Dr. Whisner's broad research interests encompass metabolic disturbances in nutrition-related diseases, lifestyle interventions to prevent or correct chronic disease, and the influence of both genetic and environmental factors on health outcomes.

Her specific interests include:

  • interactions between dietary intake and gut microbiome

  • mineral metabolism

  • functional foods which improve metabolic health via the microbiome

  • nutrition for optimizing growth and development among pediatric populations (infants, children and adolescents)

  • maternal and child health outcomes in relation to prenatal nutrition