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Chris Melby

Melby, Chris
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Colorado State University
Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition-1571 234 Gifford Building
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1571

University Profile

Program involvement
Dietetics Master's Degree - Department Chair


Chris Melby began his career as an assistant and then associate professor at Purdue University in the Department of Health and Kinesiology Studies. He then joined the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Colorado State University in 1990, where he directed the Nutrition and Metabolic Fitness Laboratory for many years.  He served as Department Head from 2002-2012. Currently, he is a professor of nutritional science and is serving as Interim Department Head for the 2021-22 academic year. 

Melby's research focuses on the interaction of diet and exercise on macronutrient metabolism, body weight regulation, and chronic disease risk. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed research manuscripts and book chapters, some of which have focused on the role of a plant-based diet and exercise as factors to lower risk for hypertension, insulin resistance, and dyslipidemia in African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans. Some of his recent research has focused on approaches to limit weight regain following intentional weight loss.

Melby served as a Fulbright Research and Teaching Fellow in Ecuador in 2015 where he has been investigating the nutrition and physical activity transitions among indigenous populations living at high altitudes in both urban and rural areas.  He has served as an advisor and mentor to many graduate students during his career.  Chris also enjoys teaching and has won several teaching awards. In his time away from academia, Melby enjoys his family, running, basketball, rock and ice climbing, and high altitude mountaineering.