Amanda S. Holliday, Clinical Assistant Professor, was selected by the students of the Department of Nutrition as the faculty member “who improves the student learning environment and outcomes by integrating new technologies, engaging students in interactive activities, employing creative assessment methods, introducing progressive curriculum and/or incorporating creative ideas.” Ms. Holliday was recognized during the February “Celebrate Teaching!” event held on February 22 in the Armfield Atrium of the Michael Hooker Research Center. (click on picture for details)
Message from the Chair
"The UNC nutrition department is a global leader in moving from discovery to delivery across our divisions: Biochemistry, Epidemiology, Intervention and Policy, and Practice and Continuing Education." Read more.

Read the Department of Nutrition's statement on House Bill 2.

Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD
Professor and Chair

The Department of Nutrition is currently recognized as a global leader in research and training, and is unique in that it is the only one in the U.S. that is situated in both a school of public health and a school of medicine.

We have created an innovative program that capitalizes on both these schools’ historical approaches to health, and thus our department has an unusual breadth of scientific and policy approaches, literally spanning from cell to society, moving from discovery to delivery. The work of department faculty and students is carried out throughout North Carolina and spans the globe to communities and populations in China, India, Malawi, Spain and The Philippines, to name a few. You can read more about our research strengths here.  

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The Department of Nutrition Fall 2016 Seminar Series schedule has been released.

The Department of Nutrition welcomes Dr. Jason Locasale (Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, Duke University School of Medicine) on Friday, September 9 at 2:00pm in 2301 McGavran-Greenberg Hall.

An archive of Department Seminars can be found at this link.


Faculty Highlights

Dr. Molly De Marco with Dr. James W. Dean, Jr.

Dr. Molly De Marco with Dr. James W. Dean, Jr.

Molly De Marco, PhD, research assistant professor of nutrition and project director in the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, received the 2016 Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Award for engaged research. The U.S. Department of Agriculture funds SNAP-Ed UNC: Healthy Food for All in North Carolina project, which DeMarco directs, to provide nutrition education to people eligible for SNAP benefits (formerly known as food stamps) in six predominately rural North Carolina counties. Intervention activities include implementing 18 community gardens, working with three farmers’ markets to remove barriers to use of SNAP benefits and increasing summer meals sites. Read more.







Dr. Peggy Bentley and Lisa Sanders of the Kellogg Company at the Awards Ceremony of the American Society of Human Nutrition in San Diego, CA on April 3.


Peggy Bentley, PhD, has received the American Society for Nutrition’s (ASN) 2016 Kellogg Prize for International Nutrition Research and Lecture. The award, sponsored by the Kellogg Company, recognizes a member of ASN’s Global Nutrition Council who is actively engaged in research to benefit populations in non-industrialized countries and active in training new scientists for international nutrition research. Dr. Bentley received her award at the ASN Awards Ceremony on April 3, 2016. Read more.




Dr. Deborah Tate

Dr. Deborah Tate


Deborah F. Tate, PhD, professor of health behavior and of nutrition, and Carmina G. Valle, PhD, research assistant professor of health behavior, have been awarded new funding for their Gillings Innovation Lab (GIL) titled “Precision Public Health: Enhancing Connections to Develop Just-in-Time Adaptive Intervention Strategies.” Read more.





Dr. Miroslav Styblo


Miroslav Styblo, PhD, professor of nutrition, and Praveen Sethupathy, PhD, assistant professor of genetics in the UNC School of Medicine have been awarded new funding for their Gillings Innovation Labs (GIL) titled “Circulating microRNAs as Novel Biomarkers of Arsenic-Associated Diabetes.” Read more.


Department of Nutrition
Awards Ceremony!

The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education

Redbud Room

April 14, 2016

3:00 PM

*Snacks & refreshments provided

Left to right: Ridley Zook, Julia Sundermann, and Michelle Davis.


The Department of Nutrition
Fall Seminar Series Schedule:

September 9, 2016:
Dr. Jason Locasale
Time: 2:00pm
Location: 2301 McGavran-Greenberg Hall

September 19, 2016:
Dr. Claudia Fischbach-Teschl
Time: 4:00pm
Location: Physics Building

October 14, 2016:
Dr. Carol Cheatham
Time: 2:00pm
Location: 2301 McGavran-Greenberg Hall

November 11, 2016:
Dr. Mirek Styblo
Time: 2:00pm
Location: 2301 McGavran-Greenberg Hall

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