A. Catharine Ross, Ph.D.

photo of A. Ross

Professor and Occupant of Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair

Contact Information

204 Chandlee Laboratory
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-865-4723



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

Selected Publications

Zhang Y, Ross AC. Retinoic acid and the transcription factor MafB act together and differentially to regulate aggrecan and matrix metalloproteinase gene expression in neonatal chondrocytes. J. Cell. Biochem. 2013;114:471-479.

Ito K, Hao L, Wray AE, Ross AC. Lipid emulsion administered intravenously or orally attenuates triglyceride accumulation and expression of inflammatory markers in the liver of nonobese mice fed parenteral nutrition formula, J. Nutr. 143:253-259, 2013.

Restori KR, Kennett MJ, Ross AC. Immunization with pneumococcal polysaccharide PPS3 and lipopolysaccharide modulates lung and liver inflammation during a virulent Streptococcus pneumoniae infection in mice. Clin Vac Immunol. 20:639-50, 2013.

James ML, Ross AC, Nicola T, Steele C, Ambalavanan N. VARA attenuates hyperoxia-induced impaired alveolar development and lung function in newborn mice. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 304:L803-12, 2013.

Chen Q, Mosovsky KL, Ross AC. Retinoic acid and alpha-galactosylceramide regulate the expression of costimulatory receptors and transcription factors responsible for B cell activation and differentiation, Immunobiology, 218: 1477– 1487, 2013.

Ross AC, Restori KH. Vitamin A, (Chapter 17). In: Diet, immunity, and inflammation. Calder PC, Yaqoob P, eds. Woodhouse, London, Sept 2013.

Wu L, Zolfaghari R, Ross AC. Acidic retinoids in small amounts promote retinyl ester formation in neonatal lung, with transient increases in retinoid homeostatic gene expression. Nutr & Metab. 2013, 10:72.

Restori KH, McDaniel KL, Wray AE, Cantorna MT, Ross AC. Streptococcus pneumoniae-induced pneumonia and Citrobacter rodentium-induced gut infection differentially alter vitamin A concentrations in the lung and liver of mice. J. Nutr. 144(3): 392-398, 2014.

Courses Taught

NUTR 490W Nutrition Seminar

NUTR 502 Regulation of Nutrient Metabolism II (Vitamins section)

NUTR 508 Readings in Molecular Nutrition

NUTR 583 Nutritional Epidemiology

Strategic Themes

  • Domains of Health and Behavior