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UNC Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC)
Contact the Nutrition Obesity Research Center

CENTER LEADERSHIP

Steven Zeisel, MD, PhD
Kenan Distinguished Professor,
Nutrition and Pediatrics
2115-A Michael Hooker Research Center
CB# 7461
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
(919) 843-4731
steven_zeisel@unc.edu
  • Co-Director
  • Sub Core Co-Director, Metabolic Molecular Phenotyping - Kannapolis
Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD
Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor, Nutrition and
Medicine Chair, Nutrition
245 Rosenau Hall
CB# 7461
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
(919) 966-7218
beth_mayer-davis@unc.edu
  • Co-Director
  • Director, Enrichment Program
Melinda Beck, PhD
Associate Chair for Academics
and Professor, Nutrition
2303 Michael Hooker Research Center
CB# 7461
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
(919) 966-6809
melinda_beck@unc.edu
  • Sub Core Co-Director, Metabolic Molecular Phenotyping - Chapel Hill
Ian Carroll, PhD
Assistant Professor, Nutrition
111 Mason Farm Road
7312C MBRB Building
CB# 7032
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
(919) 843-4893
ian_carroll@med.unc.edu
  • Sub Core Co-Director, Nutritional Genomics and Microbiome Core (Microbiome)
Rosalind Coleman, MD
Professor, Nutrition and Pediatrics
2301 Michael Hooker Research Center
CB# 7461
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
(919) 966-7213
rcoleman@unc.edu
  • Director, Pilot & Feasibility Grant Program
  • Co-Director, Animal Metabolism Phenotyping Core-Chapel Hill
Stephen D. Hursting, PhD, MPH
Professor, Nutrition
2115-B Michael Hooker Research Center
CB# 7461
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
(919) 966-7346
hursting@email.unc.edu
  • Director, Animal Metabolism Phenotyping Core-Kannapolis
Martin Kohlmeier, MD, PhD
Research Professor, Nutrition
500 Laureate Way
Kannapolis, NC 28081
(704) 250-5023
mkohlmeier@unc.edu
  • Sub-Core Director, Clinical and Community Assessment and Intervention: Clinical Assessment
Dr. Katie Meyer
Katie Meyer, ScD
Research Assistant Professor, Nutrition
500 Laureate Way
Kannapolis, NC 28081
(704) 250-5071
ktmeyer@email.unc.edu
  • Sub Core Co-Director, Nutritional Genomics and Microbiome Core (Microbiome)
S. Raza Shaikh, PhD
Associate Professor, Nutrition 2203 McGavran-Greenberg
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
(919) 843-4348
shaikhsa@email.unc.edu
  • Director, Animal Metabolism Phenotyping Core-Chapel Hill
Susan Sumner, PhD
Professor, Nutrition
500 Laureate Way, Suite 4201
Kannapolis, NC 28081
(704) 250-5066
susan_sumner@unc.edu
  • Director, Metabolomics and Metabolic Molecular Phenotyping Core
Kimberly Parker Truesdale, PhD
Research Associate Professor, Nutrition
2209 McGavran-Greenberg Hall
CB# 7461
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
(919) 966-2327
kim_truesdale@unc.edu
  • Sub-Core Director, Human Assessment and Intervention: Diet and Physical Activity in Human Populations Core
Deborah Tate, PhD
Professor, Health Behavior and Nutrition
1700 MLK Jr Blvd, Suite 100
CB# 7294
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
(919) 966-7546
dtate@unc.edu
  • Director, Human Assessment and Intervention: CHAI Core
Saroja Voruganti, PhD
Assistant Professor, Nutrition
500 Laureate Way, Suite 3150
Kannapolis, NC 28081
(704) 250-5009
saroja@unc.edu
  • Director, Nutritional Genomics and Microbiome Core (Nutrigenetics)

OTHER CENTER PERSONNEL

Jody Albright
Research Technician, Bennett Lab
500 Laureate Way, Suite 2303
Kannapolis, NC 28081
(704) 250-5049
jodyalb@email.unc.edu
  • Core Manager, Animal Metabolism Phenotyping Core-Kannapolis
Tonda Blevins
Research Technician
500 Laureate Way
Kannapolis, NC 28081
(704) 250-5035
tonda_blevins@email.unc.edu
  • Research Technician
Liz Breitwise
Managing Director
500 Laureate Way, Suite 2219
Kannapolis, NC 28081
(704) 250-5020
NORC_admin@unc.edu
  • Managing Director, UNC NORC
  • Responsible for the day-to-day management of the NORC
  • Contact for all questions regarding the Center
Joy Cox Black
Core Manager
2219 McGavran-Greenberg Hall
CB# 7461
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
(919) 966-7237
coxcj@email.unc.edu
  • Core Manager, Human Assessment and Intervention: Diet and Physical Activity in Human Populations Core
Anne Cabell, MPH
Administrative Director
1700 MLK Jr Blvd, Suite 100
CB# 7294
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
(919) 843-7830
acabell@email.unc.edu
  • Administrative Director, Human Assessment and Intervention: CHAI Core
Traci Davis, MS
Research Specialist
Michael Hooker Research
Center #2204
CB# 7461
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
(919) 843-5145
tracid@email.unc.edu
  • Core Manager, Animal Metabolism Phenotyping Core-Chapel Hill
Kelly R. Evenson, PhD
Research Professor, Epidemiology
137 East Franklin Street
Suite 306, CVS Plaza
CB #8050
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
(919) 966-4187
kelly_evenson@unc.edu
  • Physical Activity Research Consultant
Derek Hales, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Nutrition
McGavran-Greenberg Hall
CB# 7461
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
(919) 966-6089
derekh@email.unc.edu
  • Physical Activity Expert, Diet and Physical Activity in Human Populations Core
Jania Hattabaugh, MPH
Clinical Studies Coordinator -
Human Research Core
500 Laureate Way
Kannapolis, NC 28081
(704) 250-5075
jania_hattabaugh@unc.edu
Sunil Hwang
Lab Manager, Zeisel Lab
500 Laureate Way, Suite 2149
Kannapolis, NC 28081
(704) 250-5041
sunil_hwang@unc.edu
  • Core Manager, Metabolic Molecular Phenotyping Sub-Core-Kannapolis
Beth MacIntosh, MPH, RD, LDN
Clinical Nutrition Manager
UNC Healthcare Department of Nutrition and Food Services
Courtyard Café
102 Mason Farm Road
CB# 7777
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
(984) 974-5786
beth.macintosh@unchealth.unc.edu
  • Clinical Nutrition Manager, Metabolic & Nutrition Research Core
Susan McRitchie
Program Manager, Sumner Lab
500 Laureate Way
Kannapolis, NC 28081
(704) 250-5067
susan_mcritchie@unc.edu
  • Core Manager, Metabolomics and Metabolic Molecular Phenotyping Core
Qing Shi, MS
Research Technician
2215 Michael Hooker Research Center
CB# 7461
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
(919) 966-7162
qing_shi@unc.edu
  • Core Manager, Metabolic Molecular Phenotyping Sub-Core-Chapel Hill
Mirek Styblo, PhD
Professor, Nutrition
Adjunct Associate Professor, Environmental Sciences and Engineering
2302 Michael Hooker Research Center
CB# 7461
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
(919) 966-5721
styblo@med.unc.edu
  • Director, Atomic Absorption Spectrometry Lab
Melissa VerHague, PhD
Research Associate
500 Laureate Way
Kannapolis, NC 28081
(704) 250-5049
verhague@email.unc.edu
  • Core Manager, Animal Metabolism Phenotyping Core-Kannapolis