Health & Nutrition

Diet and exercise are contributing factors to a number of diseases, including cancer. At the Cancer Center at Illinois, scientists are tackling a range of topics related to human diet and exercise to better understand how they impact cancer diagnoses and survivability. This broad subject area unites molecular biologists, nutritionists, food scientists, and engineers to better understand the human body, and how individuals can lead healthier lives and improve their cancer outcomes.


Animal Sciences, Food Science & Human Nutrition, Kinesiology & Community Health, Molecular and Integrative Physiology


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Rex Gaskins

Associate Director for Education

Professor, Animal Sciences

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Neha Gothe

Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Community Health

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Zeynep Madak-Erdogan

Associate Professor, Food Science and Human Nutrition

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Erik Nelson

Associate Professor, Molecular and Integrative Physiology

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Jason Ridlon

Assistant Professor, Animal Sciences