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Applied Nutrition Research

The Team


Dr. Abby Benninghoff is seeking an exceptional candidate to pursue pre-doctoral training as an MS or PhD student in her laboratory in the research area of functional foods, the gut microbiome, and cancer prevention.  This work is part of a collaboration with researchers in the Applied Nutrition Research group at Utah State University; members of this group share an interest in the gut microbiome and gut health and bring their complementary expertise to bear on critical issues pertaining to translation of pre-clinical animal studies to human health.  Learn more about Dr. Benninghoff and her research program here:


About the Department of Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences (ADVS): We offer comprehensive and exciting opportunities for students seeking MS and PhD degrees in the Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences. Students may choose from a series of knowledge-based specializations in Animal Nutrition, Animal Molecular Genetics, Reproduction and Development, and Animal Health and Disease, and Toxicology. Students specializing in these disciplines will become skilled in the applications of molecular biology, genomics, metabolomics, proteomics and bioinformatics. See more information at

Criteria:  The USU School of Graduate Studies requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 and GRE scores at the 40th percentile or higher, although competitive applications for this open position are likely to have higher scores.  The successful applicant must compete for an available department assistantship, which will provide financial support to the student during their degree program in exchange for work as a teaching/research assistant.  A B.S. or M.S. degree in the biological sciences is also required. Prior research experience is preferred, though not necessarily required.  Students must be accepted into the USU School of Graduate Studies and the department graduate program as a matriculated graduate student. For more information or to apply, visit 

Contact Information

For additional information about the research, contact Dr. Abby Benninghoff