Nutrition Assessment Unit

The Nutrition Assessment Unit is a state-of-the-art facility for the assessment of growth and body dimensions, body composition (the amount of muscle, fat and bone in the body), energy expenditure, bone density, and muscle strength. The Core provides consultation and technical expertise for these assessments. The Unit has locations at CHOP Main 7 Northwest Tower and 3550 Market St. and four experienced research technicians for performing nutrition assessments.

Collaborative information about the CHOP and PENN Nutrition Assessment Unit can be found on ITMAT

How to access the Nutrition Assessment Unit


Anthropometrics: Full Measure or Short Measure
Anthropometrics: Infant Long or Short Measures
Anthropometrics: Knee Height Measuring Device
Body Composition: Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis: Body Segments or Whole Body
Body Composition: PeaPod
Bone: DXA Whole Body
Bone: DXA AP Spine
Bone: DXA Lateral
Bone: DXA Hip, right or left
Bone: DXA Forearm, right or left
Bone: DXA Tibia
Bone: DXA Distal Femur
Bone: DXA IVA AP Spine
Bone: DXA IVA Lateral
Bone: DXA Whole Body Infant
Bone: DXA Infant AP
Bone: Peripheral QCT (pQCT): Radius and/or Tibia
Bone: High Resolution Peripheral QCT (HR-pQCT): Radius and/or Tibia
Energy Expenditure: REE: Resting Energy Expenditure
Energy Expenditure: SEE: Sleeping Energy Expenditure
Muscle Strength: Dynamometer: Hand Grip
Muscle Strength: Biodex Knee Extension
Muscle Strength: Plantar/Dorsi Flextion (Ankle)
Muscle Strength: Force Plate
Pregnancy Test
Tanner Stage


Nutrition Core Director
Babette Zemel, PhD
zemel [at]

Nutrition and Growth Lab Manager
Eileen Ford, MS, RD, FAND
FORDE [at]

NGL Technicians:
Gail Jackson, Lead Tech
jacksonga [at]

Deborah Ellerbe, BA
ellerbed [at]

Adaobi Obiakor, BA
obiakora [at]