Major Research Areas

The Department of Nutritional Sciences’ research program sponsors the work of scientists and their students as they explore the complex relationship between our diets and our health.

Our research faculty examine the human organism from the minute–molecules, genes, cells—to the systemic—individuals, families, societies; we work in the nexus of epidemiology, genetics, public health, cell biology, and medicine.

The Department of Nutritional Sciences is interested in the interconnectedness of human systems. We are finding those nuanced connections: the role of insulin in the development of some cancers, the role of carotenoids in the prevention of macular degeneration, the role of environmental toxins in the etiology of birth defects, the role of socioeconomic disadvantage in the development of certain chronic diseases.

Our research is basic and applied. We are science based, human focused.