Department of Nutrition
ELIZABETH J. MAYER-DAVIS, Chair
Linda S. Adair (34) Maternal and Child Nutrition, International Nutrition, Child Growth, Long-Term Effects of Early Childhood Nutritional Exposures
Alice S. Ammerman (41) Community-Based Nutrition and Physical Activity Intervention and Policy/Environmental Change for Chronic Disease Prevention (Obesity, Cancer, Heart Disease, Diabetes) Addressing Health Disparities; Healthy Food Access through Local, Sustainable Food Systems
Melinda Beck (70) Antioxidant Nutrition and Infectious Disease, Obesity and Infectious Disease, Nutritional Status and Immune Function
Margaret Bentley (67) Nutritional Anthropology, Infant and Young Child Feeding, Growth, and Development, HIV/AIDS and Breastfeeding, Pediatric Obesity
Cynthia M. Bulik (98) Twin and Molecular Genetic Studies of Eating Disorders and Weight Regulation, Information Technology-Aided Approaches to Treatment of Eating Disorders and Overweight, Eating Disorders and Reproduction, Parenting Assistance for Women with Eating Disorders, Eating Disorders Clinical Trials
Rosalind A. Coleman (39) Diabetes: Lipid and Carbohydrate Metabolism, Obesity, Partitioning of Energy between Triacylglycerol Storage and Fatty Acid Oxidation, Regulation of Triacylglycerol Synthesis, Fatty Acid Metabolism and Cardiac Function
Penny Gordon-Larsen (78) Obesity Epidemiology, Obesity, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Risk, Longitudinal Studies, Gene by Environment Interactions
Anthony C. Hackney (50) Endocrine and Metabolic Responses to Physical Stress, Physiology of Exercise
Stephen Hursting (35) Nutrition, Metabolism and Cancer Prevention; Obesity, Diabetes and Cancer; Molecular Targets for Cancer Prevention
Mark Koruda, Surgery, Parenteral and External Nutrition
Sergey A. Krupenko, Folate Nutrition, Metabolism and Cancer; Diet and Metastatic Disease; Metabolis Enzymes and Liver Function
Pauline K. Lund (69) Insulin-Like Growth Factors, Intestinal Development, Nutrient and Cytokine Interactions in Intestinal Inflammation, Injury and Repair, Intestinal Stem Cells
Leslie Lytle (19) Obesity Prevention in Youth and Young Adults, Behavioral and Policy Interventions in School, Community and Family Settings, Individual, Social and Environmental Factors related to Diet and Physical Activity
Nobuyo Maeda (77) Animal Models of Hyperlipidemia, Atherosclerosis and Cardiomyopathy
Elizabeth J. Mayer-Davis (33) Nutrition and the Etiology and Treatment of Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes in Children and Adults, Epidemiology of Diabetes, Diabetes Self-Management for Individuals Living in Medically Underserved Communities, and Type 2 Diabetes Prevention for High-Risk Youth
Barry M. Popkin (17) Nutrition Transition: Patterns and Determinants of Dietary Trends and Body Composition Trends (United States and Low Income Countries), Obesity Dynamics and Their Environment Causes, Dietary and Physical Activity Patterns, Trends and Determinants, Creation of Large-Scale Program and Policy Initiatives to Address Nutrition-Related Noncommunicable Diseases
Anna Maria Siega-Riz (62) Maternal Nutrition and Birth Outcomes, Infant and Child Dietary Habits, Obesity Development in Women of Reproductive Age, Infants and Children, Gestational Diabetes, Diet Methodology and Reproductive Epidemiology
June Stevens (56) Epidemiologic Studies of the Causes and Consequences of Obesity, Intervention Trials to Prevent Obesity, Obesity Trends, Risk Factors and Consequences among Ethnic Groups, Long-Term and Short-Term Effects of Obesity and Weight Change on Health, Impact of State Level Obesity Policies
Miroslav Styblo (72) Biochemistry and Molecular Toxicology of Essential and Toxic Trace Metals and Metalloids
James Swenberg (55) Chemical Carcinogenesis and Toxicology, DNA Damage and Repair, Oxidative Stress, Biomarkers and Mass Spectrometry
Dianne Ward, (79) Child- and Family-Based Interventions to Prevent Obesity; Assessment of Child Care and Home Environments; Assessment of Physical Activity and Diet
