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Stephen D. Hursting, MPH, PhD

Professor, Department of Nutrition
The Nutrition Research Institute
The Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Genetic and Hormonal Mechanisms that Impair Metabolic Health

Dr. Hursting earned a BA (1980) in Biology from Earlham College in Richmond, VA and an MPH in Nutritional Epidemiology (1984) and a PhD (1992) in Nutritional Biochemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a Cancer Prevention Fellow at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Dr. Hursting completed postdoctoral training in molecular biology and cancer prevention. From 1995 to 1999, Dr. Hursting was an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and Carcinogenesis at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer, where he directed a multidisciplinary research program in nutrition and cancer prevention. He is now an Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology and Carcinogenesis at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. From 1999–2005, Dr. Hursting was Deputy Director of the NCI’s Office of Preventive Oncology and Chief of the Nutrition and Molecular Carcinogenesis Section of the NCI’s Laboratory of Biosystems and Cancer. In 2014 Dr. Hursting became Professor in the Department of Nutrition, the Nutrition Research Institute, and the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center all at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. His research program focuses on the nutritional modulation of the carcinogenesis process, with a particular focus on hormonal and genetic factors that affect metabolic health.