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Welcome to the Graduate Group in Nutritional Biology. Our interdisciplinary program is designed to provide the skills, and prepare students for modern, cutting-edge nutrition research. Our faculty encompasses several colleges including the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, School of Medicine, and the School of Veterinary Medicine, as well as adjunct appointments through the Western Human Nutrition Research Center (WHNRC). Our faculty and research programs are exciting and diverse and include:

  • Maternal and child nutrition
  • Nutrition and development
  • International and community nutrition
  • Clinical nutrition
  • Nutrition and chronic disease
  • Animal nutrition
  • Nutrient metabolism
  • Nutrient bioavailability
  • The gut microbiome
  • Food
  • Nutrition education

As a student in our group, you will have access to state-of-the art equipment and resources. I encourage you to visit our faculty page to explore the various research interests, and explore potential synergies with GGNB Faculty.

Students with advanced degrees in Nutritional Biology from UC Davis find employment within a wide range of organizations:

  • Universities (post-doctoral fellows, faculty members, project managers, lecturers, researchers)
  • Medical facilities (medical students, physicians, nurses, clinical coordinators, veterinary students, veterinarians)
  • Industry (nutritionists, dieticians, scientific communications managers, directors of nutrition research, nutrition specialists, nutrition scientists, staff scientists, project engineers, managers, food and nutrition services supervisors)
  • Government (epidemiologists, statisticians, consultants)

UC Davis is a thriving and growing University that is ranked number 1 in the nation for Food Science and Nutrition, and is home to the Foods for Health Institute, and the World Food Center. UC Davis is ranked in the top 5 Universities worldwide for sustainability, and each year is increasing its LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification across campus in new building construction and improvements in existing buildings.

As a student in the GGNB, you can expect to have both a major research professor who will mentor you in research, and an academic advisor who will guide you through the academic portion of your degree. You are encouraged to apply for fellowships and awards, but UC Davis also offers financial support to some students in terms of fellowships, financial aid, and graduate employment (including research and teaching assistantships) depending on qualifications.

I encourage you to browse our website, and if you have questions please contact the graduate staff advisor.

We look forward to welcoming you to UC Davis.



Jon Ramsey, Ph.D.
Chair, Graduate Group in Nutritional Biology