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Food Science and Human Nutrition Department

Food Science and Human Nutrition Department

Dr. Peggy R. Borum

Professor - Human Nutrition

Joint Faculty - Division of Pediatric Neurology, Department of Pediatrics

Affiliated Faculty in the Epilepsy Division, Department of Neurology 

Dr. Borum currently teaches undergraduate biochemistry, graduate nutrition, and medical school clinical nutrition classes. Her translational science research program spans questions concerning biosynthesis, transport, and metabolic function of carnitine to the use of macronutrients to prevent and treat previously refractory neurological syndromes such as epilepsy.  For more than two decades the Precision Ketogenic Therapy Program has combined precision nutrition with precision medicine for the individual patient.


  • Research


    Dr. Borum’s research program focuses on populations with special nutrient needs with an emphasis on carnitine. For the past 30 years, her laboratory has conducted both basic research and clinical research to understand the biosynthesis, transport and function of carnitine during different stages of the life cycle and during different pathological conditions. Graduate students have the opportunity to use liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry acylcarnitine profiling to better characterize the carnitinome under a variety of physiological conditions. Dr. Borum has a Piglet Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that simulates a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and is used to study carnitine in neonatal piglets.

    Currently her research group attends the University of Florida Pediatric Epilepsy Clinic for patients receiving ketogenic therapy for seizures and provides both metabolic assessments of the patients and educational material for the families. They are addressing the mechanism of action of the ketogenic therapy for seizures both through clinical research and experimental animal research. Each week, their group also attends the University of Florida Pediatric Immunology Clinic for patients with HIV disease. They provide the clinic staff with metabolic assessments including body composition and provide the patients with nutrition education materials. Students have the opportunity to conduct transitional science research using a systems biology approach. They are addressing the role of carnitine in ketogenic therapy and in pediatric HIV metabolic dysfunction.

    For a complete list of publications, please see the Publications page on Dr. Borum's website.

Contact Information

572 Newell Dr.
FSHN Building
Room 409A
P.O. Box 110370
Gainesville, FL 32611

Phone352.392.1991 ext. 214


  • Education
    • B.S. Biology and Chemistry, Union University, 1968
    • Ph.D. Biochemistry, University of Tennessee, 1972
    • Postdoctoral Scholar, Vanderbilt School of Medicine, 1972-1975
  • Publications
  • Honors/Awards
    • Garry /Labbe Award for Contributions to Laboratory Assessment of Nutritional Status Sponsored by the American Association of  Clinical Chemistry
    • First Ph.D. President of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
    • University of Florida Faculty Advisor of the Year
    • Fellow of the American Society of Nutrition
    • Fellow of the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
    • Member of the Academy of Research Excellence of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of the University of Florida
    • Outstanding Contributions to Pediatric  and Maternal-Fetal Clinical Chemistry Award
  • Teaching

    Dr. Borum's teaching program focuses on the biochemical foundations of the metabolic status found in different physiological states and how an understanding of the biochemistry naturally leads to interventions to maintain health or to treat disease.

    Courses Taught

    • BCH 3025 – Fundamentals of Biochemistry (Fall, Spring, Summer)
    • ALS 4932 Foodomics: What is in the food we eat and use to treat patients?
    • HUN 6301 - Nutritional Aspects of Lipid Metabolism (Fall, odd years)
    • HUN 6305 - Nutritional Aspects of Carbohydrates (Fall, even years)
    • HUN 6255 – Clinical Nutrition (Spring)
    • HUN 6939 - Per Os and Enteral Module/Paraenteral Nutrition Module (Spring)
    • PED E15 - Clinical Nutrition (Fall, Spring, Summer)
  • Lab Information