Undergraduate Research Opportunities

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NFS394Y/494Y Research Projects in Nutritional Sciences: 2019-2020

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. 

2019-2020 Syllabus

Information is available in the syllabus.


  1. Prior consent of the supervising staff member.
  2. Strong academic background (B+ average).
  3. Courses taken in nutrition.
  4. Departmental approval.

Deadline: September 2, 2019

Application Procedure:

You are required to submit ALL of the following documents to Department of Nutritional Sciences Admin (dns.admin@utoronto.ca) with the subject line: NFS394/494 - 2019/2020 Application or you may submit physical copies to Rm 5255 in the Medical Sciences Building. 

  1. You must complete the course ballot 2019/2020 (210.08 KB)
  2. An electronic copy of your transcript (screenshots and PDF files are acceptable)


Available Supervisors for 2019-2020

Mary L'Abbé Elsayed Abdelaal Harvey Anderson
Richard Bazinet* Robert Bandsma* Elena Comelli
Ahmed El-Sohemy Bibiana García-Bailo David Jenkins
Joanne Kotsopoulos Daniel Roth Daniel Sellen
Vladimir Vuksan    

*These professors are tentative


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
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 - 2019/2020

Dr. Ahmed El-Sohemy