PhD in Nutrition and Metabolic Biology

The Doctoral Program in Nutrition and Metabolic Biology (NMB) integrates a number of fields relating to human health and disease. Nutrition is relevant to many areas of basic research as well as clinical medicine and public health, all, major strengths of the Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). The emphasis of this program is on educating students to become independent scientists through rigorous training in the fundamentals of nutritional and metabolic biology and thorough preparation for bench research leading to a dissertation. Instruction is organized around a core area of concentration through a combination of courses, seminars, tutorials, and laboratory research.

NMB students are expected to acquire expertise and knowledge in the areas of molecular and cell biology, physiology and metabolism, general and nutritional biochemistry, and biostatistics. Students are exposed to underlying metabolic and physiologic developments associated with clinical nutrition disorders. Emphasis is on problems related to obesity, atherosclerosis, diabetes, infant nutrition, gastrointestinal disease, renal failure, parenteral nutrition, and preventive nutrition. 

NMB graduates are prepared to conduct original research in nutrition as it relates to the health sciences; teach in colleges, graduate schools, and medical schools; and pursue careers in basic and translational research at the national and international level.