Steven H. Zeisel (38) Nutrients and Brain Development, Choline Metabolism and Requirements in the Human, Nutrigenomics, Computer-Assisted Instruction
Ramon Bataller (28) Molecular Mechanisms of Alcoholic and Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis, Translational Research to Identify New Targets for Therapy
Deborah F. Tate (95) Obesity Prevention and Treatment in Adults and Adolescents, Application of New Technology and the Internet to Behavioral Treatments for Overweight, Obesity Treatment in Worksites and Community Settings
Sandra Albrecht (37) Social Epidemiology of Nutrition and Cardiovascular Risk, Disparities in Obesity and Diabetes among U.S. Latinos, Immigrant Health, Behavioral and Biological Mechanisms underlying Social Disparities in Nutrition-related Outcomes
Brian Bennett (48) Genetics, Atherosclerosis, Hyperlipidemia, Microbiome
Kyle S. Burger (49) Determinants of Ingestive Behavior and Weight Regulation, Neural and Pychological Drivers and Consequences of Unhealthy Food IntakeFolami Ideraabdullah, Elucidating Genetic Mechanisms of Epigenetic Perturbation caused by Environmental Exposure to Dietary Factors or Toxicants
Natalia Krupenko (3) Folate Nutrition, Methylation and Disease; Nutrients and Sphingolipid Metabolism; Ceramide and Cancer
Liza Makowski Hayes (64) Glucose and Fatty Acid Transport, Metabolism, and Inflammation in Immune Cells in Obesity, Insulin Resistance, and Cancer
Michelle Mendez (85) Dietary Exposures and Health Outcomes such as Obesity and Related Disorders, Neurodevelopment, and Cancer
Mihai Niculescu (97) Epigenetics in Nutrition, Transgenerational Inheritance, Role of Maternal Diet in the Epigenetic Regulation of Development in the Offspring
Saroja Voruganti (18) Nutritional and Genetic Epidemiology, Gene-environment Interaction and Cardiovascular-Renal Diseases, Population Genetics and Ethnic Disparities
Martin Kohlmeier (53) Nutritional Genetics, Personal nutrition, Online Nutrition Guidance, Biomarkers in Nutritional Epidemiology, Lipoprotein Metabolism, Vitamin K Transport and Function, Nutrition Education in Medical Schools, Computer-Assisted Instruction
Philip A. May, Prevalence and Characteristics of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), Maternal Risk Factors for FASD, Prevention of FASD and Other Alcohol-Related Problems, and Epidemiology Research on Public Health Problems with Major Behavioral Components
Daniel Pomp (90) Obesity: Genetic Predisposition for Components of Energy Balance, Gene x Diet Interactions, Fat as a Risk Factor for Cancer
Research Associate Professor
Wenhong Cao, Hepatic Gluconeogenesis, Hepatic Lipogenesis, Insulin Resistance, and Their Associations with Obesity, Diabetes, and Cardiovascular Disorders
Research Assistant Professors
Patrick Bradshaw (92) Identification of Lifestyle Characteristics Such As Diet, Body Size, and Physical Activity that Influence the Risk of Developing Breast Cancer and, Once Diagnosed, Survival
Molly De Marco (27) Community Based Food Access, Community-Based Participatory Research, Local Food Systems, Health Disparities, Social Determinants of Health
Shufu Du, How Underlying Factors (Such As Education, Income, and other SES) Affect Dietary Behaviors and Physical Activity/Inactivity and Then Health Outcomes (Cancer, Cardiovascular Diseases, Diabetes, and Obesity)
Temitope Erinosho, The Role of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity in Cancer Prevention, with Special Emphasis on Children, Racial and Ethnic Minorities, and Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Populations
Leslie Fischer (87) Obesity and How the Rate of Insulin Secretion Can Differentially Affect Response to Two Specific Weight Loss Diets of Varying Fat Content and Glycemic Loads
Valerie Flax (42) The Design and Evaluation of Interventions Intended to Improve the Health and Nutritional Status of Mothers and Children in Low-Income Countries
Derek Hales (61) Measurement, Physical Activity, and Determinants of Physical Activity Behavior
