Nutrigenetics, Nutrigenomics and Precision Nutrition

Curriculum & Agenda

This 4-day short course is designed for graduate students, health professionals and nutrition scientists from academia and industry. The workshop style will provide the fundamental concepts of nutrigenetics, nutrigenomics and personalized nutrition through cutting edge presentations and hands-on experiences using the latest tools to analyze your genetic data and understand your nutrigenetic profile.

Hands-on Group Sessions

Monday and Wednesday afternoons will feature hands-on workshops focused on achievable approaches. You will need to select one group when you register.

Group A – Practice-based session:

Learn to use genetic concepts, common variants and the occasional haplotype in everyday practice. You’ll also learn how to understand your own* nutrigenetic data, review typical case scenarios, and explore specific language for effective messaging.

Group B – Research-based session:

Learn to implement and experiment with statistical methods using your own computer and a dataset provided by the faculty. You’ll learn how to interpret and apply your own* nutrigenetic data. Attendees interested in this session are required to know the use of command-line interface.

* only for early registrants who are US residents (ends March 16, 2020). All other registrants will receive a generic dataset for analysis.

Bring a sweater: The venue strives to maintain a standard temperature. For your comfort we recommend you bring a light sweater or jacket.

Bring an umbrella: Be prepared to walk around our campus between the venues (short distances).  An umbrella might come in handy during a pop up shower.

Monday, June 8, 2020
Time Description Instructor
8:30 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast  
9:15 AM Welcome to NGx Short Course Saroja Voruganti, PhD
9:25 AM Overview of Nutrigenomics/Nutrigenetics Martin Kohlmeier, MD, PhD
10:15 AM Genetics Primer for Nutrition Researchers Brian Bennett, PhD
11:05 AM BREAK  
11:20 AM Genetics in Nutritional Epidemiology Kari North, PhD
12:10 PM Experimental Approaches in Nutrigenetics #1 Martin Kohlmeier, MD, PhD
1:00 PM LUNCH  
2–4:00 PM Workshop 1 – Analyze and interpret your genetic data Saroja Voruganti, PhD and Martin Kohlmeier, MD, PhD
6:00 PM Banquet Dinner with Tom Brenna, PhD  
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Time Description Instructor
8:30 AM Continental Breakfast  
9:00 AM Experimental Approaches in Nutrigenetics #2 Cory Brouwer, PhD
9:50 AM NGx for Study of Cancer Stephen Hursting, PhD
10:40 AM BREAK  
10:55 AM NGx for Study of Cognitive Function Carol Cheatham, PhD
11:45 AM NGx and Metabolomics Susan Sumner, PhD
12:35 PM LUNCH  
2:00 – 6:00 PM Afternoon Group Activity: Lake Norman Cruise  
6:00 PM Picnic Dinner at Lake Norman State Park  
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Time Description Instructor
8:30 AM Continental Breakfast  
9:00 AM NGx and Microbiome Katie Meyer, ScD
9:50 AM Nutrition and Epigenetics – A Primer Folami Ideraabdullah, PhD
10:40 AM BREAK  
10:55 AM Nutrient and Genetic Regulation of Methylation Potential Natalia Krupenko, PhD
11:45 AM Epigenetics and Metabolic Programming Elizabeth Tejero, PhD
12:35 PM LUNCH  
2 – 4:00 PM Workshop 2 – Analyze and interpret your genetic data  
6:00 PM Networking Dinner  
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Time Description Instructor
8:30 AM Continental Breakfast  
9:00 AM NGx for Studying Nutrient Requirements Steven Zeisel, MD, PhD
9:50 AM Pharmacogenetics Tim Wiltshire, PhD
10:40 AM BREAK  
10:55 AM TBA Susan Smith, PhD
11:45 AM Precision Nutrition and Closing Remarks Steve Zeisel, MD, PhD
12:35 PM LUNCH  
1:00 PM Shuttle departs for Charlotte Douglas International Airport  

All-inclusive Registration

On top of the great short-course content and speakers, your registration comes with

  • shared housing
  • transportation
  • meals
  • personal DNA test*
  • Lake Norman cruise

Early Registration Deadline:

March 16, 2020
A personal DNA test is available only for early registrants who are US residents. Registrations after March 16, 2020 will receive a generic dataset for analysis.

Final Registration Deadline:

May 29. 2020


  • General  $850.00
  • Graduate Student  $400.00
  • Postdoctoral Fellow  $500.00

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Scholarships Available

The UNC Nutrition Research Institute is offering a limited number of scholarships to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. These scholarships include course registration, lodging, and meals during the course period at UNCC.

Application deadline is March 16, 2020.

More information here.