The MLI Tissue Procurement and Cell Culture Core will be closed for the holidays starting December 26-January 2, 2023. All media/cell orders will need to be placed by December 15th, 2022. Our last shipping date will be December 20th, 2022. We will resume shipping January 9th, 2023.


The Pathology Services Core (PSC) will be closed from December 26th to January 2nd. Please do not submit any samples during this time as sample pickup will not be available. All submissions should be completed by December 22, 2022. Standard operations resume on January 3, 2023.


Thank you for your support, and we hope you have a wonderful Holiday Season!

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NORC Precision Nutrition Core

Overview of Cores

The Precision Nutrition Core (formerly the Nutritional Genomics and Microbiome Core) is an all-encompassing support system for investigators conducting research on nutrigenetic and microbiome aspects of obesity and obesity-related diseases.

The goal for some obesity research is to identify genetic and environmental factors and interactions that affect an individual’s susceptibility and to identify high-utility targets for prevention and treatment. In the long run, investigators should be able to individualize or personalize diet and health recommendations based on the knowledge gained from prior research conducted on obesity. Thus, there is a great need for studies with strong translational potential. The Core offers both nutrigenetics and microbiome services.

Location and hours of operation

Hours Location

Monday - Friday     

8 AM  - 5 PM 

500 Laureate Way, Room 3150

Kannapolis, NC 28081

Links and Resources

  1. Precision Nutrition Core
  2. UNC Nutrition Obesity Research Center
  3. NORC Central


Name Role Phone Email Location
Saroja Voruganti, PhD
Director, Precision Nutrition Core (Nutrigenetics)
UNC Nutrition Research Institute
Ian Carroll, PhD
Co-Director, Precision Nutrition Core (Microbiome)
UNC Chapel Hill
Katie Meyer, ScD
Core Manager, NRI Microbiome
UNC Nutrition Research Institute
Jon Shea
Core Manager, NRI Microbiome
UNC Nutrition Research Institute