Professor, Department of Human Sciences
Dr. Jeff Volek is a professor in the Department of Human Sciences. A world-renowned expert in low carbohydrate research, Dr. Volek focuses on the clinical application of ketogenic diets, especially the management of insulin resistance and type-2 diabetes, as well as athletic performance and recovery.
His research aims to understand individual variability including how ketogenic diets alter fatty acid composition, lipoprotein metabolism, gut microbiome, gene expression, adaptations to training and overall metabolic health. He has performed several prospective diet studies that demonstrate well formulated ketogenic diets result in substantial improvements in (if not complete reversal of) metabolic syndrome and type-2 diabetes.
Dr. Volek has garnered more than $7 million in research grants during the last 15 years, and accumulated an enormous amount of laboratory and clinical data as it pertains to biomarker discovery and formulation of personalized, effective and sustainable low carbohydrate diets.
In addition to research, Dr. Volek has several initiatives aimed at translating low-carbohydrate science to the public including his role as chief scientist of KetoThrive Corp. He also has performed seminal work on dietary supplements including creatine, carnitine and whey protein. He has been invited to lecture on his research more than 150 times at scientific and industry conferences in eight countries. His scholarly work includes 280 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts and five books, including a New York Times Best Seller, collectively selling more than 700,000 copies.