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Science has our back

We're not just a pet food company. Our nutrition-first approach to wellness makes us a pet health company.

That’s why our in-house team of PhDs (led by board certified veterinary nutritionist Dr. Justin Shmalberg and microbiologist Dr. Ryan Honaker) are on the cutting edge of all things pet health through research, study and publications. And we’re not just following the science — we’re pioneering it. So every pet can live in tip-top shape.

“Nutrition is the best medicine.”

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Go with the gut

Your pet’s microbiome, or gut, is a unique, evolving and complex internal environment made up of trillions of microbes. The microbiome is the home of good digestion, and it can have a profound impact on your pet’s overall health and immune system. That’s why we’ve made this a target area of study — and we’re the leaders of the pack.

We have the largest pet microbiome database in the world, and it’s growing all the time. This data helps us (and you) learn more about microbiome differences and similarities across breeds, sizes, and geographic areas.

Learn more about our Microbiome Testing Kit

Full system support

Nose-to-tail pet health is more than what they eat — it's how their bodies process the nutrients from their diet. It’s about maximizing the benefits in order to address issues concerning the digestive system, joint & mobility, or for preventative measures to support a longer, more comfortable life. We get it. That’s why our science team developed (and are working on more) beyond the bowl products that help support the unique needs of dogs and cats. Because a healthy pet is a happy, fewer-visits-to-the-vet pet

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Current studies

At any given time, our R&D team has a lot going on — from research papers to speaking engagements to active analysis of pet health. If you’re interested in helping with any of our studies currently enrolling, please contact us at [email protected]. We look forward to sharing our results with you.

Meet the science team

Dr. Justin Shmalberg

Chief Nutrition Officer
Dr. Shmalberg is one of fewer than 100 Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionists in the US, as well as a clinical associate professor at a leading veterinary college. He guides Nom Nom in all recipe formulation and advises on pet nutrition. Always an advocate for better nutrition = better health, Justin decided to go to veterinary school for the well-being of his dog Liberty, and all dogs.

Dr. Ryan Honaker

Director of Microbiology
An expert in microbiome manipulation, infection therapeutics, and microbial community profiling, Dr. Honaker holds a PhD from the University of Colorado at Denver, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology at Stanford University.

Dr. Aashish Jha

Head of Bioinformatics
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

Data Scientist
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 in drugs discovery, developing novel therapeutic for neurobehavioral disorders. At Nom Nom, Joe is a Data Scientist driving analysis on pet food nutrition, supplements and health.

LeeAnn Perry

Bioinformatics Analyst
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 pets and their diets.

Dr. Kelly Swanson

Scientific Advisory Board
Kraft Heinz Company Endowed Professor in Human Nutrition, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Kelly 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.

Visit our resource library

This is your trusted source for articles and guides on everything pet health (and more), brought to you by experts in the field. Find interesting reads backed by science or expand your general knowledge about our four-legged friends on our Learn page.

Get your dose of science

If you haven't figured it out, we’re all about discovering new scientific facts and insights about pets. We’re also all about educating our community with research findings and study results. Catch up with our science team on our Research & Development page.