Meet our Science Advisors

In the IBDCoach program, we help you to stay up-to-date on the latest cutting edge research and thinking in digestive health, nutrition, and in Inflammatory Bowel Disease specifically. We are extremely fortunate to have two highly accomplished scientists, Drs. Lucy Mailing and Ali Arjomand as part of our science advisory team. Meet them below.

Lucy Mailing, Ph.D.

Lucy Mailing, PhD is a microbiome researcher, science educator, and passionate scholar of integrative, evidence-based gut health. 

Lucy received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Kalamazoo College in 2015 and her Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Illinois in 2019, where she was involved in several seminal studies that helped elucidate the effects of diet and exercise on the gut microbiota in states of health and disease.

Lucy has authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, including a highly cited review article on exercise and the gut microbiome that was awarded the American College of Sports Medicine Paper of the Year for 2019.  She was also named an Emerging Leader in Nutritional Sciences by the American Society for Nutrition in 2017.

Lucy is regularly invited to speak at national and international conferences related to nutrition, the microbiome, and integrative health, and received the Young Scientist Award for her presentation at the International Scientific Conference on Probiotics, Prebiotics, Gut Microbiota, & Health in 2019. 

Lucy is the founder and author of, a website dedicated to providing helpful, unbiased, evidence-based information about the microbiome and gut health in a way that empowers you to reverse chronic disease, optimize your health, and live better.

Ali Arjomand, Ph.D. 

Ali Arjomand, PhD is a nutrition scientist, entrepreneur and mission-driven business executive delivering impact through translational science.

Ali is the founder of Modulla Health, an IBD focused nutrition clinic, where he develops and delivers personalized nutrition interventions to IBD patients. These science-based nutritional interventions have transformed the disease course of Modulla’s clients, as they did to Ali’s own disease.

As a Crohn’s disease patient for 20 years, Ali received the best-in-class medical care, including steroids, biologic therapy and two GI surgeries. None of this achieved sustained results, and after failing his medications again in 2016, Ali decided to take complete ownership of his disease. He applied his science training in nutrition to successfully achieve remarkable, medication-free and long-lasting success. Ali is publishing these findings in gastroenterology peer-reviewed journals.

Before these personal transformations, Ali’s career path included scientific, strategic and executive leadership roles at innovative, vision-driver organizations, including working directly with Bill Gates on global health, nutrition, agriculture and infectious disease challenges.

Prior to that, Ali founded Accium BioSciences, a first-of-a-kind research laboratory that commercialized innovations he developed in graduate school. Ali designed and conducted over 50 Phase 1 clinical studies for FDA review in partnerships with pharmaceutical companies and led an NIH-funded clinical study in glioblastoma patients.

Ali received his PhD in Nutrition and BS in Genetics, both from the University of California, Davis.

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