Slavko Komarnytsky

Title: Associate Professor
Metabolic Biology and Pharmacogenomics
Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences

Ph.D., Rutgers University
M.S., Kyiv Shevchenko University, Ukraine
B.S., Kyiv Shevchenko University, Ukraine

Phone: 704-250-5459


Lab Personnel:

Mickey Wilson, Laboratory Research Technician
Thirumurugan Rathinasabapathy, Postdoctoral Research Associate
Jade Ogg, Research Technician
John Overall, Graduate Student
Charles Wagner, Graduate Student
Malak Alghamdi, Graduate Student

More information about Slavko Komarnytsky

Born in the remote wilds of the Carpathian Mountains in Ukraine, Dr. Slavko Komarnytsky is the Assistant Professor of Pharmacogenomics at the Plants for Human Health Institute, N.C. State University, and Director of the Life Habit Center for Biodiscovery.

Komarnytsky received a B.S. in biology and M.S. in cell biology from Kyiv Shevchenko University in 1998. He earned his Ph.D. in cell and molecular plant biology in 2004 and held research appointments in metabolism and nutrition at Rutgers University prior to joining the food science faculty at N.C. State University in 2011.

His primary scientific interests have been in how dietary bioactive components prevent chronic metabolic diseases and inflammation, with a specific emphasis on the pathological mechanisms of insulin resistance and muscle loss. His scholarly work has set trends in biodiscovery from natural sources and engagement of students and ethnic communities in global health research. He has authored over 40 major scientific publications and gained broad support from government agencies and industry sponsors.

Within this theme, three major initiatives can be used to describe his work:

  • Using state of the art applications of pharmacogenomics, nutrigenomic, and bioenergetics technologies to enhance understanding the pathogenesis of metabolic disorders by identifying pathways important in progression of diabetes, obesity and inflammation;
  • Collaborating with scientists from various disciplines to access efficacy of botanicals and natural products to restore metabolic balance within liver, muscle and adipose tissues; and
  • Supporting education and development of students and scholars, including those located in the developing countries, through biodiscovery from microbial resources, microbial diversity and impact it may have on the safety and health of water users.

Watch a video introduction of Dr. Komarnytsky and his research.