Abigail Johnson, University of Minnesota
Abigail Johnson
Assistant Professor in Epidemiology and Community Health and Associate Director of the Nutrition Coordinating Center
University of Minnesota

Abigail Johnson is an Assistant Professor and Registered Dietitian in the Division of Epidemiology & Community Health in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. She is also Associate Director of the Nutrition Coordinating Center, which distributes and supports the Nutrition Data System for Research (NDSR). Dr. Johnson has diverse experiences in nutrition research, ranging from molecular biology and clinical nutrition to bioinformatics and public health. With the Nutrition Coordinating Center, Dr. Johnson leads research exploring the nutritional content of plant-based alternative products. Her other research explores the relationships between diet and the human gastrointestinal tract microbiome in health and disease – specifically in prediabetes and cancer. Dr. Johnson uses novel computational methods to integrate dietary data with multi-omics data. Her research has demonstrated that daily changes in dietary intake and overall dietary patterns are reflected in human microbial composition shifts and that diet-microbiome relationships are personalized. Dr. Johnson completed her undergraduate B.S. degrees in Nutrition and Biology and received a Ph.D. in Nutrition from the University of Minnesota. Her training has included industry post-doctoral training with Nestlé Health Science and academic post-doctoral training in bioinformatics and microbiome.