The UNC Nutrition Research Institute is a center for precision nutrition training. Our faculty mentor doctoral students, develop online nutrition education courses, and chair or present workshops and symposia in specialized areas of study. Our goal is to provide the most up-to-date information and resources in the field of precision nutrition for students, researchers and medical practitioners.


The NRI has the business and administrative infrastructure to support all aspects of running a $20 million research organization. It is located on the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, North Carolina and is part of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. UNC Nutrition Research Institute faculty and professional support staff accept unpaid student interns for short-term immersion and semester-long learning experiences. We work with your institutions to help you earn class credit when possible.


Faculty members in the departments of Nutrition and Psychology at UNC-Chapel Hill and located at the Nutrition Research Institute in Kannapolis often have openings for outstanding doctoral students. These are exceptional opportunities to conduct research in a state-of-the-art facility under the direction of professors who are leaders in their fields.

Nutrition in Medicine

Nutrition in Medicine is an online program of evidence-based clinical nutrition education for medical students, residents, fellows, and other physicians. This curriculum includes prevention and therapeutic perspectives of nutrition; spans the pre-clinical and clinical training of physicians; presents the biochemical basis of nutrition, nutrition epidemiology, clinical nutrition (including nutrition assessment), and nutrition-related preventive health care; and uses innovative techniques to excite the student about the field of nutrition.

NGx Short Course

This annual workshop-style course provides the fundamental concepts of nutrigenetics, nutrigenomics and personalized nutrition through cutting-edge presentations and hands-on experiences. Attendees have the opportunity to participate in a personal DNA test and examine their own nutrigenetic data. The course is designed for graduate students, health professionals and nutrition scientists from academia, agencies, and industry.

NGx 2021 will be held in Kannapolis. Registration opens in January 2021.


Faculty investigators at the NRI collaborate to bring experts in topics pertaining to precision nutrition to the North Carolina Research Campus for symposia to advance exploration and expand research. Attendees are scientists, physicians, and funding agency representatives with expertise in the selected topic. 

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.