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Kathlene Keller's Lab Group

The Metabolic Kitchen and Children’s Eating Behavior Laboratory is a shared research facility directed by Kathleen L. Keller, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Departments of Nutritional Science and Food Science at The Pennsylvania State University. We are located in 311 Chandlee Lab on the University Park Campus. We study eating behaviors in young children, in particular, how eating behaviors develop and how they are related to risk for obesity later in life. We are using techniques such as brain imaging and genetic screening to provide insight into the biological underpinnings of eating behavior and food preferences in children. We are also researching the impact of food marketing and branding on these eating behaviors.