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. 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. 

Our lab

Dao Research Lab Zoom

Interested in joining the Dao Research Lab?

The Dao Lab is always accepting new undergraduate and graduate students. For more information about UNH's Nutritional Sciences graduate degrees, please visit the Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, & Food Systems webpage.  Visit the UNH Graduate Admissions webpage to learn about general graduate admission and application requirements at UNH. If you are interested in joining the lab, please contact us through the Contact Us page or by emailing our research coordinator at megan.milligan@unh.edu.

Dao Research Lab, Rudman Hall

Areas of Interest

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. 


Dao Lab Areas of Interest 
Human Health: cardiometabolic risks, obesity/overweight, metabolism, health disparities, gut microbiota
Environment & Lifestyle: diet, food access, physical activity
Psychosocial: acculturation, socioeconomic status, food insecurity, eating behaviors