Hannah Holscher, PhD, RD

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Hannah Holscher

Associate Professor

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Hannah Holscher is an Associate Professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition and a member of the Division of Nutritional Sciences, the Institute of Genomic Biology, and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois. She completed postdoctoral training focused on the human microbiome, a Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences, and a B.S. in Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois. Dr. Holschers laboratory uses clinical interventions and computational approaches to study the interactions of nutrition, the gastrointestinal microbiome, and health. Her creative use of machine learning approaches to determine microbial biomarkers of food intake and human health status resulted in her recognition as a 2017 New Innovator in Food and Agricultural Research and a 2020 National Academy of Medicine Emerging Leader. She also received the 2021 American Society for Nutritions Mead Johnson Young Investigator Award for her series of work on nutrition and the microbiome. She has received grant funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, food commodity boards, and private industry. She has published 57 peer-reviewed manuscripts and given over 50 invited presentations at locations including the National Academy of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, USDA, universities, and national society meetings of nutrition scientists, food scientists, and dietitians. She serves in leadership roles within the American Society for Nutrition, as well as on the editorial board of The Journal of Nutrition, Nutrition Research, and Gut Microbiome.


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