From the Director


Steven H. Zeisel, M.D., Ph.D.

Steven H. Zeisel, M.D., Ph.D.

Institute Director

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the UNC Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute. I hope you will look around this website to learn about our pioneering research, state-of-the-art facilities, award-winning faculty, community outreach activities, job openings and giving opportunities (we need your support to advance our work).

In our world-class research center we’re working to discover why we are nutritionally so different from one another. To do this, we recruit great scientific minds and use cutting-edge tools in genetics and metabolism. We’re pleased that our efforts are complemented by research programs from several other universities on the North Carolina Research Campus and by the stellar instrumentation in the core laboratory building. We all are working together to change the way that we think about nutrition and health. I predict that, one day soon, your health professional will use the science that we discover to provide you with nutrition recommendations tailored for you, rather than the average recommendations that they can give you now.

At the UNC Nutrition Research Institute we’re building a healthier tomorrow for you, your children and future generations. We use this site to keep you updated about our news, milestones, significant achievements and involvement with the community. Please check back often to follow our progress. If you have questions, concerns or suggestions about our organization, we welcome your comments, which you can provide by clicking here.

Thank you for exploring our site to learn how we are exploring the frontiers of nutrition.

Best Wishes,

Steven H. Zeisel, M.D., Ph.D.
Director

Take advantage of the many opportunities to get involved with the UNC Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) and help us become the world’s premier institute for scientific discovery: make a gift, attend an Appetite for Life event, or participate in our research.

As scientists, physicians, and healthcare practitioners better understand nutritional individuality, they will be able to enhance human health, improve brain development, and more effectively treat diseases like obesity, cancer, and diabetes. Be part of our team!

The Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) studies why people’s metabolism and nutrient requirements differ from person to person. As scientists, physicians, and healthcare practitioners better understand nutritional individuality, they will be able to enhance human health, improve brain development, and more effectively treat diseases like obesity, cancer, and diabetes. The NRI studies nutritional individuality by conducting research in nutrigenomics and metabolomics. Nutrigenomics is the study of how nutrition changes the way genes function and how genes change our nutrient requirements. Metabolomics is the simultaneous measurement of thousands of chemicals—in either blood or urine—that make up an individual’s metabolism. Read more.

Our research not only influences the scientific community, but the general public as well. We strive to share our discoveries with everyone. Read some of our latest articles on what is happening at the Nutrition Research Institute.