemiology, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston

MPH, Public Health Nutrition, University of Minnesota

BA, Home Economics and Sociology, University of Minnesota


My research interests focus on nutritional epidemiology and the epidemiology of cardiovascular disease. Specific research projects include studies of dietary intake and cardiovascular disease and its risk factors in adults. Recent projects include the study of dietary intake (diet patterns, added sugar, processed foods), biomarkers (metabolomics, melatonin), adipose tissue depots, and cardiovascular disease.


Aging, nutrition epidemiology, cardiovascular disease epidemiology, diet assessment, diet patterns, nutrition in older adults, dietary intake and health, fatty acids & CVD.


Research Funding Grants

  • 2019-2020 University of Massachusetts, VIP: Visual-Valid Dietary Behavior Pattern Recognition for Local-National Trials; Principal investigator
  • 2017-2018, NIH Nat'l Heart, Lung, and Blood Inst. "Caloric and Non-caloric Sweeteners and the Distribution of Adipose Tissue," Principal Investigator
  • 2016–2017, Des Moines University, "miRNAs, Whole Diet, and Coronary Heart Disease," Principal Investigator
  • 2016–2022, NIH Nat'l Heart, Lung, and Blood Inst., "Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study - Minneapolis Field Center," Co-Investigator
  • 2015–2021, University of Washington, "Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA)," Co-Investigator


See a full list of publications on PubMed

Select Recent Publications

  • Harnack LJ, Cogswell ME, Shikany JM, Gardner CD, Gillespie C, Loria CM, Zhou X, Keming Y, Steffen LM. "Sources of sodium in US adults from three geographic regions," Circulation, March 2017 
  • Windham BG, Harrison KL, Lirette ST, Lutsey PL, Pompeii LA, Gabriel KP, Koton S, Steffen LM, Griswold ME, Mosley TH Jr. "Relationship Between Midlife Cardiovascular Health and Late-Life Physical Performance: The ARIC Study," Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Feb 2017
  • Krishnan S, Steffen LM, Paton CM, Cooper JA. "Impact of dietary fat composition on prediabetes: a 12-year follow-up study," Public Health Nutrition, Jan 2017
  • Ogilvie RP, Lutsey PL, Heiss G, Folsom AR, Steffen LM. "Dietary intake and peripheral arterial disease incidence in middle-aged adults: the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study," American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Jan 2017
  • Rebholz CM, Grams ME, Steffen LM, Crews DC, Anderson CA, Bazzano LA, Coresh J, Appel LJ. "Diet Soda Consumption and Risk of Incident End Stage Renal Disease," Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, Jan 2017