Nutrition and Food Science

Lauren Housley, PhD, RD

Assistant Professor, Didactic Program in Dietetics Director

Classes Taught

  • NFSC 100 Basic Nutrition
  • NFSC 340 Human Nutrition
  • NFSC 642 Topics in Vitamins and Minerals


Lauren Housley is a Registered Dietitian and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at CSU, Chico. Her areas of expertise include nutrition and cancer prevention, nutrient bioavailability, and biomarker research.

Prior to coming to CSU, Chico, Lauren earned a B.S. in Dietetics and an M.S. in Foods and Nutrition from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. During this time, she studied zinc nutriture and investigated potential biomarkers to assess zinc nutriture in children and adolescents using proteomic techniques.

Then, she earned a Ph.D. in Nutrition from Oregon State University, where she studied the health benefits of phytochemicals derived from cruciferous vegetables, specifically the phytochemical sulforaphane and conducted several clinical trials investigating sulforaphane's effects on breast and prostate cancer chemoprevention and epigenetic mechanisms. She also conducted a human study to investigate factors affecting sulforaphane bioavailability from dietary sources. 

Her current research interests include nutrition, phytochemicals and cancer prevention. Lauren is also a dedicated teacher, whose passion is to promote life-long learning by sparking curiosity in the minds of her students. She is also committed to developing strong nutrition professionals that are capable of addressing major and emerging health problems.

Portrait of Lauren Housley, PhD, RD