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Hull Research Laboratory

Dr. Holly Hull's research laboratory studies the developmental origins of health and disease.

Two women hold infant

Dr. Hull's NIH-funded research laboratory strives to understand the developmental origins of health and disease. Her expertise includes body composition assessment, how weight gain influences fat accretion across the lifespan, interventions to improve diet quality and health of women during pregnancy and assessing how the time surrounding pregnancy influences the short- and long-term health of mother and baby.

Dr. Hull conducts dietary interventions in pregnant women to understand ways to normalize weight gain and fat accretion and improve maternal and infant nutritional status to prevent disease development. Her studies follow the mother/offspring dyad starting from pregnancy and into postpartum and follow the offspring through childhood and adolescence to understand drivers of obesity, excess adiposity accrual and chronic disease development.

Current studies

Preventing excessive weight gain and maternal and infant fat accretion (SPROUT study)

The purpose of this study is to learn if consuming a high fiber diet will reduce gestational weight gain and maternal and infant fat accretion. For more information, please email


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Lab Director

Holly Hull, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

School of Health Professions

Dietetics and Nutrition
KU Medical Center
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Mailstop 4013
Kansas City, KS 66160
913-588-5355 • 711 TTY