The Jalili laboratory evaluates nutritional interventions as a means to reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease. A particular emphasis is on high blood pressure, which greatly increases the risk of cardiac hypertrophy, myocardial infarction, arrhythmia, and heart failure. Ongoing projects dissect the influence of macronutrient consumption (e.g. alterations in fat/carbohydrate/protein ratios) and dietary phytochemicals on disease risk. The director of the nutrition laboratory is Dr. Thunder Jalili.