About the Program

Mission and Overview

The mission of the Ph.D. in Nutrition Program is to increase the number of scientists, academicians, and researchers who understand how to integrate the disciplines of molecular biology, metabolism, and nutritional science to formulate questions and solve problems in relation to the metabolic diseases of our society.  The increasing problems associated with metabolic diseases (e.g. diabetes) of our State, Region and the U.S. require these appropriately trained individuals.

Students in our Ph.D. program work closely with a research advisor and mentor with an active NIH-funded research program for their focused research area.  Also, through coursework and seminars, students gain a broad perspective and excellent foundation in knowledge/skills of molecular biology, biochemistry and metabolism as well as nutrition for health promotion and disease prevention.

Areas of concentration

The Ph.D. in Nutrition Program focuses on Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism. The nutritional biochemistry/metabolism track offers extensive in-depth coursework in stable isotopes and metabolomics with a focused metabolic research project. There is an opportunity for elective coursework in this track. The electives are tailored to address the strengths/weaknesses and research/ career interests of each student.