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Prof Martin Kohlmeier

The expertise of Martin Kohlmeier, MD, PhD, is in laboratory diagnostics, nutritional genetics and the use of computers in nutrition education for healthcare professionals and the general public. His clinical and laboratory experience uniquely help him translate bench research to the bedside and general consumer applications and to bring nutrition education to the health professions.


Dr. Kohlmeier graduated from the school of medicine at Heidelberg University, Germany, in 1976, and earned doctorates in biochemistry from Heidelberg University in 1977 and in clinical biochemistry from the Freie Universität, Berlin, in 1992.

Principal Advisor to the GIP

Editor-in-Chief - BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health


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Chapel Hill, USA

He had postdoctoral training in biochemistry and bioinformatics at the Max-Planck-Institut for Nutrition, Dortmund, Germany, which was focused on mechanistic modeling and the analysis of metabolic responses to nutritional perturbations. A significant portion of his training focused on the molecular analysis and clinical treatment of inherited metabolic diseases. He completed his clinical training in internal medicine and laboratory medicine at Heidelberg University. After positions at Heidelberg University and the Free University in Berlin, he has been on the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 1992.


Dr. Kohlmeier is Director of the Human Research Core and Nutrigenetics Laboratory at the UNC Nutrition Research Institute. He also is Director of Nutrition in Medicine project, which has provided comprehensive online nutrition education to students and healthcare professionals since 1992, currently at more than 150 medical institutions worldwide.


His nutrition research has focused on the importance of inherited variation as a modulator of nutrient disposition and on the assessment of nutritional status of normal populations and its impact on health. He identified low endogenous cholesterol synthesis as a cause of increased cholesterol sensitivity, the apolipoprotein E polymorphism as the main genetic modulator of vitamin K status, lactase persistence as a modulator of phytoestrogen bioavailability, and a very common MTHFD1 variant as a predictor of choline requirements. He has developed online tools that provide genotype-specific personalized nutrition guidance without revealing genetic information.


His educational efforts have focused on the development and maintenance of online nutrition instruction. He has introduced interactive assessment features, tailored content presentation, and adaptive remediation. Current efforts concern the scalable implementation of video-realistic virtual reality environments for clinical nutrition training.


Dr. Kohlmeier has been a member of the German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM) since 1974, and a member of the American Society of Nutrition since 1994, currently serving on the professional nutrition education committee and chairing the mentoring subcommittee. He is also a member of the International Society of Nutrigenetics/Nutrigenomics (ISNN) and currently serves as the President of ISNN.