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:

  • Nutrition
  • 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 

Research Mentors

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:

Primary NUIP Faculty                                Adjunct NUIP Faculty

Anandh Babu Pon Velayutham, PhD Amnon Schlegel, MD, PhD
Bhagirath Chaurasia, PhD Anthony Donato, PhD
J. David Symons, PhD Ash Nelson, MD
Jim Martin, PhD BK Kishore, MD, PhD, MBA
Julie Metos, PhD/RD Claudio Villanueva, PhD
Kris Jordan, PhD/RD D. Walter Wray, PhD
Mary Playdon, PhD Danny Chou, PhD
Nia Aitaoto, PhD Joel Trinity, PHD
Russ Richardson, PhD Katsu Funai, PhD
Sihem Boudina, PhD Kent Lai, PhD
Scott Summers, PhD Lisa Joss-Moore, PhD
Thunder Jalili, PhD Lisa Lesniewski, PhD
William Holland, PhD Markus Amann, PhD
Micah Drummond, PhD
Ted Adams, PhD
Tianxin Yang, PhD

 Note: The above faculty members may also serve as members of PhD committees

Contact Us

PhD Program in Nutrition & Integrative Physiology

Carisse Winegar 
Administrative Assistant-Academic Affairs 
Phone: 801-581-6730
Email: carisse.winegar@utah.edu

Thunder Jalili
Director of Graduate Studies
Email: thunder.jalili@utah.edu