Archana Lamichhane, Research Focuses on Epidemiology of Diabetes, Obesity and Cardiovascular Disease (CVD), with a Particular Interest in Exploring How Individual and Environmental/Contextual Factors Contributes to Specific Health Outcomes and Health Disparities
Katie Meyer (4) Nutritional Epidemiology, Cardiovascular Disease, Dietary Behavior
Shu Wen Ng (74) Economic and Socio-Demographic Determinants of Diet, Physical Activity and Weight Gain, Nutrition Epidemiology, Food and Nutrition Policy, International and US Nutrition Transition
Jennifer Poti, Nutritional Epidemiology; U.S. Population-based Dietary Trends; Determinants of Food Purchasing Patterns, Dietary Intake, and Dietary Quality; Diet and Obesity
Carmen Samuel-Hodge (86) Interventions in Diabetes Self-Management Education, Weight Loss and Lifestyle Behavior Change Interventions, Peer Counselors/Lay Advisors in Community-Based Nutrition Interventions, Family-centered Interventions
Christina Shay, Diabetes Epidemiology, Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology, Obesity, Lifestyle and the Prevention of Chronic Disease
Patricia Sheridan (52) Nutrition and Neuroimmunology; Obesity and Neuroinflammation; Nutrition and Infectious Diseases
Lindsey Smith, Nutrition Epidemiology, Food and Nutrition Policy, International and US Nutrition Transition, Social and Behavioral Determinants of Diet and Food Purchases, Disparities, Diet Quality, Diet and Obesity
Natalia Surzenko, Nutrition and Central Nervous System Development
Kimberly Truesdale (73) Obesity Epidemiology, Causes and Consequences of Obesity, Effect of Weight Maintenance on Health, Minority Health
Clinical Assistant Professors
Amanda S. Holliday (99) Professional Development, Clinical Nutrition, Clinical Nutrition Management, Nutrition and Aging
Janice Sommers (44) Public Health Nutrition Practice, Professional and Leadership Development, Community-Based Nutrition and Physical Activity Intervention and Policy/Environmental Change for Chronic Disease Prevention
John J. B. Anderson, Calcium, Isoflavones, Other Nutrients and Bone Indices in Women, Osteoporosis, Physical Activity and Body Composition, Diet and Aging
Susan Sumner, RTI International, Eastern Regional Comprehensive Metabolomics Research Center, Center for Estimating Human Health Risks from Exposure to Nanoparticles, Metabolism, Translational Sciences, Biomarkers
Adjunct Associate Professors
Temitope Keku, Nutritional Epidemiology, Diet and Cancer, Microbiome and Cancer, Health Disparities, Cancer Biomarkers
Boyd Switzer, Nutrition and Cancer
Melicia Whitt-Glover, Identify Effective Strategies to Increase Weight Loss and Weight Gain Prevention among African Americans
Adjunct Assistant Professors
Marlyn Allicock, Cancer Prevention and Control, Dissemination Research and Evaluation, Health Disparities
Melissa Bauserman, Infant Nutrition, International Nutrition, Micronutrient Deficiencies and Child Growth
Melissa Daniels, International Maternal and Child Nutrition, Dietary Assessment Methods, Screening of Malnutrition Risk
Juhaeri Juhaeri, Obesity Epidemiology, Cardiovascular Epidemiology, Pharmacoepidemiology and Epidemiology Methods
Lucia A. Leone, Food Access Disparities, Cancer and Obesity Prevention, Community-based Interventions
Meghan Slining, Global Obesity and Overweight, Dietary Intakes of U.S. Children and Adolescents
Angelo Mojica (94) Food Service Management
Susan Wyler (59) Dietary Interventions to Prevent and Control Chronic Diseases, Weight Loss, Diabetes, Acid Reflux, Food Allergies
Janice M. Dodds
Joseph C. Edozien
MaryAnn C. Farthing
Associate Professor Emeritus
Pamela S. Haines
Courses for Graduate and Advanced Undergraduate Students
400 Introduction to Nutritional Biochemistry (3). Prerequisites, BIOL 101, CHEM 101 and 102, and NUTR 240. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisites. Function of the human body focusing on nutrient interaction. Review of structure and function of cells and organs. For advanced undergraduates and graduate students needing to enhance background prior to NUTR 600.
