Department of Nutritional Sciences (NUTR) Faculty Directory

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

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

aub47@psu.edu

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.

kub23@psu.edu

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

Sports Nutrition

klc5@psu.edu

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

Technology and dietary behavior change; Weight Loss;Bone Health

mdc15@psu.edu

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.

rxc13@psu.edu

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

Dietetics Education

bre2@psu.edu

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.

xxg14@psu.edu

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
  • Fetal and placental growth
  • Child growth
adg14@psu.edu

Michael H. Green, Ph.D.
Professor
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

mhg@psu.edu

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.
glj1@psu.edu

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.

slk39@psu.edu

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
klk37@psu.edu

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

Dietetics Education

Geriatric Nutrition

Nutrition Assessment 

smc28@psu.edu

Lynn Parker Klees, MA, RD, CDE, LDN
Instructor
M.A. Oakland University, 1983
Research Interests:
lgp2@psu.edu

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.

pmk3@psu.edu

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

dmc209@psu.edu

Barbara Lohse, PhD, RD, LDN
Associate 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

lohseb@psu.edu

Laura E. Murray-Kolb, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 2003
Research Interests:

 Iron Status

lem118@psu.edu

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

Nutrition education and outreach.

Materials development in a variety of settings and target populations.

Process, formative, and summative evaluation of nutrition education materials.

Development and evaluation of web-based learning in young adults.

jxp54@psu.edu

Claudia K. Probart, Ph.D., RD
Senior Research Scientist
Ph.D., University of Oregon, 1987
Research Interests:

School-based nutrition and childhood obesity

ckp1@psu.edu

Connie J. Rogers, Ph.D.
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. One focus area of the lab is to evaluate the biological impact of obesity on inflammatory mediators and anti-tumor immune mechanisms, and the downstream consequences of obesity-induced changes in immune processes on gastrointestinal and breast cancer incidence and development. A second focus area is to understand the mechanisms by which physical activity modulates immune function, and to determine if these changes impact cancer risk. In particular, we are interested in reducing the pro-inflammatory environment of obesity and reversing the obesity-induced deficits in anti-tumor immune mechanisms using physical activity, and gaining a better understanding of the biological mechanisms mediating these effects. 

cjr102@psu.edu

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

bjr4@psu.edu

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

acr6@psu.edu

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.

gcs13@psu.edu

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
mvk13@psu.edu

Jennifer Savage Williams
Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
jfs195@psu.edu

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