Delisha Stewart

Delisha Stewart, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Nutrition
500 Laureate Way, Room 4211
Kannapolis, NC 28081


Dr. Stewart received her doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at UNC, using genomics to investigate immune contributions within the tumor microenvironment on breast cancer subtype aggressiveness.

She joined the National Institutes of Health's Eastern Regional Comprehensive Metabolomics Resource Core (ERCMRC) as a post-doc to learn metabolomics; she now uses genomics, metabolomics and high-throughput molecular bioassays to study crosstalk between the immune system and malignancy, metabolic dysfunction in cancer, and immunological diseases and the influence of nutrition on treatment disparities.

Dr. Stewart joined the Nutrition Research Institute in March 2017 as a research assistant professor, while continuing to lead all cancer and immunology-focused studies in the ERCMRC. Her research aims to characterize the etiology and progression of cancer microenvironments, identify diagnostic and therapeutic biomarkers, and determine the role of different nutritional states on disparate cancer treatment outcomes.

Delisha Stewart in the Gillings News

Key Publications

Increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the fields of nutrition and obesity: A road map to equity in academia. Samantha Martin, Michelle I. Cardel, Tiffany Carson, James O. Hill, Takara Stanley, Steven Grinspoon, Felicia Stegar, Loneke Blackman-Carr, Maxine Ashby-Thompson, Delisha Stewart, Jamy Ard, The Nutrition Obesity Research Center Taskforce to Advance the Careers of Researchers from Groups Underrepresented in Academia and Fatima Cody Stanford (2023). Obesity.
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  • PhD, Biochemistry, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2001
  • BS, Biochemistry, University of Dayton, 1996