Steven Zeisel MD, Ph.D. is a Kenan Distinguished Professor of Nutrition and Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He directs the UNC Nutrition Research Center and the UNC Nutrition Obesity Research Center. A leading researcher in the field of nutrition, Zeisel is credited with the discovery of choline’s role as an essential nutrient, particularly for women during pregnancy. His research led the field of nutrition to establish the significance of this essential nutrient for brain development and outline the far-reaching implications for pregnant mothers. Dr. Zeisel has been honored with numerous awards for his work including the American Society for Nutrition’s Osborne and Mendel Award, the American College of Nutrition’s Award for Outstanding Achievements in Nutrition, and the Bristol-Meyers Squibb/Mead Johnson Award for Distinguished Achievement in Nutrition. Dr. Zeisel attended medical school at Harvard University and completed his residency in pediatrics at Yale New Haven Hospital. He earned his Ph.D. in nutrition from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.