The Gillings School’s Department of Nutrition is a global leader in research, training and public policy. As the only academic nutrition program in the United States located in both a school of public health and a school of medicine, we are uniquely positioned to engage in innovative approaches to move quickly from discovery to delivery. Our faculty expertise spans from molecule to society and capitalizes on interdisciplinary approaches to identify and deliver optimal nourishment for the planet and train the leaders of tomorrow. Our students and faculty share and benefit from an unusual breadth of scientific, research and policy expertise as we work to improve and enhance the public’s health through better nutrition throughout North Carolina and around the world.
Faculty Seminar with Dr. Kelsey Fisher-Wellman
Please join the Department of Nutrition for a faculty seminar with Dr. Kelsey Fisher-Wellman. His research focuses on the ways in which mitochondria are bioenergetically tailored to their respective host cell’s physiology and how this process can be disrupted in the context of cancer. June 7th at 9am in Rosenau Hall 230 and Zoom
Faculty Seminar with Dr. Matthew Ulgherait
Please join the Department of Nutrition for a faculty seminar with Dr. Matthew Ulgherait. His research focuses on the microbiome and the amelioration of age-related intestinal diseases in Drosophila. June 15th at 10am in Rosenau Hall 230 and Zoom
Faculty Seminar with Dr. Arion Kennedy
Please join the Department of Nutrition for a faculty seminar with Dr. Arion Kennedy. Her research focuses of the impact of the innate and adaptive immune system on obesity-associated metabolic disorders. June 19th at 9am in Rosenau Hall 230 and Zoom
Faculty Seminar with Dr. Katsu Funai
Please join the Department of Nutrition for a faculty seminar with Dr. Katsu Funai. His research studies the molecular mechanisms that regulate skeletal muscle metabolism and the effect of obesity on cellular homeostasis. July 12th at 9am in Rosenau Hall 230 and Zoom
Message from the Interim Chair
"Improving nutrition is a pivotal factor in improving public health around the globe. Critical public health issues – ranging from food insecurity and obesity to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer – depend on nutrition research and practice."Read more from Dr. Beck.
To improve and protect the public’s health through teaching, research and practices that foster optimal nutrition.
To achieve optimal nutrition for all people around the globe.
Statement on Inclusive Excellence:
The Department of Nutrition calls on each of its students, faculty and staff to commit to nurturing an environment of inclusion, equity and belonging. We actively value diversity of perspectives and background, support the success of all members of our community, and affirm that we are strongest when we embrace diversity in all of its forms, including race, spirituality, sexuality, gender identity, culture, ability, age and socioeconomic status. The department and its members must first acknowledge that we have contributed to the crises of racism, inequities and health disparities through our policies, hiring practices, clinical practices, education and research. We now commit to listening and learning to address these crises through thoughtful and intentional action within our department.
It is only through commitment to anti-racism and inclusivity that we can achieve our mission – to improve and protect the public’s health through teaching, research and practices that foster optimal nutrition for all in our local communities and around the globe.
Interested in becoming a nutrition student?
- Look into our programs.
- Learn more about our research strengths.
- Fill out a Prospective Student Inquiry Form.
What are we talking about lately?
- Department Statement on Tenure Case of Nikole Hannah-Jones (PDF)
- Department Statement on Chauvin Verdict (PDF)
- Department Statement on Anti-Asian and Asian American Violence (PDF)
- Message from the Department of Nutrition leadership (PDF)
- Recent Work of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee (PDF)
- Department Statement on Racism (PDF)
- Department Statement on COVID-19 (PDF)
- Silent Sam Settlement – Department Perspective (PDF)
- Dean’s Response to Recent Incidents
- Department Response to Student Letter (PDF)
- Nutrition Student Letter Against Silent Sam Proposal (PDF)
- A statement on Silent Sam from the chairs of the Gillings School (PDF)