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Research & Development

We're advancing the science of pet health.

Our science team is dedicated to areas of research that explore the effects of nutrition and supplements on the health of dogs and cats.


The effects of probiotics in the prevention and improvement of health conditions — allergies, gastrointestinal (GI), behavior, weight loss.


Identifying risk factors, understanding the impact of being overweight, and learning how weight loss might reverse these detrimental changes.


The impact of diet on overall wellness and microbiome — large vs small dogs, breed differences, geography, associations with disease.

How you can help

1. Get gut health test

Get our gut health test to analyze your pet's gut microbiome using state of the art DNA shotgun sequencing.

2. Fill out health assessments

Completing the health assessments allows us to understand how food influences health, better tailor nutritional recommendations, find qualified pets for enrollment in studies, and give you personalized feedback.

3. Enroll in a study

We need pets for clinical studies, ask your pet if they want to help advance science for any of these studies:

Why you should enroll in a study

1. Free microbiome testing kit
2. Free personalized health report
3. Advance the science of pet health

How to get involved

Interested in joining a study? Email [email protected] and we'll let you know about enrollment opportunites.

The Nom Nom R&D team is constantly discovering scientific facts and interesting insights about our pets. Check out our blog to see what we're up to.

Contact us

Science team

Dr. Justin Shmalberg

Dr. Shmalberg is a Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist, a clinical associate professor at a leading veterinary college, and Nom Nom’s Chief Nutrition Officer. He guides Nom Nom in all recipe formulation and advises on pet nutrition.

Dr. Ryan Honaker

Dr. Ryan Honaker is the Director of Microbiology at Nom Nom. He is an expert in microbiome manipulation, infection therapeutics, and microbial community profiling, with a Ph.D from the University of Colorado, Denver, and was a post-doctoral fellow in the Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology at Stanford University.

Dr. Aashish Jha

Aashish is passionate about integrating data science and genomics to address pressing challenges in medicine and biology, including the gut microbiome and its effect on health. He received his BA in Molecular and Cellular Biology from UC Berkeley in 2007, Ph.D. in Human Genetics from The University of Chicago in 2015, and completed his postdoctoral research at Stanford University.

Dr. Boo Boo Tanprasertsuk

Boo Boo received his PhD in Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition at Tufts University where his research focused on the relationship between nutrition and cognitive health in older adults. At Nom Nom, he is very excited to expand the scope of the investigation to dogs and cats, including nutrition's roles in health maintenance and disease prevention.

Dr. Joe Driscoll

Joe earned his PhD in neuroscience at the University of California at Berkeley studying the influence of stress on addiction circuits and worked in the pharmaceutical industry working in drugs discovery developing novel therapeutics for neurobehavioral disorders. At Nom Nom, Joe is a Data Scientist driving analysis on pet food nutrition, supplements and health.

LeeAnn Perry

LeeAnn received her BA in Molecular Biology from Washington University in St. Louis and her MSc in Neuroscience from Stanford University, where she studied risk factors for depression in adolescents. She uses statistical and machine learning approaches to uncover insights about Nom Nom pets.

Dr. Kelly Swanson

Science Advisory Board
Kraft Heinz Company Endowed Professor in Human Nutrition, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Kelly Swanson is an expert in companion animal nutrition, nutrigenomics and microbiomics, and his research is focused on the effects of nutritional intervention on health outcomes, identifying mechanisms by which nutrients impact gastrointestinal microbiota, host gene expression, and host physiology.

Dr. Jan Suchodolski

Science Advisory Board
Jan Suchodolski serves as Associate Professor and Associate Director of the GI Lab at Texas A&M University, where he is studying the effects of therapeutic (diet and pro- and prebiotics) interventions on the dog and cat metagenome and metabolome, including bile acid metabolism, for diagnostic and therapeutic application in animals with intestinal disease.