A. Catharine Ross, Ph.D.

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Dorothy Foehr Chair and Professor

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

Tan L, Wray AE, Green MH, Ross AC, Retinol kinetics in unsupplemented and vitamin A-retinoic acid supplemented neonatal rats: A preliminary model. J. Lipid Res. 55:1738-1749, 2014.

Zolfaghari R, Ross AC. Hepatocyte nuclear factor 4α (HNF4α) in coordination with retinoic acid receptors increases CYP26A1 expression in hepatocytes. J. Cell. Biochem. E-pub May 12, 2014.

Tan LT, Wray AE, Green MH, Ross AC, Compartmental modeling of whole-body vitamin A kinetics in unsupplemented and vitamin A-retinoic acid supplemented neonatal rats. J Lipid Res 55:1077-1086, 2014.

Hao L, Ito K, Huang K-H, Sae-tan, S, Lambert JD, Ross AC.. Shifts in dietary carbohydrate-lipid exposure regulate expression of the non-alcoholic fatty liver disease-associated gene PNPLA3/adiponutrin in mouse liver and HepG2 human liver cells. Metabolism E-pub Jun 21, 2014.

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.

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