the team

Kyle Burger

Kyle S. Burger MPH, RD, PhD


Google Scholar, Faculty Page, CV

I joined the Department of Nutrition at UNC-CH in the fall of 2013. My primary area of research focuses on ingestive behavior. Specifically, how the food environment, neural, hormonal and psychological mechanisms interact to impact food intake and weight regulation.  In my time at UNC-CH I’ve instructed courses on research methodology and general nutrition and metabolism.

Afroditi Papantoni

Doctoral Student

I joined UNC-CH and the NIBL team as a PhD student in Fall 12019. I previously worked in Dr. Susan Carnell’s lab in the department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University, conducting research on the neural and behavioral correlates of obesity, familial obesity risk and eating disorders. Prior to that, while completing my BS in Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins, I worked with Dr. Flavia Barbano, investigating the distinct neural networks underlying reward-seeking and consummatory behaviors in mice. Currently, I’m interested in the neural correlates of taste and pleasantness evaluation and their influence on food-based decision making.

Sarah Margaret Christy

Research Assistant

I joined the NIBL team as a research assistant on the SPROUTS study in the spring of 2019. In 2017, I graduated from UNC-CH with a B.A. in Human Development and Family Studies and minors in Biology and Medical Anthropology. I am interested in child development and determinants of health within maternal and child populations. I am excited to be in a position that allows me to directly engage with children and families, while expanding my research experience and exposure to the field of nutrition.

Camille Diamond

Research Assistant

Camille is a 2016 graduate from UNC Chapel Hill with a BA in Global Studies with a concentration in Global Health. Camille is passionate about working with children, advancing nutrition research, and taking too many pictures of her cat.

Undergraduate Lab Members

Kirti Patel

Highlighted Alumni

  • Nichollette Acosta
  • Lia Bauert
  • Sommer Barnes
  • Peter Dinh
  • Abigail Fisher
  • Maria Ganama
  • Katie M. Gandee
  • Kathrin M. Hennigan
  • Lily Jones
  • Pranish Kantak
  • Ryesa Mansoor
  • Kaki McNeel
  • Megan Neff
  • Jennifer R. Sadler PhD
  • Salma Sabir-Calloway
  • Grace E. Shearrer PhD
  • Avery Spangler
  • Benjamin Smart
  • Andrew Thompson, Jr.
  • Shelley Warner
  • Elena Wilson
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