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Kimberly Buhman

Professor, Department of Nutrition Science

HHS Signature Research Area(s)

  • Developmental Health and Wellness
  • Healthy Lifestyles and Vital Longevity

Department of Nutrition Science Research Area(s)

  • Metabolism and Obesity
  • Carcinogenesis and Cancer Prevention


Dr. Buhman is a professor in the Department of Nutrition Science at Purdue University. She earned a BS in Biochemistry from Iowa State University and a PhD in Nutrition from Purdue University. She completed post-doctoral studies at the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease in San Francisco, CA and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO. At Purdue, Dr. Buhman recently served as Interim Associate Dean for Research in the College of Health and Human Sciences (2021-2022), Associate Department Head (2019-2021), and Director of the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Nutrition (INP) (2018-2021). Dr. Buhman’s research focuses on lipid metabolism with specific interests in understanding the molecular mechanisms of dietary fat absorption and dysregulation of lipid metabolism in cancer. She has authored over 60 research and review articles on these topics. The American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Institutes of Health have supported her work. Dr. Buhman received the E.L.R. Stokstad Award for outstanding fundamental research in nutrition from the American Society for Nutrition, the 2022 Provost’s Award for Outstanding Graduate Mentoring at Purdue University and is a member of the Purdue University Teaching Academy which honors and develops Purdue’s best teachers.


  • B.S., 1992, Agricultural Biochemistry, Iowa State University
  • Ph.D., 1999, Purdue University
  • Post-Doc, 2002, Lipid Metabolism, Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease, University of California-San Francisco
  • Post-Doc, 2005, Cardiology and Gastroenterology, Washington University School of Medicine-St. Louis

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Science Consortium, Supporting Member
  • Chair, Committee to Advance Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Nutrition Science
  • Member, Committee to Advance Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the College of Health and Human Science

Current Courses

  • NUTR 31500 - Fundamentals of Nutrition
  • NUTR 59000 - Lipids and Cell Function
  • NUTR 62700 - Scientific Writing in Nutrition Science
  • NUTR 69400 - Introductory Presentation Skills in Nutrition Science

Selected Honors/Awards

  • Provost's Award for Outstanding Graduate Mentoring, Purdue University - 2022
  • Big Ten Academic Leadership Program - 2021
  • Teaching Academy, Purdue University - 2017
  • E.L.R. Stokstad Award, American Society of Nutrition - 2013
  • Dannon Nutrition Leadership Institute - 2005

Selected Grants

  • Co-Investigator, Impact of Hypoxia on Lipid Metabolism in Obesity-Driven Breast Cancer Progression. National Cancer Institute (RO1). Hursting, Teegarden, and Wendt (MPI). Period 12/28/2022 – 11/30/2027. Total $3,276,920.
  • Principal Investigator, Verification of a Gut Instinct for Type 2 Diabetes Therapy. McKinley Educational Initiative. Kimberly Buhman (PI). Period 02/01/19 - 12/31/75. Total: $150,000.
  • Co-Investigator, Compromised Resolution of Inflammation following Nanoparticle Exposure in Metabolic Syndrome. National Institute of Environmental and Health Sciences (RO1). Jonathan Shannahan (PI). Period 04/01/22 - 03/31/27 Total: $1,876,238.
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Colostrum Induction of Peroxisomes: Making the Link between Perinatal Nutrition and Fertility in Swine. United States Department of Agriculture/National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Theresa Casey (PI). Period 01/01/22 - 12/31/25. Total: $650,000.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society for Nutrition
  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • American Heart Association
  • American Diabetes Association