About NCRC

The North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, NC, is a 350-acre research center located just north of Charlotte, NC. The campus is a scientific community that collaboratively works to empower human health through nutrition. Eight universities, the David H. Murdock Research Institute, companies and entrepreneurs focus research and development on safer, more nutritious crops, healthier foods and precision nutrition.

Research and product development are collaborative and multi-disciplinary. Focus areas are as varied as phytochemicals in fruits, vegetables, grains and herbs; exercise physiology; post-harvest physiology; population-based, genetic studies; and precision nutrition. The growing base of scientific knowledge combines new understandings of how nutrients, plant phytochemicals, the environment and lifestyle choices impact brain and fetal development, cancer, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, fatty liver and other metabolic disorders.

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As emerging manufacturing and product development core is focused on research into plant-based ingredients and new processing methods and packaging possibilities. In 2019, a new NC Food Innovation Lab opened on campus and serves the state by keeping commodities grown in North Carolina in the state for processing.

Education is a cornerstone of the campus. Rowan-Cabarrus Community College offers two-year degrees in biotechnology and nursing in their training center that is walking distance from all of the campus’ research centers.

Beyond a research center, the NC Research Campus is an economic driver creating over a 1,000 jobs and playing a critical role in the development of the city of Kannapolis and the Charlotte-area’s growing life science sector.



Scientific Publications


Million in Federal and Extramural Funding


Faculty – PhD and MD
Level Scientists








Undergraduate and Graduate Students


Research Scholars

Education and Outreach

Community Events

  • NCRC Catalyst Symposium and Roster Competition

  • UNC-Chapel Hill Seminar Series

  • Faculty Speaker Series

  • NCRC Gene-EG Seminars

  • UNC-Chapel Hill Appetite for Life Series

  • UNC-Chapel Hill with Johnson and Wales University Demo and Nutrtion Talks

  • NC State Seminar Series

  • NC State & UNC-Chapel Hill Summer Tours

STEM Events

  • NC State Scientist for a Day Program with Kannapolis City Schools

  • N.C. A&T Portable Garden Projections

  • N.C.C.U. and Northwest Cabarrus High School Academy of Science & Biotech

  • N.C. A&T and George Washington Carver Elementary School Mentoring & Tutor Program

  • Cabarrus County Career Connections Day

  • NC State & UNC Charlotte P2EP Summer Intern Program

  • North Carolina Science Festival