Floyd Chilton
Associate Director, BIO5 Institute
Member of the Graduate Faculty
Professor, BIO5 Institute
Professor, Cancer Biology - GIDP
Professor, Nutritional Sciences
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Department Affiliations
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Research Interest
Dr. Chilton is passionate about providing solutions to overcome physical and emotional suffering so that people can live better, more joyful lives. He is a successful innovator in a wide range of areas including an academic professor (with over 130 scientific publications), an entrepreneur (starting several companies and one non-profit organization), and an inventor (holding over 25 patents). Dr. Chilton is widely recognized in academia and industry for his work on nutrition in the context of variation in the human genome and has been a pioneer in the areas of personalized or precision nutrition and wellness. Dr. Chilton has over 30 years of continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health. Specifically, Dr. Chilton’s work has examines how genetic and epigenetic variations interact with human diets (especially the modern Western diet) to drive inflammation and inflammatory disorders (including cardiovascular disease and cancer), as well as psychiatric/developmental disorders (ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, and depression). These precision-, individualized- and population-based nutrition research approaches provide a wide range of opportunities to benefit humans that include: 1) providing long-sought pathogenetic mechanism(s) that underscores the different biologic behavior of inflammatory diseases in distinct racial/ethnic populations; 2) discovering new biomarkers of disease aggressiveness for early diagnostic and therapeutic intervention; 3) revealing new therapeutic strategies to affect disease aggressiveness using precision gene-based dietary and/or pharmacologic interventions; and 4) creating therapeutic foods that optimize immune system and brain development for different populations around the world.