A. Catharine Ross, Ph.D.

photo of A. Ross

Professor and Occupant of Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair and Department Head

Contact Information

204 Chandlee Laboratory
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-865-4723



Ph.D., Cornell University, 1976

Research Interests

  • Hepatic lipid metabolism and gene expression
  • Vitamin A in infection and immunity
  • Retinoid kinetics in neonates

Selected Publications

Rubin LP, Ross AC, Stephensen CB, Bohn T, Tanumihardjo SA. Metabolic effects of inflammation on vitamin A and carotenoids in humans and animal models. Adv. Nutr. Mar 15;8(2): 197-212, 2017.

Huang K-H, Hao L, Smith PB, Rogers CJ, Patterson AD, Ross AC. Lipid emulsion and voluntary exercise reduce lipogenesis and ameliorate early-stage hepatic steatosis in high carbohydrate diet-fed mice. J. Nutr., 147: 746-753, 2017.

Hodges JK, Libo Tan L, Green MH, Ross AC. Vitamin A supplementation redirects the flow of chylomicron retinyl esters from peripheral to central organs in neonatal rats raised under vitamin A-marginal conditions. Am. J. Clin. Nutr., 105: 1110-1121, 2017.

Hoest C, Seidman JC, Lee G, Platts-Mills JA, Ali A, Olortegui MP, Bessong P, Chandyo R, Babji S, Mohan VR, Mondal D, Mahfuz M, Mduma ER, Nyathi E, Abreu C, Miller MA, Pan W, Mason CJ, Knobler SL; MAL-ED Network Investigators (A.C. Ross included in list of Network Investigators). Vaccine coverage and adherence to EPI schedules in eight resource poor settings in the MAL-ED cohort study. Vaccine 35(3): 443-451, 2017.

Rasmussen KL, Whaley SE, Pérez-Escamilla R, Ross AC, Baker SS, Hatfield T, Latulippe ME. New opportunities for breastfeeding promotion and support in WIC: Review of WIC food packages, improving balance and choice. J. Nutr. Educ. Behav. 49(752): S197-S201, 2017.

Ross, AC. Impact of chronic and acute inflammation on extra- and intracellular iron homeostasis. NIH symposium supplement paper, Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 106 (Suppl 6): 1581S-1587S, 2017.

Hodges JK, Tan L, Green MH, Ross AC. Supplementation with vitamin A and retinoic acid as compared to vitamin A alone is more potent at increasing the uptake of retinol into extrahepatic tissues of neonatal rats raised under vitamin A-marginal conditions. Curr. Devel. Nutr. September 2017, 1 (9) e000265.

Owusu SA, Ross AC. Retinoid homeostatic gene expression in liver, lung and kidney: ontogeny and response to vitamin A-retinoic acid (VARA) supplementation from birth to adult age. PLOS One, 11(1):e0145924, 2016.

Hao L, Huang K-H, Ito K, Sae-tan S, Lambert JD, Ross AC. Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF)-21 gene expression is elevated in the liver of mice fed a high-carbohydrate liquid diet and attenuated by lipid emulsion, but is not upregulated in liver of mice fed a high-fat obesogenic diet. J Nutr. 146(2): 184-90, 2016.

Tan L, Babbs AE, Green MH, Ross AC. Direct and indirect vitamin A supplementation strategies result in different plasma and tissue retinol kinetics in neonatal rats. J. Lipid Res. 57(8):1423-1434, 2016.

Courses Taught

NUTR 502 Regulation of Nutrient Metabolism II (Vitamins section)

Strategic Themes

  • Domains of Health and Behavior