The overall goal of the Precision Nutrition and Wellness Initiative (PNWI) is to become a world leader in precision nutrition and wellness research to help transform sickcare to healthcare


Research Aims:

  • Utilize advances in genomics, metabolomics, microbiome, health monitoring and machine learning technologies to quantify an individual's state of health, prevent disease, and treat existing conditions.

  • Optimize the state of health through balancing sleep and stress along with precision nutrition, exercise and lifestyle based on an individual's immune function, cognition, genetics, metabolism and environment.

  • Design a new healthcare model connecting patient, physician, and researcher for prediction and/or early detection of pathological processes, subsequently facilitating the prevention of disease onset and the optimization of health.


Research Areas:

Discovering gene-diet/lifestyle interactions that drive health disparities in diverse populations

Evolution of Hominin Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid Metabolism: From Africa to the New World

Diet-Gene Interactions and PUFA Metabolism: A Potential Contributor to Health Disparities and Human Diseases

Adaptive Evolution of the FADS Gene Cluster within Africa

The impact of FADS genetic variants on ω6 polyunsaturated fatty acid metabolism in African Americans

Optimizing disease prevention and wellness strategies

Precision Nutrition and Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids: A Case for Personalized Supplementation Approaches for the Prevention and Management of Human Diseases

Whole-Body Hyperthermia for the Treatment of Major Depressive Disorder, A randomized Clinical Trial

Understanding molecular networks and the development of biomarkers that impact human disease status

More information coming soon.