600 Human Metabolism: Macronutrients (3). Prerequisite, NUTR 400. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Cell biochemistry and physiology emphasizing integration of proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids in whole-body metabolism; regulation of energy expenditure, food intake, metabolic adaptations, and gene expression; and macronutrient-related diseases (atherosclerosis, obesity).
611 Nutrition across the Life Cycle (MHCH 611) (3). Prerequisite, NUTR 400. This course covers nutrition during the life cycle. Units include women during preconception, pregnancy, and lactation; infancy; childhood; adolescence; and older adults (65+). Nutrient and energy needs, assessment of nutritional status, and cultural and socioeconomic barriers are discussed for each phase.
620 Human Metabolism: Micronutrients (3). Prerequisites, NUTR 400 and 600. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisites. Cell biochemistry and physiology emphasizing metabolism of vitamins and minerals including antioxidant protection, immune function, nutrient control of gene expression, and disease states induced by deficiencies (e.g., iron-deficient anemia).
630 Nutrition Communication, Counseling and Culture (3). Prerequisite, NUTR 240. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Course teaches the future nutrition professional the art and science of communicating with individuals, groups, and the public. Students will enhance cultural awareness, practice counseling individuals and facilitating groups, and frame nutrition messages for mass media including social media.
640 Medical Nutrition Therapy I: Chronic Disease Management (3). Prerequisite, NUTR 630. Course designed to examine the rationale and implementation of diet therapy and nutrition support in the prevention or treatment of chronic disease.
642 Medical Nutrition Therapy II: Acute Disease Management (3). Prerequisite, NUTR 640. Course designed to examine the rationale and implementation of diet therapy and nutrition support in the prevention or treatment of acute diseases.
650 Food Science, Production, and Meal Preparation (2). Prerequisite, NUTR 240. Introduction to foods, food composition, and properties; factors affecting selection, handling, and preparation of foods; food safety; basic food industry knowledge; meal planning. NUTR 650 laboratory required.
650L Food Science, Production and Meal Preparation Laboratory (1). Concurrent with NUTR 650. This is the laboratory that accompanies NUTR 650. This laboratory applies the basic concepts of meal preparation, food production, and food science. Laboratory fee required. Three laboratory hours per week.
692H Honors Research in Nutrition (3). Permission of the instructor. Directed readings or laboratory study of a selected topic. Requires a written proposal to be submitted to and approved by the B.S.P.H. Committee and faculty research director. A written report is required. May be taken more than once for credit. Six laboratory hours per week.
695 Nutrition Research (19). Permission of the instructor. Individual arrangements with faculty for bachelor and master students to participate in ongoing research.
696 Readings in Nutrition (19). Permission of the instructor. Reading and tutorial guidance in special areas of nutrition.
Courses for Graduate Students
700 Nutrition in Medicine (2). Prerequisites, BIOL 252 and NUTR 600. Comprehensive review of nutrition basics with strong clinical perspective. Integrates nutrient biochemistry and metabolism into a framework of nutritional assessment and dietary intervention.
710 Clinical Nutrition Experience (6). Prerequisite, NUTR 644. Students are assigned to medical facilities where, under the supervision of registered dietitians, they participate in the nutritional care of patients. Field fee required. 40 hours per week for 12 weeks.
