Karen Corbin


Research Assistant Professor 

Karen Corbin’s Biosketch 
Curriculum Vitae


UNC Nutrition Research Institute
500 Laureate Way 
Campus Box Suite 2151 
Kannapolis, N.C. 28081 

T: 704-250-5022 


University of South Florida College of Medicine
PhD, Molecular Medicine

James A. Haley Veterans Hospital
RD, Registered Dietitian 

Florida State University
BS, Nutrition and Food Science

Research activities

Dr. Corbin has devoted her clinical and research career to understanding nutrition requirements in common chronic disorders including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity. At the UNC Nutrition Research Institute in Kannapolis, she has been instrumental in launching the clinical nutrition research facilities, including the metabolic chamber, metabolic research kitchen, and body composition laboratory. She has collaborated on several studies across the Institute, including two involving the metabolic chamber, which measures energy expenditure and substrate utilization very precisely in humans. She recently completed postdoctoral studies related to the involvement of genetic polymorphisms across one carbon metabolism, and related pathways, in obesity and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Her current studies are focused on understanding the mechanisms by which one carbon metabolism intersects with energy metabolism, with particular emphasis on hepatic mechanisms.