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Stephanie Thomas, PhD

Stephanie Thomas, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Nutrition
  • 7330 Medical Biomolecular Research Building
  • 111 Mason Farm Road
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599 USA
  • USA

Dr. Stephanie Thomas joined the Gillings School's Department of Nutrition in August 2017 as a research assistant professor. Dr. Thomas’ research focuses on the characterization of the intestinal microbiota in both human populations and mouse models to identify how microbial metabolites influence host physiology such as intestinal barrier integrity, weight regulation and behavior, as well as how diet can modulate the host-microbe interactions.

Her research combines both clinical and basic science to evaluate the impact that complex microbial communities in the gut have on host physiology.

Research Activities

• Intestinal microbiome
• Metabolomics
• Intestinal permeability
• Microbiome-gut-brain axis


Postdoctoral Fellowship, Eating Disorders, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, 2016

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Microbiology and Immunology, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, 2009

PhD, Microbiology, Montana State University Bozeman, 2004

BA, Environmental and Population Biology, University of Colorado Boulder, 1994

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