Tamar Ringel-Kulka, MD

Research Assistant Professor Department of Maternal and Child Health

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404A Rosenau

CB# 7445

Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Representative Courses

MHCH 702 Foundations of Maternal and Child Health | Syllabus

Research Activities
  • The intestinal microbiota
  • Prebiotics, Probiotics, Synbiotics and Antibiotics
  • Infant and child nutrition including breastfeeding and infant feeding
  • Health disparities
  • Infant, children and adolescents health promotion and disease prevention
  • Community-based participatory research (CBPR)
Service Activities

Consultation to food and medical food industry

Practice Activities

Director, North Carolina Child Care Health and Safety Resource Center 


Key Publications

Multi-center, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, parallel-group study to evaluate the benefit of the probiotic Bifidobacterium infantis 35624 in non-patients with symptoms of abdominal discomfort and bloating. Ringel-Kulka T, McRorie J, Ringel Y (2017). Am J Gastroenterol, 112(1), 145-51.

Use of probiotics and prebiotics in infant feeding. Bertelsen RJ, Jensen ET, Ringel-Kulka T (2016). Best Pract Res Clin Gastroenterol, 30(1), 39-48.

Discordant temporal development of bacterial phyla and the emergence of core in the fecal microbiota of young children. Cheng J, Ringel-Kulka T, Heikamp-de Jong I, Ringel Y, Carroll IM, de Vos WM, Salojärvi J, Satokari R (2016). ISME J, 10(4), 1002-14.

Altered colonic bacterial fermentation as a potential pathophysiological factor in irritable bowel syndrome. Ringel-Kulka T, Choi CH, Temas D, Kim A, Maier D, Scott K, Galanko JA, Ringel Y (2015). Am J Gastroenterol, 110(9), 1339-46.

Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of synbiotic yogurt effect on the health of children. Ringel-Kulka T, Kotch JB, Jensen ET, Savage E, Weber DJ (2015). J Pediatr, 166(6), 1475-81.


MPH, Health Policy and Administration, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000

MD, Medicine, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, 1991