Penny M. Kris-Etherton, Ph.D., RD

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Distinguished Professor of Nutrition

Contact Information

319 Chandlee Laboratory
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-863-6103


Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1978

Research Interests

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

Selected Publications

Katcher HI, Legro RS, Kunselman AR, Gillies PJ, Demers LM, Bagshaw DM, Kris-Etherton PM. The effects of a whole grain-enriched hypocaloric diet on cardiovascular disease risk factors in men and women with metabolic syndrome. Am J Clin Nutr. 87:79-90, 2008.

Griel AE, Cao Y, Bagshaw DD, Cifelli AM, Holub B, Kris-Etherton PM. A macadamia nut-rich diet reduces total and LDL-cholesterol in mildly hypercholesterolemic men and women. J Nutr. 138:761-767, 2008

Gebauer SK, West SG, Kay CD, Alaupovic P, Bagshaw D, Kris-Etherton PM. Effects of pistachios on cardiovascular disease risk factors and potential mechanisms of action: a dose-response study. Am J Clin Nutr. 88:651-659, 2008

Cao Y, Mauger DT, Pelkman CL, Zhao G, Townsend SM, Kris-Etherton PM. Effects of moderate (MF) versus lower fat (LF) diets on lipids and lipoproteins: a meta-analysis of clinical trials in subjects with and without diabetes. J Clin Lipid. 3:19-32, 2009

Hilpert KF, West SG, Bagshaw DM, Fishell V, Barnhart L, Lefevre M, Most MM, Zemel MB, Chow M, Hinderliter AL, Kris-Etherton PM. Effects of dairy products on intracellular calcium and blood pressure in adults with essential hypertension. J Am Coll Nutr. 28:142-149, 2009

Zhang J, Kris-Etherton PM, Thompson JT, Vanden Heuvel JP. Effect of pistachio oil on gene expression of IFN-induced protein with tetratricopeptide repeats 2: A biomarker of inflammatory response. Mol Nutr Food Res. 54:Supp 1:S83-92, 2010

Gillies PJ, Kris-Etherton PM. Opportunities and challenges in nutrigenetics/ nutrigenomics: building industry-academia partnerships. World Rev Nutr Diet. 101:160-168, 2010

West SG, Krick A, Klein LC, Zhao G, Wojtowicz T, McGuiness M, Bagshaw D, Wagner P, Ceballos R, Holub B, and Kris-Etherton PM. Effects of diets high in walnuts and flax oil on hemodynamic responses to stress and vascular endothelial function. J Am Coll Nutr. 29:595-603, 2010

Skulas-Ray AC, Kris-Etherton PM, Harris WS, Vanden Heuvel JP, Wagner PR, West SG. Dose-response effects of omega-3 fatty acids on triglycerides, inflammation, and endothelial function in healthy persons with moderate hypertriglyceridemia. Am J Clin Nutr. 93:243-252, 2011

Hartman TJ, Zhang Z, Albert PS, Bagshaw D, Mentor-Marcel R, Mitchell DC, Colburn NH, Kris-Etherton PM, Lanza E. Reduced Energy Intake and Weight Loss on a Legume-Enriched Diet Lead to Improvements in Biomarkers Related to Chronic Disease. Top Clin Nutr. 26:208–215, 2011

Courses Taught

NUTR 453 Diet in Disease

NUTR 490W Nutrition Seminar

NUTRN 513 Athersclerosis and Nutrition

NUTRN 551 Seminar in Nutrition

Strategic Themes

  • Domains of Health and Behavior