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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!

Most of the Nutrition Research Institute’s faculty is appointed to UNC’s Department of Nutrition at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. It is the only nutrition department in the US situated in both a school of public health and a school of medicine. A global leader in research and training, the department engages in innovative work that capitalizes on both these schools’ approaches to health, resulting in an unusual breadth of scientific and policy approaches. Visit the UNC Department of Nutrition here.


The North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, NC, is a 350-acre research center located just north of Charlotte, NC. The campus is a scientific community that collaboratively works to empower human health through nutrition. Eight universities, the David H. Murdock Research Institute, companies and entrepreneurs focus research and development on safer, more nutritious crops, healthier foods and precision nutrition. Research and product development are collaborative and multi-disciplinary. Focus areas are as varied as phytochemicals in fruits, vegetables, grains and herbs; exercise physiology; post-harvest physiology; population-based, genetic studies; and precision nutrition. Learn more about the North Carolina Research Campus here.


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NRI Updates


NIH Grant To Study Gene Mutation Associated with Rare Disease

March 22, 2019 – Sergey A. Krupenko, PhD, professor of nutrition at the UNC Nutrition Research Institute (NRI), has been awarded a $2.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for his research project, “Regulation of Mitochondrial Function by Folate Enzyme ALDH1L2 in Health and Disease.” Krupenko studies enzymes (molecules that catalyze reactions) that regulate folate metabolism. He joined the NRI faculty in 2014. Read more.

Personalized nutrition: A diet for every individual?

February 25, 2019 Scientists have suggested many reasons why Americans have such difficulty maintaining a healthy diet, including an overabundance of unhealthy food, a low accessibility to healthy food, a lack of support from family and friends, and low financial stability. However, difficulty in sticking with a diet is not the only explanation for why many people cannot achieve their optimal health. Read more.

Faculty Focus: Carol L. Cheatham, PhD

February 11, 2019 – That Carol L. Cheatham, PhD was a scientist was clear to her family early on. At the age of 8 growing up on a farm in rural Wyoming, Cheatham conducted observational studies following the many farm cats around to find out (and diligently record in her notebook) where they would give birth. Once that got boring, she started trying to predict where the litters would be born based on her observations from the previous years. Read more.