PhD in Nutrition & Integrative Physiology
The PhD program in Nutrition and Integrative Physiology trains students interested in conducting translational research on the metabolic basis of disease.
Our unique program, generally completed in four to five years, focuses on the primary literature and teaches students the latest technologies needed to be elite scientists and research scholars.
Students generally align their courses along one of the following tracks:
- Integrative Physiology
Students have the option to refine coursework requirements in consult with their thesis mentor and advisory committee.
The bulk of the time in this program revolves around the doctoral dissertation, generally culminating in the publication of two to four papers describing original research findings in the medical literature.
Costs & Funding
Most students in the program receive research stipends from the faculty mentor and a concomitant waiver of tuition.
How to Apply
Before applying to the program, applicants should identify prospective mentors willing to provide guidance and financial support for the student’s research activities.
Possible mentors in the program include the following:
|Adams, Ted PhD||Metabolic Disease, Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, Obesity, Bariatric Surgery, Genetics of Obesity|
|Aitaoto, Nia PhD||Diabetes Management and Education, Pre-diabetes Lifestyle Change, Health Communication, Health Literacy, Obesity, Exercise, Sedentary Behavior, Community Engagement, Pacific Islander Health|
|Amann, Markus PhD||Autonomic Control, Neuroscience, Fatigue, Cardiovascular Physiology|
|Boudina, Sihem PhD||Obesity, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Insulin Resistance, Mitochondria|
|Donato, Anthony PhD||Aging, Arteries, Microcirculation, Atherosclerosis, Inflammation, Oxidative Stress, Genomic Instability, Novel Therapeutics|
|Drummond, Micah PhD||Aging, Muscle, Rehab, Protein, Inactivity, Exercise, Metabolism, Insulin Resistance, Atrophy, Hypertrophy, Cell Singaling, Clinical|
|Funai, Katsu PhD||Metabolism, Obesity, Diabetes, Mitochondria, Energy efficiency, Membrane Phospholipids, Exercise, Insulin sensitivity, Thermogenesis, Fatty-liver disease, Muscle|
|Holland, William PhD||Diabetes, Adiponectin, Metabolic disease, Sphingolipids, Ceramide, Insulin Resistance, Beta Cell Failure, Metabolism, Type 2 Diabetes, Mellitus, Adipose, Adipokines, Glucose, Inflammation, Nutrition, Metabolism, Translational Research, Glucagon, Appetite, Satiety, Obesity|
|Jalili, Thunder PhD||Heart, Nutrition, Flavonoids, Metabolism, Type 2 Diabetes, Vascular, Insulin Resistance|
|Jordan, Kristine PhD, RD||Clinical Nutrition, Dietary Assessment, Nutrition Informatics, Obesity Prevention, Pediatric Nutrition|
|Joss-Moore, Lisa PhD||Fetal lung development, Lipid driven signaling pathways, Epigenetics, Placenta, Fetal growth|
|Kishore, BK MD, PhD, MBA|
|Lai, Kent PhD||Inborn Errors of Metabolism (IEM), Therapeutic Development, Rare Diseases, Animal Models, Galactosemia, Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation (CDG), Infertility/Subfertility, Cerebellar Ataxia|
|Lesniewski, Lisa PhD||Aging, Obesity, Arteries, Atherosclerosis, Insulin Resistance, Inflammation|
|Martin, Jim PhD||Neuromuscular function, Biomechanics, Muscular power, Fatigue, Modeling|
|Metos, Julie PhD, RD||Community Engagement, Obesity Prevention, Diabetes Prevention, Adolescent Health, Public Health Nutrition|
|Playdon, Mary PhD||Diet, nutrition, cancer, metabolism, metabolomics, biomarkers|
|Pon Velayutham, Anandh PhD||Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome, Atherosclerosis, Vascular Disease, Dietary Flavonoids, Nutrition, Inflammation, Berry Anthocyanins, Gut Microbiome, Diet Derived Metabolites|
|Richardson, Russ PhD||Vascular biology, muscle metabolism, aging, age-related disease, and mobility|
|Schlegel, Amnon MD, PhD||Alpha Cell, Diabetes, Dyslipidemia, Energy Metabolism, Glucagon, Glucose, Metabolism, Type 2 diabetes mellitus, Nutrition, Nutrition, Metabolism, Translational Research, Transcriptional Regulation|
|Summers, Scott PhD||Diabetes, Dyslipidemia, Metabolic Disease, Sphingolipids, Ceramide, Insulin Resistance, Beta Cell Failure|
|Symons, J. David PhD||Diabetes, Metabolic Disease, Atherosclerosis, Vascular Function, Blood Pressure, Endothelial Cell Metabolism, Autophagy, Aging, Sphingolipid Metabolism, Cell Biology, Signal Transduction, Exercise, Nutrition, Metabolism, Translational Research|
|Trinity, Joel PhD||Exercise, Vascular Function, Inactivity, Hypertension, Aging, Mitochondria, Oxidative Stress, Blood Flow, Nitric Oxide|
|Villanueva, Claudio PhD||Diabetes, Nutrient Sensing, Lipid Metabolism, Fatty Acids, Brown Adipocytes, Hepatic Lipid Metabolism, Adipogenesis|
|Wray, D. Walter PhD||Vascular Function, Heart Failure, Hypertension, Exercise Physiology, Autonomic Physiology, Sympathetic Nervous System, Oxidative Stress, Nitric Oxide, Blood Flow Regulation, Rehabilitative Medicine|
|Yang, Tianxin PhD|
Note: The above faculty members may also serve as members of PhD committees