2015-2016 Faculty Fellows

The UNC Nutrition Research Institute offers opportunities for faculty and researchers to refine or expand a nutrition-related research program. The Institute is particularly interested in research related to nutrigenomics, metabolomics, epigenetics, clinical nutrition and/or energy expenditure.

The UNC Nutrition Research Faculty Fellows are faculty scholars affiliated with the NRI, but located at the UNC Chapel Hill main campus in Chapel Hill. These scholars collaborate with Institute faculty members in Kannapolis on a research project of mutual interest or they conduct research at the NRI using NRI expertise and equipment, perhaps one of the NRI’s Kannapolis-based Cores (e.g. the Human Research Core, the Nutritional Biochemistry Core, or the Nutrigenomics Core).

2015-2016 UNC NRI Faculty Fellows


Katie Meyer, Sc.D.

Katie Meyer, Sc.D.

Dr. Meyer is a nutritional and cardiovascular disease epidemiologist. Her research focuses on diet-related health behaviors and nutritional risk factors for cardiometabolic disease. She is a recent recipient of a Research Scientist Development Award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to study the gut microbiome, nutrient metabolites, and cardiovascular disease in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults Study.

Areas of Research Interest
aging, diabetes, genomics, heart disease and stroke, nutrition and physical activity, microbiome, obesity, and public health studies (design, conduct and analysis)

BA, Art History, Macalester College, 1993
MPH, Epidemiology, University of Minnesota, 1997
ScD, Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, 2002



Praten Sethupathy, Ph.D.

Praveen Sethupathy, Ph.D.

Praveen Sethupathy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Genetics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he directs a research laboratory focused on the genetics/genomics of complex human diseases.

Areas of Research Interest
study of regulatory RNAs (such as microRNAs) and their functions in the liver and intestine, particularly as it pertains to: (1) the adaptive host response to environmental perturbation and (2) the molecular etiology of complex diseases, with active projects on diabetes, hyperlipidemia, liver cancer, and inflammatory bowel diseases.

BA, Computer Science, Cornell University
Ph.D., Genomics and Computational Biology, University of Pennsylvania, 2008