• Dan Hoffman
  • Dan Hoffman
  • Associate Professor, Nutritional Sciences
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    Daniel Hoffman joined Department of Nutritional Sciences as an Assistant Professor at Rutgers in 2001. Dr. Hoffman is a nutritional physiologist and received his Ph.D. from Tufts University in 1999. Dr. Hoffman then spent two years at Columbia University as a postdoctoral fellow in body composition and statistics.


    Dr. Hoffman's current projects include studying the growth and body composition using longitudinal data from Mexico, body composition and stress response in Brazil, and dietary changes associated with economic development programs in Kenya and Zambia.

    Hoffman D. 2019. The Double Burden of Malnutrition: Research Agenda for Reversing Global Trends. Ann Nutr Metab. 

    Hoffman D, Arts M, Bégin F. 2019. The “First 1,000 Days+” as Key Contributor to the Double Burden of Malnutrition. Ann Nutr Metab.

    Pamela L. Barrios, Raquel Garcia-Feregrino, Juan A. Rivera, Ines Gonzalez-Casanova, Usha Ramakrishnan, and Daniel J. Hoffman. 2019. Early height and weight growth patterns and later overweight and obesity in middle childhood. JNutr. Nov 1;149(11):2011-2019

    Daniel J. Hoffman, Rebecca M. Reynolds, and Daniel B. Hardy. 2017. The Developmental Origins of Health and Disease: Current Knowledge and Potential Mechanisms. Nutrition Reviews Dec 2017. (Invited review)

    Daniel J. Hoffman, PhD; Thomas Cacciola; Pamela Barrios, MS; James E. Simon, PhD. 2017. Temporal changes and determinants of childhood nutritional status in Kenya and Zambia. J Health Popul Nutr. 5;36(1):27. 

    Tatiana Toro-Ramos, Rosely Sichieri, and Daniel J. Hoffman. 2015. Maternal fat mass at mid-pregnancy and birth weight in low-income Brazilian women. Ann Hum Biol. Sep 22:1-7.

    Soo-Kyung Lee, So-Young Nam, and Daniel Hoffman. 2015. Growth retardation at early life and metabolic adaptation among North Korean children. JDOHaD. 6(4): 291-298.

    Ralitza Dimova, Patrick Gbakou, Ira Gang, and Daniel Hoffman. 2014. Impact of food and economic crises on nutrition. J Devel Studies, 50, 12: 1687-1699.

    Hoffman DJ, Toro-Ramos T, Sawaya AL, Roberts SB, Rondo P. 2012. Estimating total body fat using a skinfold prediction equation in Brazilian children. Ann Hum Biol, 39(2):156-60. 

    Vitolo MR, Bortolini GA, Campagnolo PD, Hoffman DJ. 2012. Maternal dietary counseling reduces consumption of energy-dense foods among infants: a randomized controlled trial. J Nutr Educ Behav, 44(2):140-7. 

    Jocilyn E. Dellava, Peggy Policastro, and Daniel J. Hoffman. 2008. Energy Metabolism and Body Composition in Long-Term Recovery From Anorexia Nervosa. Int J Eating Disord, 42(5):415-21. 

    Meredith S. Dolan, John Sorkin, and Daniel J. Hoffman. 2007. Birth weight is inversely associated with central fat mass in health children and adolescents. Obesity, 15:1600-1608. 

    Daniel J. Hoffman, Peggy Policastro, Virginia Quick, and Soo-Kyung Lee. 2006. Changes in Body Weight and Fat Mass of Men and Women in the First Year of College: A Study of the “Freshman Fifteen”. J Am Coll Health, 55(1):41-5. 

    Daniel J. Hoffman, Zimian Wang, Dympna Gallagher, and Steven B. Heymsfield. 2005. Differences in the amount of visceral adipose tissue in African-American and Caucasian adults using magnetic resonance imaging. Obesity, 13(1):66-74. 

    Daniel J. Hoffman and Soo-Kyung Lee. 2005. Prevalence of wasting, but not stunting, has decreased in in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. J Nutr, 135: 452-456. 

    Paula A. Martins, Daniel J. Hoffman, M. Teresa B. Fernandes, Celia R. de Nascimento, Susan B. Roberts, Ricardo Sesso, and Ana L. Sawaya. 2004. Stunted children gain less lean body mass and more fat mass than their non-stunted counterparts: A prospective study. Br J Nutr, 92(5):819-25. 

    Daniel J. Hoffman, Ana L. Sawaya, Ieda Verreschi, Katherine Tucker, and Susan B. Roberts. 2000. Why are nutritionally stunted children at increased risk of obesity? Studies of metabolic rate and fat oxidation in shantytown children from São Paulo, Brazil. Am J Clin Nutr, 72 (3): 702-707. 

    Daniel J. Hoffman, Ana L. Sawaya, W. Andrew Coward, Paula A. Martins, Celia de Nascimento, and Susan B. Roberts. 2000. Energy expenditure of stunted and non-stunted boys and girls living in the shantytowns of São Paulo, Brazil. Am J Clin Nutr, 72(4): 1025-1031.


    There are two specific aspects of Dr. Hoffman’s research. First, we investigate the long-term health implications of poor growth. Methods employed for this research include measures of energy expenditure and body composition using stable isotopes. Second, as growth is a biological outcome associated with the economic status of a country, we also study changes in household food intake during economic crises. These two areas of research, one being primarily clinical and physiological and the other being epidemiological and economic, are complementary as the physiological outcomes we study only become manifest when the economic conditions of a country improve.