Natalia Krupenko, PhD, Promoted to Associate Professor of Nutrition 

April 30, 2020 – Natalia Krupenko, PhD, has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) Director Steven Zeisel, MD, PhD, announced the promotion with great pleasure, acknowledging the significance of this accomplishment. “This is an important milestone in a scientific career, and Dr. Krupenko deserves the honor,” he said emphasizing the impact of Krupenko’s research. Read more.


Milk. Is It Good for You? 

April 30, 2020 – The news about drinking milk to stay healthy and live longer is sometimes contradictory and often confusing. Some people believe that they should drink three glasses of milk a day, while others think that they should not eat any dairy or drink any milk at all. What are the facts? Milk is often called a whole food because it provides a lot of important nutrients, including those that keep our bones strong and healthy. Read more.


AFL Watch Party #2 Thursday, April 30, 2-3 PM EDT with Carol L. Cheatham, PhD

April 30, 2020 – We miss connecting with our community at Appetite for Life events, so while we’re all working to flatten the curve, we’re bringing the events to you at home. Our Facebook Watch Parties feature recorded past Appetite for Life programs. Watch along with us at the designated time when the featured speaker will be available to answer questions live via the comments!

The next AFL Watch Party on the NRI Facebook page is April 30 at 2 PM EDT, and will feature NRI faculty member Carol Cheatham, PhD, presenting, “Berries and Brain: Partners in Life and Longevity” (from April 2014 AFL).

AFL Watch Party topics in May will be: “Genes and Individual Response to Nutrients in Bone Health” with Saroja Voruganti, PhD (January 2020 AFL) and, by viewer request, “Fun(ctional) Fall Flavors Cooking Demonstration” with Sarah Hreyo, MAS (October 2018 AFL). Dates for these Watch Parties will be announced soon on Facebook. Join the Watch Party here on April 30.


NRI Proudly Congratulates Two New PhDs

April 30, 2020 – The UNC Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) is known as a center for precision nutrition research. Did you know that we are also a center for precision nutrition training? At the NRI, graduate students have the unique opportunity to learn and work alongside leaders in the field at our state-of-the-art institution. We are pleased to announce that two students have recently earned their PhD degrees under the guidance of NRI faculty.

Grant Canipe, a graduate student in the lab of Carol Cheatham, PhD, successfully defended his thesis on individualized cognitive decline and the impact of gut microbiome composition. Keri Baron, a graduate student in the lab of Natalia Krupenko, PhD, successfully defended her thesis on how ceramides, a group of bioactive lipids, respond to folate. Read details about Dr. Canipe’s and Dr. Baron’s theses and their findings of note. Read more.


Li Uses Metabolomics to Study Diabetes

April 30, 2020 – Yaunyuan Li, PhD, a member of the Sumner Lab at the UNC Nutrition Research Institute (NRI), has been published in Archives of Toxicology with her manuscript titled, “Exposure to inorganic arsenic and its methylated metabolites alters metabolomics profiles in INS-1 832/13 insulinoma cells and isolated pancreatic islet. Read more.


Carolina at the Forefront of COVID-19 Research

April 30, 2020 – With gratitude, we recognize our colleagues at Carolina who are leading many areas of research around the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of their work, Carolina ranks highest among U.S. universities in coronavirus research. The Microsoft Academic world ranking places the University at No. 8, behind only the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes for Health in the U.S.