Felicia Wu

Felicia Wu

PhD, Carnegie Mellon University
AB, SM, Harvard University

John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor

Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition and the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Michigan State University

469 Wilson Rd
Trout FSHN Bldg, Rm 234A
East Lansing, MI 48824

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Biographical Information

Felicia Wu, John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor joined the faculty of Michigan State University in 2013, with a joint appointment in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition and the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics. Previously, she was an Associate Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at University of Pittsburgh. In 2014 Felicia was named Director of the new MSU Center for Health Impacts of Agriculture - CHIA which is funded in part by the National Institutes of Health, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID and the USDA.

Felicia’s research interests lie at the intersection of global health, agriculture, and trade. Using the tools of mathematical modeling, health economics, and quantitative risk assessment, she examines how agricultural systems affect health in different parts of the world. For her research on the impact of aflatoxin regulations on global liver cancer, Felicia was awarded a National Institutes of Health EUREKA Award.

She is a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group, as well as the expert roster of the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) of the United Nations. She received the 2007 Chauncey Starr Award of the Society for Risk Analysis, given annually to a risk scientist age 40 or under; and serves as the health risk area editor for the journal Risk Analysis.

Research and Outreach Interests

  • Global burden of disease caused by food contaminants
  • World food trade and the impact of food safety regulations
  • Mycotoxins: Economic and health impacts worldwide
  • Transgenic crops: Mycotoxin reduction, and insect resistance to transgenic pest-protected plants
  • Risk assessment and risk communication
  • Social network models and agent-based models applied to population health and trade