Department of Nutritional Sciences (NUTR) Faculty Directory

Alison Borkowska, Ph.D.
Ph.D., University of California, 2012
Research Interests:

Fatty acid metabolism, targeted metabolomics, oxylipin and endocannabinoid biology, inter-individual variability, weight loss and maintenance

Kristi Branstetter
Food Lab Instructor in Nutritional Sciences
Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, Boulder, Colorado - Culinary Arts Degree - June 2004
Research Interests:

Health benefits of vegetarian, vegan and raw diets.

Kristine Clark, Ph.D., RD
Director Sports Nutrition; Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 1992
Research Interests:

Sports Nutrition

Mary Dean Coleman Kelly, Ph.D., MS, RD
Didactic Program Director and Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
MS, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Research Interests:

Rebecca L. Corwin, Ph.D., RD
Professor of Nutritional Neuroscience
Ph.D., University of Chicago (Chicago), 1989
Research Interests:

Behavioral neurobiology of binge eating and fat intake.

Brenda Eissenstat, MS, RD
Senior Instructor and Lead Academic Adviser
M.S., Utah State University (1986)
Research Interests:

Dietetics Education

Xiang Gao, MD, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Director of Nutritional Epidemiology Lab
M.S., Peking Union Medical College & Chinese Academy for Medical Science, 2001
Ph.D., Tufts University, 2005
M.D., Shanghai Second Medical University, 1994
Research Interests:

Dr Gao’s research interests include nutritional Epidemiology, sleep disorders, neurological diseases, aging, global health and stress. Data from several large international ongoing prospective cohorts have been used, in which approximately ~500,000 men and women have been followed regarding their lifestyles and health conditions. These cohorts include the Nurses’ Health Study, the Health Professionals Follow-up Study, the Cancer Prevention Study II Nutrition Cohort, and the Kailuan Cohort.

Alison D. Gernand, PhD, MPH, RD
Assistant Professor
PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2011
MPH, University of Texas School of Public Health at Houston, 2003
Research Interests:
  • Micronutrient deficiencies
  • Pregnancy and prepregnancy maternal nutritional status
  • Fetal and placental growth and development
  • Adverse pregnancy outcomes
  • Public health issues in low-income countries

Michael H. Green, Ph.D.
Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley), 1973
Research Interests:

Vitamin A metabolism

Tracer kinetics/mathematical modeling

Lipoprotein metabolism

Lipid absorption

Vitamin A delivery to milk

Gordon Jensen, MD, Ph.D.
Professor and Head
PhD, Cornell Univ, 1981
M.D., Cornell Univ. 1984
Research Interests:
  • Nutritional concerns of older persons.
  • Nutrition screening for risk in elderly populations
  • Obesity and function in older persons.
  • Inflammation in Nutrition and Medicine.

Shannon L. Kelleher, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Nutritional Sciences, Surgery and Cell & Molecular Physiology
Ph.D., Nutrition, University of California, Davis
Research Interests:

The role of maternal genetics and diet on mammary gland function and breast health. We focus on understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms which regulate zinc metabolism in breast cells during lactation and how these mechanisms are dysregulated in breast cancer.

Kathleen L. Keller, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (2002)
Research Interests:

We study eating behaviors in young children, in particular, how do they develop and how are they related to risk for obesity later in life. We are using techniques such as brain imaging and genetic screening to provide insight into the biological underpinnings of eating behavior and food preferences in children. Also, we are researching the impact of food marketing and branding on these eating behaviors.

  • Eating behaviors in children
  • Neural mechanisms of taste preference and eating behaviors in children
  • Food marketing and childhood obesity
  • Genetic and neural influences in taste in children

Shawnee M. Kelly, MS, RD
M.S., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2005
Research Interests:

Dietetics Education

Geriatric Nutrition

Nutrition Assessment

Lynn Parker Klees, MA, RD, CDE, LDN
M.A. Oakland University, 1983
Research Interests:

Penny M. Kris-Etherton, Ph.D., RD
Distinguished Professor of Nutrition
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1978
Research Interests:

The effects of diet on established and emerging risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

Denise Conforti Lawson, MS, RD, LDN
Dietetic Internship Director and Instructor
MS in Nutrition, Tufts University, 2002
Research Interests:

Dietetics Education

Clinical Nutrition Management

Informatics and Technology in Dietetics

Barbara Lohse, PhD, RD, LDN
Research Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences Principal Investigator for Evaluation, Program Development and Policy for Pennsylvania SNAP-Ed and the NEEDS Center.
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1994
Research Interests:

Eating Competence, including measurement validation and intervention assessment

Nutrition Education methodologies

Problem-based Learning and Learning Technologies, such as web and digital photo receiver

Complementary and Alternative Nutrition issues

Nutrition education for low-income audiences Survey development and nutrition education impact study design

Laura E. Murray-Kolb, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
M.S., The Pennsylvania State University, 1998
Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 2003
Research Interests:
  • Micronutrient deficiencies (primarily iron)
  • Mother-child interactions
  • Child development
  • Cognition and affect
  • Biofortification

Jill Patterson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1979
Research Interests:

Connie J. Rogers, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor and Occupant of the Broadhurst Career Development Professorship for the Study of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
M.P.H., The University of Pittsburgh, 2003
Ph.D., The University of Pittsburgh, 1998
Research Interests:

My research focuses on the role of changes in energy balance and related nutritional factors on inflammation, immune regulation and cancer risk using both animal models and human subjects.

Barbara J. Rolls, Ph.D.
Helen A. Guthrie Chair and Professor
Ph.D., University of Cambridge, England, 1970
Research Interests:

Psychological and environmental controls of food intake and food selection in normal weight and obese humans

Dietary strategies for weight management

A. Catharine Ross, Ph.D.
Professor and Occupant of Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair
Ph.D., Cornell University, 1976
Research Interests:

Vitamin A/retinoid metabolism

Hepatic retinoid function and gene expression

Vitamin A in infection and immunity

Vitamin A and lung development in neonatal period

Gregory Shearer, PhD
Associate Professor
Research Interests:

Lipid mediators are bioactive metabolites of dietary fatty acids. They act on tissues to alter many disease-related functions, including the stiffness of blood vessels and the body's response to stress.

Most investigations focus on the actions of individual lipid mediators, however over-nutrition and the stress of "western diets" is characterized by a global shift of dietary fatty acids, not a shift in any single fatty acid. The consequence of multiple changes in fatty acids is a corresponding change in the array of lipid mediators produced. We seek to understand disease-related functional changes in the context of globally changes and use them to identify markers of disease and better ways to prevent or manage disease.

Matam Vijay-Kumar (Vijay), PhD
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Biochemistry, Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore, India 2002.
Research Interests:
  1. Host Metabolic Adaptations to Inflammation
  2. Innate Immunity-Gut Microbiotal Interactions in Metabolic Diseases
  3. Iron Homeostasis in Inflammaton

Jennifer Savage Williams, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor; Interim Director, Center for Childhood Obesity Research
Ph.D. The Pennsylvania State University, 2008
Research Interests:

Developing individualized, adaptive prenatal and postnatal interventions to promote health across the lifespan.

Examining the effects of responsive parenting on children’s development of eating behaviors and health outcomes.

Building community partnerships to develop efficient and effective interventions that use electronic-health, multi-media technology to target low-income mothers to reduce children’s intake of “empty calories”.

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