Mirek Styblo

Mirek Styblo, PhD

Department of Nutrition
Adjunct Professor
Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
2302 Michael Hooker Res. Center
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7461


Dr. Styblo is a biochemist with background in nutritional biochemistry and biochemical toxicology. His research focuses on topics that require expertise in both nutrition and toxicology and typically involve a translational or interdisciplinary approach. His current laboratory and human population studies examine the associations between exposure to environmental pollutants and risk of metabolic disease, including diabetes, and the role of diet in modulation of this risk. The ultimate goal of his research is to characterize the interactions between environmental toxins and essential nutrients and to determine how these interactions affects development of common human diseases. Identification of molecular, metabolic and (epi)genetic markers that could facilitate risk assessment, prevention or treatment of these diseases is an essential part of this work.

Honors and Awards

Delta Omega Society
2011, UNC-CH

Gillings Innovation Laboratory award
2008, UNC-CH

Author of the most cited paper in Archives of Toxicology for a period of 2001-2007
2007, UNC-CH

Young Investigator Award
1998, Clinical Nutrition Research Center, UNC Chapel Hill

Representative Courses

NUTR400 Intro to Nutr Biochemistry

Pathology 726, Environmental Metals

Research Interests:

Cancer, Diabetes, Public Health Studies (Design, Conduct and Analysis)


  • PhD, Biochemistry, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, 1988
  • Graduate Degree, Biochemistry, Kharkov State University, 1980