The Dao Research Lab, directed by Dr. Maria Carlota Dao, aims to improve understanding of the gut microbiome, diet (e.g., consumption of fiber-rich foods), access to food, obesity/weight management, and health disparities in NH minority communities. Our current research examines the impacts of COVID-19 on the daily lives of NH Hispanic/Latino communities with regard to food access and security, dietary intake, physical activity, and psychosocial factors such as stress. 

Dr. Dao is accepting a graduate student in Nutritional Sciences for Fall 2021.

Dr. Dao plans to accept a graduate student in Nutritional Sciences (either M.S. or Ph.D.). For more information about UNH's Nutritional Sciences graduate degrees, please visit the Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, & Food Systems webpage.  For information on applying to graduate programs at UNH, please visit the UNH Graduate Admissions webpage.


Given the complexities of nutrition, weight management, and human health, our research considers biological, psychosocial, cultural, and environmental determinants of health.

We aim to better understand the impacts of these factors on the gut microbiome, weight status, and access to nutrient-rich foods with special attention to minority populations in NH.