Mark Pereira, PhD, MPH

Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Mark Pereira

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-624-4173

Office Address:
300 West Bank Office Building

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

PhD, Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh

MPH, Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh

MS, Exercise Science University of Massachusetts

BS, Exercise Science University of Massachusetts


My research focuses on the cause and epidemiology of type 2 diabetes, which is a costly, debilitating, and prevalent disease, yet it is highly preventable. My interest has long been steeped in the role of physical activity and nutrition in the prevention of type 2 diabetes and related cardiometabolic risk factors. Because of their close relation to type 2 diabetes, my work also involves investigations into obesity and cardiovascular disease.


Chronic diseases, food & nutrition, genetics, exercise, nutrition, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, physical activity, epidemiology 

Awards & Recognition

  • Outstanding Faculty Award, University of Minnesota Council of Graduate Students, 2012


Research Funding Grants

  • 2015–2019, NIH/NCI, "Stand and Move at Work: A Randomized Group Trial," Principal Investigator
  • 2015–2017, NIH/NHLBI, "Novel Analysis of Abdominal Computed Tomography Data in CARDIA," Principal Investigator
  • 2014–2017, Minnesota Department of Transportation, "Assessing the Economic Impact and Health Effects of Bicycling in Minnesota," Co-Investigator


See recent publications at PubMed

Select Recent Publications

  • Buman MP, Mullane SL, Toledo MJ, Rydell SA, Gaesser GA, Crespo NC, Hannan P, Feltes L, Vuong B, Pereira MA. "An intervention to reduce sitting and increase light-intensity physical activity at work: Design and rationale of the 'Stand & Move at Work' group randomized trial," Contemporary Clinical Trials, Feb 2017
  • Whitaker KM, Odegaard AO, Jacobs DR Jr, Sidney S, Pereira MA. "Sedentary Behavior, Physical Activity, and Abdominal Adipose Tissue Deposition," Medicine & Science in Sports an Exercise, Oct 2016
  • Drehmer M, Pereira MA, Schmidt MI, Del Carmen B Molina M, Alvim S, Lotufo PA, Duncan BB. "Associations of dairy intake with glycemia and insulinemia, independent of obesity, in Brazilian adults: the Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Adult Health (ELSA-Brasil)," American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, April 2015
  • Pereira MA. "Sugar-sweetened and artificially-sweetened beverages in relation to obesity risk," Advances in Nutrition, Nov 2014
  • Odegaard AO, Koh WP, Yuan JM, Gross MD, Pereira MA. "Dietary patterns and mortality in a Chinese population," American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Sept 2014



  • PubH 6348, Writing Research Grants
  • PubH 6389, Nutritional Epidemiology
  • PubH 6910, Critical Review of Research in Public Health Nutrition


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