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John Easterbrook, PhD

John Easterbrook, PhD

Managing Director
Nutrition Obesity Research Center
  • Nutrition Obesity Research Center
  • Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • 259 Rosenau Hall, CB # 7461
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599
  • USA

Dr. Easterbrook oversees the day-to-day administration of the NIDDK-funded UNC Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) (P30DK056350). For the Center’s Enrichment Program, he develops educational outreach components, administers the collaborative seminar series, and maintains the UNC NORC web and social media presence. He is also the point of contact for the Center’s Pilot & Feasibility (P&F) Program, for which he coordinates the annual pilot funding application cycle and the annual P&F Symposium. For the Center’s Administrative Core, he serves as financial manager for the UNC NORC and related projects. Dr. Easterbrook also coordinates the grant writing process for annual progress reports to NIH and competitive renewal proposals, including reporting on the Center's measures of success.

Prior to rejoining the Gillings School of Global Public Health in June 2019, Dr. Easterbrook spent three years as Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in the English Department at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo. At Cal Poly, Dr. Easterbrook taught undergraduate and graduate courses in environmental writing and early Anglo-American writing from the fifteenth through the eighteenth century. Before joining the faculty at Cal Poly, he served as communications lead with the Department of Nutrition at UNC. Earlier in his career at UNC, Dr. Easterbrook served as Project Manager with the Aiello Research Group in the Department of Epidemiology. Dr. Easterbrook holds a bachelor of arts in English from Manhattan College, where he was valedictorian, a master of arts in English from New York University, and a doctorate in English from New York University.

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PhD, English, New York University, 2015

MA, English, New York University, 2008

BA, English, Manhattan College, 2004

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