Biochemical & Molecular Nutrition

Biochemical & Molecular NutritionDoctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Students will acquire core competencies in the following areas:

  • Human Nutrition
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Metabolism
  • Bioinformatics
  • Cell biology
  • Genetics
  • Human Health

Content will be delivered through graduate level research in the laboratories of faculty members along with classes taught by faculty within:

  • the Departments of:
    • Nutrition and Health Sciences
    • Agronomy
    • Animal Science
    • Biochemistry
    • Computer Science and Engineering
    • Food Science and Technology
    • Statistics
  • the Schools of:
    • Biological Sciences
    • Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Research

The Interdepartmental Nutrition Program bridges the departments of Nutrition & Health Sciences, Animal Science, and Food Science & Technology. Integrating the expertise of three departments allows students greater flexibility in tailoring their research and coursework to their personal and professional interests. The program offers an extensive curriculum and a wide range of research opportunities.


  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Further professional degrees in health care

Application to this program

Select the following options when completing the Office of Graduate Studies online application: 
Major/Degree: Nutrition (Interdepartmental) (Ph.D.)
Specialization: None    


Degree Requirements

  • Minimum of 90 semester hours of credit, including 12-55 hours of dissertation.

  • At least one-half of the required work must be completed at the University of Nebraska after filing the Program of Studies for the Doctoral Degree.

  • At least one-half of the required work, including the dissertation, must be taken in the student’s major area of study (i.e., courses having the prefix NUTR or ASCI). The remaining work may be in supporting courses in the same or in related departments, or in a minor field of study outside of the major department or area.

  • The student’s Supervisory Committee is not obligated to accept credits beyond the masters degree which were completed prior to the Committee’s appointment.

  • Minor field of study must include at least 16 semester hours, with 6 hours in courses open exclusively to graduate students (900 level or 800 level without 400 or lower counterparts).

  • Two credit hours of NUTR 921 Interdepartmental Nutrition Seminar.

  • Select from other courses offered, with approval of the student’s Supervisory Committee, to complete degree requirements.

Associated Faculty

Tomasz Bednarski Assistant Professor

Sathish Kumar Natarajan Assistant Professor

Sunil Sukumaran Assistant Professor of Molecular Genetics

Ivan J. Vechetti Assistant Professor of Extracellular Vesicles

Janos Zempleni Willa Cather Professor of Molecular Nutrition and Director of the Nebraska Center for the Prevention of Obesity Diseases

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