Talent Attraction

Felicia Wu


Position: John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor, Food Science and Human Nutrition
Institution: Michigan State University
Education: Carnegie Mellon University Ph.D., Engineering & Public Policy; Harvard University A.B., S.M., Applied Mathematics & Medical Sciences;
Previous Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Focus: Health impacts of agriculture worldwide


“The offer to come to MSU was really wonderful. I wanted to be here where I could be with a lot of agricultural researchers.”

Felicia Wu is an international expert in global health, agriculture and trade. She leads the Center for Health Impacts of Agriculture (CHIA), an interdisciplinary team of researchers at Michigan State University to integrate the university’s diverse research groups to focus on the complex networks and relationships between agriculture, food safety, nutrition, economics, and human health.

The growing global concern over potential human effects from changing climate, agricultural resources, water, and genetically modified crops means that the integrated approach to research that Felicia and her colleagues are conducting today will positively impact the world’s ability to both feed a global population and maintain health.


“CHIA aims to improve domestic and global health through improved agricultural innovations and policies.”

Felicia joined the faculty of MSU as a John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Food Science and Human Nutrition and Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics. Prior to joining MSU, Felicia was an associate professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at University of Pittsburgh. She earned her A.B., S.M. degrees from Harvard University, and her Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University. She is a recipient of the National Institutes of Health EUREKA Award.

According to Felicia, “I was at the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health, which was really wonderful, but I was more interested in moving into the agriculture and food safety side of research. MSU so far has been a really great fit. MSU is keeping me really busy. It’s been really wonderful.”