The Ohio State University's Discovery Themes initiative is catalyzing meaningful collaboration to solve today's complex challenges. Discovery Themes investment in the Foods for Health initiative will develop Ohio State's metabolomics expertise and strengthen the network for collaboration across all disciplines -- transforming how the university works with industry and community partners to develop solutions to improve health.


Foods and nutrition for healthier individuals and communities.


To create a healthier future for individuals and populations through the application of scientific approaches integrating foods and nutrition, metabolomics, and health.


Ohio State is committed to being a leader in the science of using food and nutrition to promote health and prevent disease. Many costly and preventable chronic conditions — heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, hypertension and obesity — are affected by diet. And worldwide, inadequate nutrition is a major cause of developmental delays and death. While the link between diet and disease is becoming clearer, much more remains to be learned about personalized nutrition for optimal health. This is why Ohio State is investing in metabolomics technology to advance the understanding of biochemical variation in individuals in response to specific foods. Such insights will contribute to development of personalized dietary recommendations, strategic design of novel foods, and nutritional interventions that promote wellness and decrease the risk of disease and its severity. By building on the collaborations among faculty that span a breadth of expertise, and by joining with key partners in the public and private sectors, Ohio State will create a healthier future for individuals and communities around the world.

Assets to Leverage

The Ohio State University is uniquely positioned to develop metabolomics-based food and nutritional solutions to promote wellness and prevent disease. Ohio State is the only university in the U.S. that convenes agriculture and all health science colleges with other related disciplines on one easily navigable campus to enable a ‘crops-to-clinic-to-consumer’ approach. Ohio State offers world-class teaching, research and outreach throughout the university. The network of experts involved in the Foods for Health mission spans diverse disciplines, including food and nutritional sciences, kinesiology, medicine, environmental health, plant and animal sciences, data analytics and more. New programmatic excellence, training, and funding opportunities through the initiative will advance knowledge and encourage the type of transdisciplinary collaboration required for meaningful discovery.

The Foods for Health initiative will establish Ohio State as a leader in personalized food and nutritional metabolomics for health by:

  • Targeting new faculty hires committed to collaborative research, specifically lipidomics experts, food and nutritional metabolomics scientists, and nutrition and medical scientists who will use metabolomics to study both health and chronic disease.
  • Using a targeted investment strategy to support new faculty hires and existing faculty at Ohio State through new graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, technical support staff, administrative personnel, building infrastructure, metabolomics equipment, seed grants, and seminars and workshops.
  • Engaging existing faculty by enhancing collaborations and building upon the strengths of current cross-disciplinary programs on campus, such as the Center for Advanced Functional Foods Research and Entrepreneurship, Nutrient and Phytochemical Analytic Shared Resource, and Molecular Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention research program, and connecting these faculty with Discovery Themes resources.
  • Developing industry and community partnerships through funding research projects, sponsorship programs, internship placements and technology transfer.

Helpful Links

About Metabolomics

Centers and Assets at Ohio State and External Metabolomics Resources 

Faculty Directory

Program Leadership Team

Funding Opportunities

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