Penn State Scientist Receives Prestigious Nutrition Research Award

June 2, 2010

Dr. Shannon Kelleher, assistant professor of nutritional sciences at Penn State, was awarded the prestigious E.L.R. Stokstad Award by the American Society for Nutrition. She received the award at the at the Experimental Biology annual meeting in April 2010 in Anaheim, California.

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Kelleher gives an acceptance speech for the award at the Experimental Biology meeting

The E.L.R. Stokstad Award is given for outstanding fundamental research in nutrition, with preference to scientists at relatively early stages in their careers. The award of $2,500 and an engraved plaque is supported by an endowment from the family of E.L.R. Stokstad.

“This is an incredible honor,” says Kelleher. “I’m flattered and honored to not only be nominated but to receive the award.”

Kelleher’s work focuses on how the body uses zinc. Her research is broad, covering topics that range from breast cancer and obesity in older women to human reproduction and ways to detect zinc. Some of her work showed that breast cancer cells have much higher levels of zinc than noncancerous breast cells. Currently, she is looking into new ways to treat breast cancer based on how zinc interacts with cells throughout the body.


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