Katie Meyer, ScD

Research Assistant Professor
Nutritional and Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiologist

Dr. Meyer is a nutritional and cardiovascular disease epidemiologist. Her research focuses on diet-related health behaviors and nutritional risk factors for cardiometabolic disease.  She is a recipient of a Research Scientist Development Award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to study the gut microbiota, nutrient metabolites, and cardiovascular disease in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) Study.

Areas of Research Interest

Aging, diabetes, genomics, heart disease and stroke, nutrition and physical activity, microbiome, obesity, and public health studies (design, conduct and analysis)


BA, Art History, Macalester College, 1993

MPH, Epidemiology, University of Minnesota, 1997

ScD, Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, 2002




Research Team


Salvador Fabela, PhD : <h4>Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Meyer Lab</h4>

Salvador Fabela, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Meyer Lab


Salvador joined the NRI in the summer of 2017 as a postdoctoral research assistant in the Meyer Lab. He earned his PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), focused on bacterial genetics and molecular biology. He then landed a postdoc at UNC-Chapel hill where he analyzed the changes in the gut microbiota exerted by prebiotics in aged mice and its beneficial health effects. He is currently focused on how dietary interventions modify the gut microbiome and metabolism in humans.

Jon Shea : <h4>Research Associate, Meyer Lab</h4>

Jon Shea

Research Associate, Meyer Lab


Jon Shea joined the Nutrition Research Institute in the summer of 2017 as a research associate. He is a graduate of UNC Charlotte’s Bioinformatics program.  He has worked in several labs working on research in single cell sequencing studying the transcriptomic changes in yeast and c. elegans as well as plant metabolites using HPLC and mass spectrometry.  He is currently studying the gut microbiome and its connection to cardiovascular health with Dr. Katie Meyer.