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The Nutrition Research Institute is dedicated to understanding why there are individual differences in metabolism and nutrient requirements. Using recent advances in the sciences of nutrigenomics and metabolomics, the NRI is finding ways to use individually targeted nutrition to enhance brain development, and to prevent or treat obesity, diabetes, and cancer.


Select a link below to meet our Leadership, Administrative Support Staff, Faculty and Researchers, and Board of Advisors:

Faculty and Research Teams
Administrative Support Staff
Board of Advisors


Steven H. Zeisel, M.D., Ph.D.
Institute Director (more)
Dr. Zeisel is recognized as an international leader in nutrition research. His team's work established the requirement for choline, a newly recognized essential part of our diet. His work on nutrition and brain development, genetic variation and diet requirements, environment and nutrition, and medical education are supported by grants from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Zeisel directs one of the NIH national centers of excellence in human nutrition research. (more)

Jana Harrison
Institute Deputy Director
Ms. Harrison is an experienced research administrator. Prior to joining the Nutrition Research Institute, she was the Senior Associate Director of the Urban Institute at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and was responsible for oversight and management of daily Institute operations. Ms. Harrison earned an M.A. and A.B.D. degree in International Political Economy from the University of Southern California. (more)