720 Public Health Nutrition Management I (25). Prerequisites, NUTR 630 and 640. Focuses on the roles and functions of the public health nutritionist in providing nutrition services at the community level. Includes domestic and international nutrition programs, essential public health services, community assessment methods, and community engagement (2-credits). For MPH-RD students, includes 336 hours of field experience (3-credits). Field fee required.
725 Public Health Nutrition Management II (3). Prerequisite, NUTR 720. An overview of the planning and management of local, state, federal, and voluntary public health nutrition programs. Examines legislative and administrative structures.
728 Nutrition Translational Research and Application (2). Prerequisites, EPID 600, NUTR 725; and NUTR 813 recommended. Permission of instructor for nonmajors. Designed to focus on translational nutrition research and application, including grant writing, to prepare students in clinical, public health, and policy arenas.
730 Advanced Nutrition Field Experience (6). Prerequisites, NUTR 710 and NUTR 720. During a consecutive ten-week block of time, students are assigned to a) hospital or b) state, local, or district health agency or other appropriate agency for their supervised field experience. Field fee required.
735 National Nutrition Issues (1). Prerequisite, NUTR 725. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Three-day in-depth seminar held in Washington, DC on national nutrition issues, policy formulation, and program development with key congressional staff, federal agencies staff, and pertinent public interest/consumer advocacy groups. Paper required. Field fee required.
745 International Nutrition (3). Provides a broad overview of international nutrition research issues, programs, and policies. Topics will include micronutrient deficiencies, child feeding and growth, determinants of under- and over-nutrition, chronic disease and nutrition, food fortification and supplementation, and nutrition intervention programs and policy.
780 Public Health Entrepreneurship (HPM 780) (3). Permission of the instructor (complete application: www.unc.edu/cei/grad). Basic concept underlying commercial and social entrepreneurship applied to public health, including guest lectures by individuals with proven success in these areas.
785 Graduate Teaching Experience (1). Permission of the instructor. Individual arrangements with faculty for a graduate student to serve as a teaching assistant for a nutrition course.
801 Advanced Nutrition Intervention and Research Methods I (2). Fundamentals of nutrition intervention and policy research, including conceptualization of research questions, hypothesis writing, and design of clinical and community trials. Applied focus on historical and innovative trials' design and implementation.
802 Advanced Nutrition Intervention and Research Methods II (2). Continuation of NUTR 801 focused on topics in nutrition intervention and policy research design and evaluation.
803 Nutrition Intervention Advanced Research Seminar (2). Prerequisites, NUTR 801 and 802. Development of critical thinking skills in the analysis of important nutrition and policy interventions. The course will examine conceptual models, research designs, intervention strategies, and measures of effectiveness. Course may be repeated once.
809 Qualitative Research Methods in Nutrition (2). Permission of the instructor. Introduces students to qualitative research methods with an emphasis on their use in nutrition-related programmatic research, both locally and globally. Uses a combination of didactic, interactive, and applied techniques to teach qualitative research knowledge and skills. Students will work in teams to collect several types of qualitative data on a project that they design.
810 Physical Activity Epidemiology and Public Health (EPID 810) (3). See EPID 810 for description.
811 Development and Evaluation of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Interventions (HBEH 811) (3). See HBEH for description.
812 Introduction to Obesity: Cell to Society (3). Permission of the instructor. Provides a broad survey of obesity research including measurement issues, biological, social and economic etiologies, health and economic consequences, and prevention and treatment of obesity.
813 Nutritional Epidemiology (EPID 813) (3). Prerequisites, BIOS 600, and EPID 600 or 710. This course introduces basic methods of dietary assessment, reviews various topics in nutrition epidemiology, and teaches the skills needed for critical evaluation of the nutritional epidemiologic literature.
