Undergraduate Research Opportunities

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NFS394Y/494Y Research Projects in Nutritional Sciences: 2021-2022

This course is targeted to 3rd and 4th year students that have a strong academic background with at least a B+ average in their 2nd or 3rd year and have an interest in research. NFS394/494 will provide an exciting, challenging, and educationally rewarding experience to qualified students. With guidance from a faculty member, you will plan, carry out, and write a final report on an approved research project. You will gain experience in all aspects of research. You are encouraged to become familiar with the research activities and interests of core academic and cross-appointed faculty members. You must contact faculty members working in areas that interest you to discuss the faculty member’s availability for supervision and possible research topics. Please visit the department website for more information on our faculty members' research interests and contact information. 

Information is available in the 2021-2022 syllabus.

Application Procedure:

Deadline: Thursday September 2, 2021


  1. Prior consent of the supervising staff member.
  2. Strong academic background (B+ average).
  3. Prerequisite: Minimum NFS284H.
  4. Courses taken in nutrition, permission of project supervisor. 
  5. Departmental approval.

Students must submit the following documents to the Department of Nutritional Sciences Admin (dns.admin@utoronto.ca) with the subject line: NFS394/494 - 2020/2021 Application or you may submit physical copies to Rm 5255 in the Medical Sciences Building.

  1. Completed Course Ballot Form
  2. An electronic copy of your transcript (screenshots and PDF files are acceptable)

Available Supervisors

*These professors are tentative

Bibiana Garcia-Bailo

Harvey Anderson*

David Jenkins*

Elena Comelli

Ahmed El-Sohemy

Joanne Kostopolous

Deborah O'Connor

Vasanti Malik

John Sievenpiper

Daniel Roth

Vladimir Vuksan

Jacqueline Beaudry

Mary L'Abbé

Daniel Sellen


Research Areas:

  • Diet and cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and aging
  • Nutrition, cognitive function, brain development
  • Food intake regulation and feeding behavior
  • Pediatric nutrition, from the neonate to the teenager
  • Biochemical and physiological function of food components-fiber, fatty acids, antioxidants
  • Food and nutrition policy and population health
  • Nutrition and poverty
  • Clinical nutrition


Please e-mail dns.admin@utoronto.ca 

Department of Nutritional Sciences
Temerty Faculty of Medicine
University of Toronto
Medical Sciences Building
5th Floor, Room 5255
1 King’s College Circle
Toronto, ON, Canada
M5S 1A8

NFS394/494 Course Coordinator - 2021-2022

Dr. Mary L'Abbe