Primary Areas of Precision Nutrition Research


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NRI principal investigators hold faculty appointments in the departments of Nutrition and Psychology at UNC Chapel Hill. Their research includes studies on the role of nutrients in preventing disease, diet-related health behaviors and risk factors for disease, the effects of the environment and genes on disease outcomes, and the impact of gene-nutrient interactions. For more information about NRI faculty, visit our Faculty Directory.

Research Cores

The NRI houses research cores that offer a wide range of services to researchers. Cores offer shared resources, including cutting-edge technologies, high-end instrumentation, technical support, and education. Our cores are committed to enhancing and expanding the collaborative capabilities of research at our institute, on the North Carolina Research Campus, and throughout the research community.

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Zeisel Offers a Glimpse into the Future of Precision Nutrition

UNC NRI Director Steven Zeisel, MD, PhD, recently gave the annual lecture for the University of Minnesota Henderson Biochemistry Nutritional Biochemistry Lectureship Series. The series is named for LaVell M. Henderson, who made important scientific and administrative...

November Appetite For Life with a Twist Online November 18 

On November 18 at 6:00PM ET, join us via Zoom for a presentation of "How Nutrition Research at UNC-Chapel Hill is Developing around the Coronavirus" by Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD, Associate Dean for Research in the Gillings School of Global Public Health and Professor...

A Note from NRI Director Steven H. Zeisel, MD, PhD 

I always look forward to the publication of our annual Impact Report, which allows us the opportunity to share with you our accomplishments of the year. This year, as I bring you news of advancements in our laboratories and studies, of exciting faculty findings...

Hot Off the Press: Virtual Internship Program Summer Journal

At the UNC Nutrition Research Institute (NRI), we regularly welcome members of our community to come “behind the scenes” to learn more about our work. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic forced our team to cancel all in-person activities for summer 2020. We knew that...

Training for Scientists

The NRI is a center for precision nutrition training through programs for graduate and medical students, post-doctoral trainees, faculty, practicing physicians and other medical providers, registered dietitians, and industry professionals.

Support the NRI

By donating to the Nutrition Research Institute, your money targets the root of most American disease. Our scientists focus on how our genes respond to food so that soon medical practitioners will be able to guide people in their health from childhood through old age. Our critical research depends on the generosity of people like you.