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Matthew K. Taylor, Ph.D., RD

Portrait of Matthew Taylor
Assistant Professor, Dietetics and Nutrition

Professional Background

Matthew Taylor, Ph.D., RD, LD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition at KU Medical Center. Currently serves as instructor for course DN 818 Seminar in Dietetics and Nutrition II in the master's degree program. He joined the faculty at KU Medical Center in September 2019.

Academic Background
Taylor earned his doctorate in medical nutrition science from the University of Kansas in 2017. Prior to earning his doctorate, he completed his undergraduate degree in dietetics at the University of Arkansas and his dietetic internship and master’s degree at the University of Kansas Medical Center.



Taylor's research focuses on understanding the impact of nutrition on brain aging and Alzheimer’s disease. This includes using dietary interventions and nutritional epidemiology with target biomarkers (e.g. imaging, blood, cerebral spinal fluid, microbiome) to both understand the mechanisms by which nutrition impacts brain health and translate these findings to improved nutritional guidance for optimal brain aging. He is currently investigating how consumption of high glycemic diet influences Alzheimer’s disease risk and use of the ketogenic diet for a variety of neurologic conditions.