About Us

Nutrition is increasingly being recognized as a major modulator of human development, function, and disease prevention. However, major gaps exist in our understanding of the mechanisms whereby nutritional regulatory processes occur. At the Institute of Human Nutrition (IHN) our goal is to to help fill these gaps through research in molecular nutrition, biochemistry, physiology, cell biology, nutritional epidemiology, and public health.

Richard J. Deckelbaum, MD, FRCPC Director, Institute of Human Nutrition

A tremendous amount of research in all fields of biomedicine and public health takes place on the Columbia University Medical Center campus, making it an extraordinary resource for students of nutrition. IHN, as part of this enterprise, interacts with investigators in many fields and is able to give students access to the complete range of laboratories conducting research relevant to nutrition. At the same time, research by IHN faculty brings the field of nutrition ever closer to biomedical science as well as all medical and many public health fields, all represented at Columbia.

We invite you to spend a few moments with us as we highlight the multiple training and research opportunities available at IHN, and look back on the past 60 years and see that the IHN at Columbia University is one of the most exciting places to study.