Folami Ideraabdullah, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Genetics
Gene-environment interactions

Folami Ideraabdullah, PhD, joined the UNC Nutrition Research Institute in 2013 as assistant professor of genetics in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine.

Dr. Ideraabdullah joined the NRI to expand her research program in genetics to study the role of dietary nutrients such as folate, choline, betaine, and Vitamin B12 in determining disease susceptibility. She investigates which genetic differences between individuals determine how the cells of our body respond to changes in diet and, not only how these cellular responses may increase the risk of disease in the individual, but also how such responses may be inherited by their children. She also studies how dietary nutrients can be used to decrease the risk of disease associated with exposures to harmful environmental factors such as pesticides.

The overall goal of this research is to identify genetic factors that contribute to diet-related disease susceptibility, which can then be used to screen individuals to determine their disease risk or outcome and ultimately allow for more effective treatment and preventative care.

Dr. Ideraabdullah earned her BS in Biology at the Pennsylvania State University and her PhD in Genetics and Molecular Biology at UNC-Chapel Hill. She continued her training in epigenetics as a postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania where she was awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.




Research Team


Marwa Elnagheeb : <h4>Nutrition Graduate Student, Ideraabdullah Lab</h4>

Marwa Elnagheeb

Nutrition Graduate Student, Ideraabdullah Lab

Marwa is from Charlotte, NC and received her B.A. in Biology in 2014 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  During her undergraduate career, she interned at NRI learning about the genetic architecture of dystrophic cardiac calcinosis. Marwa joined the Ideraabdullah lab as a student intern before joining the team as a lab assistant in January 2016.

Anandita Pal : <h4>Nutrition Graduate Student, Ideraabdullah Lab</h4>

Anandita Pal

Nutrition Graduate Student, Ideraabdullah Lab

Anandita Pal is currently pursuing a PhD from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. She received her MS in Biotechnology from St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta, India in June 2015.


Edward Pietryk : <h4>Laboratory Assistant, Ideraabdullah Lab</h4>

Edward Pietryk

Laboratory Assistant, Ideraabdullah Lab

Eddie graduated in 2014 with a B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He first came to the Nutrition Research Institute as an intern in Dr. Ideraabdullah’s lab before transitioning into his current position. He is excited to continue his role in the investigation of gene-environment interactions and disease susceptibility.



Jing Xue, Ph.D. : <h4>Postdoctoral Research Associate, Ideraabdullah Lab</h4>

Jing Xue, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Ideraabdullah Lab

Jing Xue earned her Ph.D. in Molecular Nutrition at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.  She joined Folami Ideraabdullah’s lab at the NRI in May 2014 as a postdoctoral research associate to investigate the effects of maternal nutrition in epigenetic reprogramming in germ cells, as well as the heritability and difference in susceptibility for the effects using the collaborative cross mouse models.