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The world-class faculty in Penn State’s Nutritional Sciences Department actively engage in cutting-edge research that expands the body of knowledge in our field, while also acting as mentors to our graduate students.

In keeping with our innovative and interdisciplinary mission in Nutritional Sciences, the research possibilities here are extensive and diverse, covering domains such as nutritional epidemiology, public health issues in low-income and middle-income countries, food marketing and childhood obesity, best practices in online and hybrid learning — and much more.

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Xiang Gao
Xiang Gao
Associate Professor
Director of Nutritional Epidemiology Lab
Department
Nutritional Sciences - NUTR Graduate Program
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Fax
814-863-6103
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Summary Statement

Nutritional epidemiology; sleep disorders; neurological diseases; aging; and global health and stress, using data from several large international ongoing prospective cohorts — including the Nurses’ Health Study, the Health Professionals Follow-up Study, the

Alison Gernand
Alison D. Gernand
Ann Atherton Hertzler Early Career Professor in Global Health
Assistant Professor
Department
Nutritional Sciences - NUTR Graduate Program
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814-863-6103
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Summary Statement

Micronutrient deficiencies (in particular, vitamin D); pregnancy and prepregnancy maternal nutritional status; placenta (growth, vascular development and angiogenesis, pathology); adverse pregnancy outcomes (fetal growth restriction and SGA, preec

Tammy Houser
Graduate Program Adminstrative Assistant
Department
Nutritional Sciences - NUTR Graduate Program Administration
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814-863-6103
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Kathleen Keller
Kathleen L. Keller
Associate Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences
Director Metabolic Kitchen and Children's Eating Behavior Laboratory
Department
Nutritional Sciences - NUTR Childrens Eating Lab Graduate Program
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Fax
814-863-6103
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Summary Statement

Eating behaviors in children; neural mechanisms of taste preference and eating behaviors in children; food marketing and childhood obesity; genetic and neural influences in taste in children.

Shawnee Kelly
Shawnee M. Kelly
Assistant Teaching Professor
Coordinator of Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Nutritional Science
Department
Nutritional Sciences - NUTR Graduate Program World Campus
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Fax
814-863-6103
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Kodish
Stephen Kodish
Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Health and Nutritional Sciences
Department
Biobehavioral Health - BBH Nutritional Sciences - NUTR Graduate Program
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Summary Statement

As a social and behavioral scientist, Stephen Kodish is interested in the design, implementation, and evaluation of interventions aimed to improve the health and nutrition of vulnerable populations globally.

Penny Kris-Etherton
Penny M. Kris-Etherton
Distinguished Professor of Nutrition
Department
Nutritional Sciences - NUTR Cardiometabolic Nutrition Research Lab (CNRL) Graduate Program
Phone
Fax
814-863-6103
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Summary Statement

Effects of diet on established and emerging risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

Laura Murray-Kolb
Laura E. Murray-Kolb
Professor-in-Charge of the Graduate Program
Associate Professor
Department
Nutritional Sciences - NUTR Graduate Program Graduate Professor-in-Charge
Phone
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814-863-6103
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Summary Statement

Micronutrient deficiencies (primarily iron); mother-child interactions; child development; cognition and affect; biofortification

Muzi Na
Muzi Na
Assistant Professor
Department
Nutritional Sciences - NUTR Graduate Program
Phone
Fax
814-863-6103
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Summary Statement

Maternal and child nutrition; infant and young child feeding practices; food insecurity; innovative quantitative methods in nutrition research.

Gina Pazzaglia
Gina Pazzaglia
Associate Teaching Professor
Director, MPS Program in Nutritional Sciences
Department
Nutritional Sciences - NUTR Graduate Program World Campus
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Fax
814-863-6103
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Summary Statement

Best practices in teaching and learning; cultural competence and diversity skills; best practices in online and hybrid learning; nutrition education and health in the Latino population.

Connie Rogers
Connie J. Rogers
Associate Professor
Department
Nutritional Sciences - NUTR Graduate Program
Phone
Fax
814-863-6103
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Summary Statement

Role of changes in energy balance and related nutritional factors on inflammation; immune regulation and cancer risk using both animal models and human subjects.

Barbara Rolls
Barbara J. Rolls
Professor and Helen A. Guthrie Chair
Director, Laboratory for the Study of Human Ingestive Behavior
Department
Nutritional Sciences - NUTR Graduate Program
Phone
Fax
814-863-8574
Email
Summary Statement

Satiety and obesity; Influence of food characteristics such as variety, energy density, and portion size on energy intake across the lifespan.

A. Ross
A. Catharine Ross
Professor and Occupant of Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair
Department Head
Department
Nutritional Sciences - NUTR Administration Graduate Program
Phone
Fax
814-865-4723
Email
Summary Statement

Vitamin A/retinoid metabolism; hepatic retinoid function and gene expression; Vitamin A in infection and immunity; Vitamin A and lung development in neonatal period.

Gregory Shearer
Gregory Shearer
Associate Professor
Department
Nutritional Sciences - NUTR Graduate Program
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Fax
814-863-6103
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Summary Statement

The consequences of over-nutrition and the stress of "western diets" related to lipid mediators and a global shift of dietary fatty acids; identifying markers of disease and better ways to prevent or manage disease.

Jennifer Williams
Jennifer Savage Williams
Assistant Professor
Director, Center for Childhood Obesity Research
Department
Nutritional Sciences - NUTR Graduate Program Center for Childhood Obesity Research - CCOR
Phone
Fax
(814) 863-6103
Email
Summary Statement

Behavioral (feeding practices, sleep) and individual factors that impact food intake; Responsive parenting; Clinical and community-based childhood obesity prevention interventions