Current ResearchThere are three signature areas of research in Nutrition:
- 1) obesity, energy balance and chronic disease (Drs. Brown, Lovelady, McIntosh,
2) bioactive food component effects on cell function and prevention of disease processes (Drs. Erikson, Jia, Kipp, Loo, McIntosh, Morrison, Zhan); and
3) nutrition risks and needs of underserved/limited resource populations (Drs. Dharod, Haldeman)
The Nutrition faculty are fully engaged in the research process central to the research productivity in the life sciences and allied health sciences at UNCG, and actively collaborating with other researchers at UNCG and at other institutions such as Johns Hopkins University, Vanderbilt University, Duke University, Wake Forest University, East Carolina University, the University of Georgia, North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Appalachian State University, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University 9SJTU), P.R. China.
Faculty research programs have been funded from national governmental agencies including the National Institutes of Health and the US Department of Agriculture, and national foundations inlcuding the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Heart Association, and J.B. Reynolds Foundation. Research is also supported by local, state and regional agencies including the US Department of Agriculture Southern Rural Development Center and the North Carolina Healthy Weight Initiative Community Grants Program.
Current studies include:
Research Facilities and Equipment
Department research facilities include modern nutrition science laboratories, The Dickson/Harris Teeter Cellular and Molecular Nutrition Laboratory, and The Cemala Foundation Human Nutrition Research Laboratories. State of the art laboratory equipment including Applied Biosystems 7500 FAST PCR System, Nanodrop and Beckman spectrophotometers, flow cytometer, radioisotope detection units, microtiter plate readers, luminometer, an imaging system, high-speed and ultracentrifuges, standard cell culture and molecular biology equipment, and inverted and direct light microscopes with fluorescent capabilities. The Human Nutrition Research Labs include anthropometric equipment available for field research, exercise testing equipment, a phlebotomy and anthropometric measurement room, dual-energy X-ray absorptiometer (DEXA) bone density unit, and Nutrition Data System for Research software for dietary intake analysis. Computer facilities are conveniently located in multiple campus computer centers. The library collection and support personnel enhance the research environment.
The laboratory facilities of the UNCG Center for Research Excellence in Bioactive Food Components at the North Carolina Research Campus include a state-of-the-art Metabolomic profiling platform featuring an Agilent HPLC TOFMS system and a Leco GC-TOFMS system (Agilent 7890N gas chromotography coupled with Pegasus HT time-of-flight mass spectrometer). The lab also contains two HPLC systems; Buchi Sepacore preparative chromatography; an Applied Biosystems 7500 real-time PCR system; laminar flow hoods and cell culture incubators; low speed, superspeed, and ultracentrifuges; a Labconco freeze dry system; a Buchi mini spray dryer B-290; two Millipore Milli-Q Element water purification systems; a light inverted microscope; and a Kodak image station 4000R.
Departmental Research Staff
Robin Hopkins, Ph.D.