The Department of Nutrition faculty actively addresses nutrition science research needs from cells to the community. Our research programs include obesity research at the cellular and community levels; examination of bioactive food components; studies of reproductive health and vitamin D status; identification of diet and nutrition needs of children, older adults and diverse populations; examination of food security and safety through community-based interventions; and use of online technology in learning.
Department research is organized into three research clusters:
- Community Engaged Nutrition Research Group
- Nutrients & Bioactives for Health
- Translational Research Initiative
Facilities include the Massachusetts Nutrient Data Bank (MNDB) for laboratory measurement of nutritional status biomarkers in blood and urine and various community nutrition outreach offices throughout the state.