Professor Dr. Angela Liese (epidemiology and biostatistics department) has been honored with the H.A. Tyroler Distinguished Alumni Award by the Epidemiology Chapter of the Gillings School of Global Public Health Alumni Association at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. In addition to receiving this award from her doctoral alma mater, Dr. Liese was invited to provide a keynote presentation at the university this fall.
[Photo: (left to right) Dr. Jonathan Todd, Dr. Angela Liese, and Dr. Corey Kalbaugh]
Named for Herman Alfred (Al) Tyroler, Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology at the Gillings School, this award commemorates the contributions of Dr. Tyroler to the field of epidemiology, particularly the social determinants of health, throughout his 40-year career. The award was designed to recognize distinguished alumni for their own contributions to field of epidemiology. According to the award committee, Dr. Liese was chosen for her “seminal research, standing as a respected expert in the field, and extensive contributions to training (which) demonstrate the distinctions embodied in this award.”
After earning a degree in nutrition at the University of Bonn in Germany, Dr. Liese shifted her focus to epidemiology for her master’s (University of Massachusetts) and doctoral (University of North Carolina) degrees. “I initially studied nutrition and then embarked on a PhD in epidemiology when I realized that epidemiology research was exactly the type of approach and thinking that I felt would allow me to study behavioral influences on chronic diseases,” she says.
Her nutrition background remained an important influence in her work, however, as she spent the next twenty years fine-tuning her research interests and becoming an international authority in nutritional epidemiology, diabetes epidemiology, and public health nutrition. After her 1996 graduation from the Gillings School, Dr. Liese took an epidemiology position with the University of Münster Medical School. She returned to the United States in 2000 to join the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina.
During the 16 years that have elapsed since she joined UofSC, Dr. Liese has proven to be a respected leader, valued mentor and teacher, and gifted scholar. Her nearly 150 peer-reviewed publications and other scholarship products have elevated Dr. Liese’s research to the global stage—resulting in multiple highly cited paper awards and cementing her status as an internationally recognized scientist whose expertise is sought to help shape national public health guidelines and recommendations.
The Dietary Patterns Methods Project is one of many projects that demonstrate Dr. Liese’s tremendous impact on the field. As a result of her 15 years of dietary patterns research, Dr. Dr. Liese was invited to serve on a United States Department of Agriculture expert panel convened to prepare for the 2015 revisions to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.