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Karen Corbin, Ph.D., R.D.

Karen Corbin, Ph.D., R.D., who joined the NRI in 2009, was promoted to Research Assistant Professor on December 1, 2011. In this faculty role, Corbin will help lead research in her focus areas of 1-carbon metabolism and energy metabolism.

Dr. Corbin frames her studies around the role of nutritional and genetic components in obesity, fatty liver, and metabolic syndrome. With her discoveries, she ultimately strives to create an ability to prescribe diets on an individual basis, further allowing the medical community to leverage food as medicine. With this goal in mind, she is creating research initiatives designed to explore individual variations in chronic metabolic diseases, allowing her to increasingly contribute to the NRI mission in this more proactive leadership capacity.

Dr. Corbin received her Bachelorís Degree in Nutrition and Food Science from Florida State University in 1997. After completing her dietetic internship at the James A. Haley Veteranís Hospital in Tampa, FL, she was a clinical dietitian, certified diabetes educator and co-director of preventive services at the Heart and Vascular Institute of Florida in St. Petersburg. She obtained her Ph.D. in Molecular Medicine in 2008 at the University of South Florida College of Medicine where she studied the nutritional and hormonal regulation of nitric oxide production in the vasculature.

She joined the NRI in 2009, soon after it opened, as a National Institutes of Health funded post-doctoral fellow. Corbin managed the clinical facility upfitting process, including the NRI Metabolic Research Kitchen, and meanwhile began her work in translational research.

Now as an NRI Research Assistant Professor, Dr. Corbin is expanding her role by integrating her clinical and basic science skills into the educational mission of the UNC Chapel Hill Department of Nutrition.

Dr. Corbinís promotion to NRI faculty highlights not only her promise as a leading researcher in nutrition, but also her own personal passion, as she shares, ďScience is an opportunity to gain knowledge that will help people. As a faculty member with the NRI, I am able to best leverage that opportunity in the area of nutrition, which essentially is the perfect merger between science and people.Ē

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