Martin Kohlmeier, MD, PhD

Research Professor, Nutrition
Dietary intake and nutrient requirements

Joining the UNC Nutrition Research Institute in 2010, Dr. Martin Kohlmeier serves as faculty and primary investigator in the NRI Nutrigenetics Laboratory. He focuses on laboratory diagnostics and nutritional genetics. With more than thirty years of experience in nutrition research, he has developed novel biochemical methods for the assessment of dietary intake and nutrient adequacy. Dr. Kohlmeier’s research explores how to help individuals safely navigate daily food choices and how those choices might affect cancer risk. Dedicated to helping the public benefit from recent advancements in genetics and nutrition, Dr. Kohlmeier uses this new technology to read the body’s DNA blueprint down to very fine details. His goal is to translate this data into practical directions for people’s health.

Currently, he is developing software that can use detailed genetic information to tell consumers which foods are healthiest for them. Notably, Dr. Kohlmeier authored Nutrient Metabolism, a textbook describing how the body handles about one hundred important compounds in food, from alcohol to zinc. The textbook outlines the major food sources of these compounds, and additional related information, such as our chemical senses, appetite and thirst, and the nutrient path from food to the using body part. The strength of the book is that a rich collection of information on each of the food ingredients is easily accessible in one place, making it a powerful resource for researchers, health professionals, and anyone needing nutrition facts at their fingertips. Dr. Kohlmeier earned doctorates in medicine, biochemistry and clinical biochemistry from Heidelberg University and Freie Universität, Berlin, and is the lead author of numerous online nutrition courses for healthcare professionals. In addition to his role at the UNC NRI, Dr. Kohlmeier maintains his appointment as a Research Professor with the Department of Nutrition, UNC-Chapel Hill, School of Medicine and School of Public Health and is also a Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge University, England.

Research Team

Emmanuel Baah, MD : <h4>Postdoctoral Research Associate, HRC</h4>

Emmanuel Baah, MD

Postdoctoral Research Associate, HRC
(704) 250-5041

Dr. Baah is from Ghana, where he practiced medicine before migrating to the United States. He will graduate from UNC-Charlotte with a Master's in Epidemiology in spring 2020. His areas of interest include genetic epidemiology, nutrigenomics, and nutrigenetics. Dr. Baah is currently working with Dr. Martin Kohlmeier to strengthen training programs in precision nutrition, particularly for physicians.

Sierra Bonney, MS : <h4>Clinical Research Coordinator, Human Research Core</h4>

Sierra Bonney, MS

Clinical Research Coordinator, Human Research Core
(704) 250-5075

Sierra Bonney worked as a graduate research assistant in Dr. Esposito’s lab at the Plants for Human Health Institute from 2016 to 2019. She received her MS in Animal Science from NCSU where her research focused on the role of plant bioactives in wound healing, inflammation, and muscle health. After graduation, she joined the NRI in December 2019 as the Clinical Research Coordinator for the Human Research Core. In her free time, she enjoys horseback riding on her family’s farm in New London, baking, and running with the NCRC running club.