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Nancy L Keim

Research Chemist


430 West Health Sciences Drive

University of California, Davis

Davis, CA 95616

Phone:   (530) 752-4163


    • Nancy L. Keim, PhD, RD, is a Research Chemist at the Western Human Nutrition Research Center. Dr. Keim received her PhD in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1980. She joined the USDA-ARS-Western Human Nutrition Research Center as a Research Chemist in 1985 and has served as a Research Leader and a Lead Scientist. At the University of California-Davis, Dr. Keim is an Adjunct Professor in the Nutrition Department, a member of the Graduate Group in Nutritional Biology, and serves as a member of the Institutional Review Board for Social and Behavioral Studies. She is an active member of the American Dietetic Association and has served on an expert panel to evaluate the use of indirect calorimetry in clinical practice. She is also a member of the American Society for Nutrition, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the Obesity Society. Her research interests revolve around understanding the relationships between the foods we eat, metabolic health, and body weight. Current areas of investigation include evaluating the benefits of consuming important foods such as whole grains or dairy products on energy expenditure, substrate oxidation, satiety and chronic disease risk factors; determining optimal sources and amounts of different types of dietary carbohydrates that contribute to satiety, healthy eating behaviors, and reduce risk of chronic disease; and evaluating benefits of an active lifestyle in terms of preventing obesity and related chronic diseases.