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Nutrition & Integrative Physiology


Our scientists use a variety of research techniques and model systems to understand now nutrient metabolism influences health and disease, bridging virtually all of the sciences which study human biology (e.g. anatomy, biochemistry, epidemiology, genetics, etc.).

Our program resides within University of Utah Health which maintains outstanding core facilities and a robust Center for Clinical and Translational Science.

Many of our faculty members maintain joint or adjunct appointments with the:

Human Genetics Building U of U Campus



The first step in obtaining entry into the NUIP Doctoral program is identifying a faculty mentor. Students must contact prospective mentors for a letter of support that expresses a willingness to support the candidate’s research and stipend. This letter will then be uploaded to the "Additional Materials" section of the FutureU portal. If your application is missing this letter of support, your application will not be reviewed and admission denied. 

Once support is obtained, candidates must then be admitted by the Graduate School and the Department of Nutrition & Integrative Physiology. Applications are reviewed by the NUIP selection committee in February with notification of acceptance/non-acceptance issued by April.  


To receive a code to waive the application fee, applicants must provide us with a letter of support from an identified mentor. Upload the letter to the "Additional Materials" section in the FutureU portal and send a copy of the letter to:


Fall semester admission: DECEMBER 1st 

Spring or Summer semester admission: Send inquiry to the Director of Graduate Studies, Thunder Jalili by November 15th.

Faculty Mentors




Boudina, Sihem, PhD Obesity, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Insulin Resistance, Mitochondria BOUDINA LAB
Chaix, Amandine, PhD Circadian Rhythms, Circadian Clock, Dietary Interventions, Time-Restricted Feeding, Metabolism, Cardiometabolic Disease, Nutrient Sensing CHAIX LAB
Funai, Katsu, PhD Metabolism, Obesity, Diabetes, Mitochondria, Energy Efficiency, Membrane Phospholipids, Exercise, Insulin Sensitivity, Thermogenesis, Fatty-Liver Disease, Muscle, Kidney Diseases, Redox Biology, Lipid Peroxidation FUNAI LAB
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 HOLLAND LAB
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  
Martin, Jim, PhD Neuromuscular function, Biomechanics, Muscular power, Fatigue, Modeling  
Playdon, Mary, PhD, MPH Diet, Nutrition, Metabolism, Metabolomics, Metabolic Disease, Nutrition and Cancer Epidemiology, Dietary Intervention Trials for Cancer Prevention and Control  
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 UVRL
Summers, Scott, PhD Diabetes, Dyslipidemia, Metabolic Disease, Sphingolipids, Ceramide, Insulin Resistance, Beta Cell Failure SUMMERS LAB
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  
Adams, Ted, PhD Metabolic Disease, Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, Obesity, Bariatric Surgery, Genetics of Obesity  
Amann, Markus, PhD Autonomic Control, Neuroscience, Fatigue, Cardiovascular Physiology UVRL
Beddhu, Srinivasan, PhD   BEDDHU LAB
Bernstein, Paul, MD, PhD Ocular Nutrition, Carotenoids, Lipids, Noninvasive Nutritional Assessment, Global Health BERNSTEIN LAB
Broxterman, Ryan, PhD Integrative Physiology, Breast Cancer, Aging, Vascular Function, Oxidative Stress, Exercise, Oxygen Transport and Utilization, Blood Flow, Muscle Bioenergetics, Neuromuscular Function UVRL
Chan, Owen, PhD   CHAN LAB
Coletta, Adriana, PhD, MS, RD Exercise and Nutrition Interventions for Cancer Prevention and Control (e.g., after a cancer diagnosis but before treatment, during cancer treatment, after cancer treatment)  
Donato, Anthony, PhD Aging, Arteries, Microcirculation, Atherosclerosis, Inflammation, Oxidative Stress, Genomic Instability, Novel Therapeutics TVP LAB
Drakos, Stravros, PhD   DRAKOS LAB
Drummond, Micah, PhD Aging, Muscle, Rehab, Protein, Inactivity, Exercise, Metabolism, Insulin Resistance, Atrophy, Hypertrophy, Cell Singaling, Clinical DRUMMOND LAB
Lai, Kent, PhD Inborn Errors of Metabolism (IEM), Therapeutic Development, Rare Diseases, Animal Models, Galactosemia, Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation (CDG), Infertility/Subfertility, Cerebellar Ataxia PEDIATRICS LAI LAB
Lesniewski, Lisa, PhD Aging, Obesity, Arteries, Atherosclerosis, Insulin Resistance, Inflammation TVPLAB
Palatinus, Joseph, PhD Gap Junction Trafficking, Connexin Biology, Sudden Cardiac Death, Mechanisms of Arrhythmias, Ischemia Reperfusion Injury, Cardiac Inflammation and Myocarditis PALATINUS LAB
Rutter, Jared, PhD Metabolic Control, Eukaryotic Mitochondrial, Cellular Behaviors, Metabolic Pathways RUTTER LAB
Schlegel, Amnon, MD, PhD Alpha Cell, Diabetes, Dyslipidemia, Energy Metabolism, Glucagon, Glucose, Metabolism, Type 2 diabetes mellitus, Nutrition, Nutrition, Metabolism, Translational Research, Transcriptional Regulation SCHLEGEL LAB
Shiu, Yan-Ting, PhD Cardiovascular Disease, Vascular Dysfunctions in Patients with Diabetes and Metabolic Disorder, Hemodialysis Vascular Access, Exercise & Aging, Hypertension, Blood Flow SHIU LAB
Trinity, Joel PhD Exercise, Vascular Function, Inactivity, Hypertension, Aging, Mitochondria, Oxidative Stress, Blood Flow, Nitric Oxide, Muscle, Rehabilitation, Redox Balance, Long-term Complications of COVID UVRL
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 UVRL
Yang, Tianxin PhD   YANG LAB

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