Dr. Saroja Voruganti is an Associate Professor of Nutrition at UNC Nutrition Research Institute (NRI). She received her PhD in nutritional sciences at the University of Texas at Austin and conducted postdoctoral fellowship in genetic epidemiology/population genetics at Texas Biomedical Research Institute, San Antonio, TX before moving to UNC NRI. At NRI, she is working on building a nationally and internationally recognized research program in nutritional genomics at UNC. A unique field, nutritional genomics seeks to identify genetic susceptibility to diseases, effect of genetic variation on nutrient metabolism and the effect of nutrients on gene expression. She has extensively investigated the interplay between nutritional and genetic factors influencing disease risk in ethnically diverse populations, especially minority populations such as American Indian, Alaska Native, Parsi Zoroastrian and Hispanic populations. Her research is focused on uncovering new connections between genetics, nutrition, and epidemiology that can lead to more accurate determination disease risk and new treatment options for metabolic diseases, particularly focusing on purine, folate, and one-carbon metabolic pathways. She has published extensively, including 120 research articles (13 as senior author and 20 as first author) with 30 articles in top tier journals. She is presently an Associate Editor of the Frontiers in Genetics and Frontiers in Nutrition journals and is a Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA). She is the co-Director of Precision Nutrition Core at the Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC), UNC Chapel Hill. In this role, she is working towards implementing a comprehensive support system for nutrigenomic & nutrigenetic research, including individualized consultation and advising of researchers, with the long-term goal of enabling a better understanding of the effects of interaction between lifestyle and genotypes on health and disease.