Dr. Hannah Holscher is an assistant professor of nutrition 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, where she has been a faculty member since 2015. Before joining the faculty, she completed postdoctoral training focused on the human microbiome, as well as a Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences and a B.S. in Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois. She is also a Registered Dietitian.
Research in Dr. Holscher’s laboratory, the Nutrition and Human Microbiome Laboratory, integrates the areas of nutrition, gastrointestinal physiology, and the microbiome. Her research focuses on the clinical application of nutritional sciences with an overarching goal of improving human health through dietary modulation of the gastrointestinal microbiome.
In addition to publishing in top nutrition journals, she also actively disseminates research findings in formats ranging from scientific presentations and webinars to podcasts, Twitter chats, blogs, and popular press articles. Dr. Holscher was recognized as a 2017 New Innovator in Food and Agricultural Research, and she received the 2018 Nutrients Young Investigator Award in recognition of her outstanding research contributions on the impact of nutrition on human health. She has received grant funding from the United States Department of Agriculture, the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, and private industry. She has also served in local and national leadership roles, including her current position as the past-chair of the Nutrition Translation Research Interest Section of the American Society for Nutrition.