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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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Congratulations to the NRI’s Newest Doctoral Graduates

The Nutrition Research Institute has two reasons to be extra thankful this holiday season: we are celebrating two new PhDs! Congratulations to Kaylee Helfrich, PhD, and Evan Paules, PhD, our most recent NRI doctoral graduates. Kaylee Helfrich, PhD, (Smith Lab)...

Innovation. Discovery. Impact.

Fiscal Year 2021 was a landmark year in the history of the UNC Nutrition Research Institute: We transitioned directorship while continually adapting to safety requirements to operate our world-class center during a worldwide pandemic. We are delighted to share with...

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.

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