814 Obesity Epidemiology (EPID 814) (3). Prerequisites, BIOS 600, EPID 710, 715, and NUTR/EPID 813. Examines epidemiology research on the causes, consequences, and prevention of obesity. Emphasis on methodological issues pertinent to obesity research.
818 Analytical Methods in Nutritional Epidemiology (EPID 818) (3). Prerequisites, BIOS 545, EPID 600 or 710, and NUTR 813. Skills and techniques to study how dietary exposures, physical activity, and anthropometric status relate to disease outcomes. Focus is hands on data analysis using STATA, and interpretation of results from statistical analysis.
845 Nutritional Metabolism (3). Prerequisite, NUTR 600. A problem-based approach to examine current topics in biochemistry relevant to nutrition and metabolism. Students interpret data and design experiments related to recent advances in nutritional biochemistry.
861 Advanced Nutritional Biochemistry: Nutrition and Immunology (2). Prerequisites, NUTR 600 and 620. Presents an understanding of basic immunology and the role of nutrition in modifying the immune response.
863 Adv Nutr Biochemistry: Microenvironments-Inflammation in Obesity, Atherolsclerosis, and Cancer (2). Prerequisite, NUTR 600. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Will examine the interaction of cells in the microenvironment and recent advances in the role of metabolism and inflammation.
864 Adv Nutr Biochemistry: Oxidative Stress and Nutritional Antioxidants in Human Health and Disease (2). BIOL 101, CHEM 102, and NUTR 400. Permission of instructor for non-majors. Course provides basic information about the cellular and molecular mechanisms that are responsible for generation of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species, about key cellular structures targeted by these species, and about the role of oxidative stress and antioxidants in etiology and prevention of human diseases.
865 Advanced Nutritional Biochemistry: Nutrigenomics (GNET 865) (2). Permission of the instructor. Course focuses on nutrigenomics, the effect of diet on gene expression, with an emphasis on the genetic and dietary interactions predisposing one to increased risk of disease.
866 Advanced Nutritional Biochemistry: Nutrition and Population Genetics (2). Prerequisites, NUTR 600 and 620. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisites. Course focuses on the genetic susceptibility to nutrition-related diseases and population variance in response to diet.
867 Advanced Nutritional Biochemistry: Vitamins and Disease (2). Prerequisites, NUTR 600 and 620. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisites. Focuses on the molecular processes involving B and D-group vitamins, mechanisms or pathologies caused by their deficiency, as well as the latest studies on nutritional requirements, population consumption levels, and use the vitamins for treatment and prevention of human disease.
868 Nutrients and Disease: Brain Function and Development (2). Prerequisites, NUTR 600 and 620. Seminar on nutrients that influence brain and neuron development and function.
875 Nutrition Policy Seminar (12). Permission of the instructor for undergraduates. Seminar addressing current public health nutrition policy challenges and controversies including school lunch standards, sugar-sweetened beverages, Farm Bill, federal food programs, Affordable Care Act, and policies affecting local food systems like food policy councils, farm to school programs, and good agricultural practices (GAP) certification.
880 Elements of Being a Scientist (3). Permission of the instructor. For doctoral students prepared with Ph.D. aims/focus. Focuses on key elements that contribute to a successful career as a scientific researcher. These include scientific presentations, NIH proposal grant writing, evaluating published manuscripts, sources of funding, peer review, use of animals and humans in research, and scientific ethics.
885 Doctoral Seminar (1). This course is designed for doctoral and master of science students only. Critical review of current literature in nutritional biochemistry, intervention and policy, and population-based nutrition science. Focuses on the development of skills in reviewing and criticizing articles.
910 Nutrition Research (19). Individual arrangements with faculty for doctoral students to participate in ongoing research.
920 Research Rotations for Nutritional Biochemistry Doctoral Students (13). Two laboratory or research group rotations supervised by nutritional biochemistry faculty. Provides a breadth of research experience for students prior to selecting dissertation adviser. Up to six laboratory hours per week.
992 Master's (Non-Thesis) (3).
993 Master's Research and Thesis (3).
994 Doctoral Research and Dissertation (3).