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Kelly S. Swanson

Dr. Kelly Swanson is the Kraft Heinz Company Endowed Professor in Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Swanson’s research examines the effects of nutritional intervention on health outcomes, identifying mechanisms by which nutrients impact gene expression and host physiology, with primary emphasis on gastrointestinal health and obesity of human and companion animal models.


He has received 12 research and teaching awards, including those from the American Society for Nutrition and the American Society of Animal Science as well as nearly $12 million in research support over the past decade. 


Dr. Swanson teaches three nutrition courses to undergraduate, graduate, and veterinary students annually and has been selected to the ‘List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students’ 17 times.

Learn more about Dr. Kelly Swanson.


  • Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

  • M.S., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

  • B.S., North Dakota State University

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