Foods for Health


Many costly and preventable chronic conditions — heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, obesity and developmental delays — are affected by diet. An individual’s metabolic profile and their response to foods are influenced by many factors including genetics, physiology, lifestyle and environmental factors.

As the only public university in the U.S. with an agriculture and seven health science colleges co-located with an agricultural college and top-ranked academic medical center on one campus, Ohio State is a poised to address the complexities of metabolomics-based food and nutritional problems in ways that enable personalize prevention and medical care, dietary recommendations, and food-based interventions to improve health and prevent disease. 

By connecting our faculty expertise and students to state-of-the-art technology and public-private partnerships, our interdisciplinary teams are creating unprecedented knowledge and making discoveries in personalized food and nutritional metabolomics. Our understanding of individual biochemical variability in response to nutrients and foods provides the foundation for across diverse disciplines to:

  • Developing and using state-of-the-art analytical and informatics technologies to comprehensively identify and profile metabolites of nutrients and other bioactive food compounds in foods and biological samples. 

  • Generating data using other "-omic" technologies to correlate unique features of the human metabolome to unique characteristics of individuals. 

  • Discovering new biomarkers that define subtypes associated with wellness and diseases. 
  • Developing personalized food and nutritional interventions to improve one’s metabolic profile to improve health. 

  • Building a broad-reaching ‘crops-to-clinic-to-consumer’ network.

Committed to creating a healthier future for individuals and populations, our teams are leading new scientific approaches that integrate foods and nutrition, metabolomics, and health.

Program Leads

Executive Director

Kamal N. Aboshamaa, PhD

Interim Faculty Lead

Mark Failla, PhD


Foods for Health

Global food science organization recognizes Hatzakis with Young Scientist Award

The International Union of Food Science and Technology has honored Dr. Emmanuel Hatzakis with its Young Scientist Award for outstanding scientific contributions.

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FFH Metabolomics News - November 2017

Research news, funding opportunities, new hires, and more in the latest edition of Metabolomics News.

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Foods For Health Discovery Theme Seed Grant RFP Announced

The Foods for Health Seed Grant Competition is a university-wide initiative with a primary goal of advancing the use of metabolomics-based technology in food and nutrition research for the improvement of health.

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Morgan Cichon wins poster prize at MOVISS Metabolomic Bio and Data Meeting

Researchers from around the world gathered to address challenges within the metabolomics field at the MOVISS Metabolomic Bio and Data Meeting, where Morgan Cichon won the poster prize.

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