IGPNS Faculty

Forty-nine faculty members at the University of Wisconsin-Madison serve as trainers in the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences. To search for faculty in a specific emphasis group, please select one of the following options: Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition, Human Nutrition, and Animal Nutrition.

Rozalyn Anderson, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., 2000 Nutrient sensitive regulatory pathways in aging and age-associated disease.

Louis E. Armentano, Professor of Dairy Science; Ph.D., 1982. Ruminant nutritional physiology and the role of ruminants in using by-products derived from processing plants for human use.

Alan D. Attie, Professor of Biochemistry; Ph.D., 1980. Cell biology of lipoprotein assembly; genetics of obesity and diabetes.

Neil C. Binkley, Associate Professor of Medicine, M.D. 1979. Vitamin K insufficiency and osteoporosis.

Hannah V. Carey, Professor of Veterinary Medicine; Ph.D., 1983 Gastrointestinal physiology; intestinal adaptation; mammalian hibernation and its application to biomedicine; cellular and physiological responses to stress.

Margaret Clagett-Dame, Professor of Biochemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences; Ph.D., 1985. Vitamin A in embryonic development; therapeutic uses of retinoids and deltanoids.

David K. Combs, Professor of Dairy Science; Ph.D., 1985. Ruminal digestion and metabolism of forages by dairy cattle; food intake regulation in ruminants.

Mark E. Cook, Professor of Animal Sciences; Ph.D. 1982. Immune regulation of nutrient metabolism and physiological processes in development, disease, and growth.

Thomas D. Crenshaw, Professor of Animal Science; Ph.D. 1980. Skeletal tissue growth and assessment; statistical approaches to establishment of mineral and amino acid requirements; swine nutrition.

Dawn B. Davis, Assistant Professor; M.D, Ph.D. 2003. Dissertation: “Changes in pancreatic beta cell gene expression in response to obesity and in the setting of beta cell proliferation”.

John M. Denu, Professor of Biomolecular Chemistry; Ph.D. 1993. Investigation of the proposed “Histone Code”; understanding the mechanisms of enzymes that reversibly modify proteins and the effects of these modifications on protein function.

Marc K. Drezner, Professor of Medicine; M.D. 1970. Investigation of the pathophysiological cascade of events linking loss of function PHEX and DMP1M mutations to abnormalities in FGF-23 production and the phenotype of X-linked Hypophosphatemia and Autosomal Recessive Hypophosphatemic Rickets.

David J. Eide, Professor of Nutritional Sciences; Ph.D,1987. Nutritional genomics and molecular responses to changes in nutrient status.

Richard S. Eisenstein, Professor of Nutritional Sciences; Ph.D., 1985. Iron metabolism; posttranscriptional control of proteins required for the uptake, storage, and use of iron.

Feyza Engin, Assistant Professor of Biomolecular Chemistry; Ph.D., 2007. Investigating the molecular mechanisms of organelle dysfunction and celullar stress responses in the pathogenesis of diabetes.

Irwin Goldman, Associate Professor of Horticulture; Ph.D. Vegetable breeding and genetics, human health attributes of vegetable crops, history of plant breeding and genetics.

Guy E. Groblewski, Professor of Nutritional Sciences; Ph.D., 1991. Intracellular signal transduction in gastrointestinal epithelial cells.

Colleen E. Hayes, Professor of Biochemistry; Ph.D., 1973. Vitamin D regulation of immune function and autoimmune disease; genetic and biochemical analysis of B-lymphocyte survival and apoptosis signaling.

Laura L. Hernandez, Assistant Professor of Dairy Science; Ph.D. 2008. Regulation of lactation and milk synthesis in relation to the autocrine, paracrine, endocrine and serotonin systems.

Bermans J. Iskandar, Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics; MD. 1989. Dr. Iskandar’s lab has shown that folate treatment enhances axon regeneration and healing of the injured CNS via the methylation arm of the folate pathway. Current work aims to understand the underpinnings of the relationship between the CNS, folate-mediated DNA methylation, and other epigenetic mechanisms.

Marty S. Kanarek, Professor of Population Health Sciences and Environmental Studies; Ph.D., 1978. Environmental epidemiology; potential population health effects from consumption of fish contaminated with mercury, PCBs, and other chemicals.

William H. Karasov, Professor of Wildlife Ecology; Ph.D., 1981. Intestinal absorption; effects of plant toxins; nutritional ecology of wild vertebrates.

Nancy P. Keller, Professor of Medical Microbiology and Immunology; Ph.D. 1990. Elucidation of molecular genetics and chemistry of fungal metabolites harmful or helpful to nutritional processes.

Joseph W. Kemnitz, Professor of Cell and Regenerative Biology (also Director for Translational Technologies and Resources for Institute for Clinical and Translational Research); Ph.D., 1976. Regulation of energy balance; consequences of energy imbalances in early development and aging; nonhuman primate models.

Michelle E. Kimple, Assistant Professor of Medicine; Ph.D. 2003. Pancreatic beta-cell response to nutrient and hormonal stimulation.

Pamela J. Kling, Associate Professor of Pediatrics; M.D. 1985. Erythropoiesis, iron metabolism and roles of erythropoietin in early development.

Laura J. Knoll, Associate Professor of Medical Microbiology & Immunology; Ph.D. 1994. Host/pathogen interactions of the intracelluar parasite Toxoplasma gondii.

Kenneth A. Kudsk, Professor of Surgery; M.D., 1975. Effect of route and type of nutrition on surgical outcome; mucosal immunity and response to infection.

Huichuan J. Lai, Professor of Nutritional Sciences; Ph.D., R.D., 1994. Epidemiological studies linking nutrition and disease outcomes in pediatric populations.

Dudley Lamming, Assistant Professor of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism; Ph.D., 2008. Protein regulation of cellular processes that affect growth, metabolism, and aging.

Julie A. Mares, Professor of Ophthalmology; Ph.D., 1987. Epidemiological study of relationships between diet and age-related eye disease.

Matthew J. Merrins, Assistant Professor of Medicine; PhD., 2008. Ability of pancreatic islet beta cells to trigger cell proliferation and release of insulin during periods of increased insulin needs.

Denise M. Ney, Professor of Nutritional Sciences; Ph.D., 1986. Gastrointestinal physiology, nutrient-hormone interactions, and nutritional management of phenylketonuria.

James M. Ntambi, Steenbock Professor of Nutritional Sciences (also Biochemistry); Ph.D., 1985. Mechanisms of fat cell differentiation; regulation of gene expression by dietary and hormonal factors.

Beth Olson, Associate Professor. Ph.D – Nutrition, University of California at Davis. Breastfeeding support and improving infant feeding practices.

Dave Pagliarini, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry; Ph.D., Co-director, Mitochondrial Proten Partnership

Brian W. Parks, Assistant Professor of Nutritional Sciences, Ph.D., 2008. Systems genetics, Gene-diet interactions, and molecular mechanisms of obesity and diabetes.

Tomas Prolla, Associate Professor of Genetics; Ph.D. 1994. Mechanisms of aging and the effect of caloric restriction on aging; effect of selenium status on DNA repair and oxidative stress.

Jess Reed, Professor of Animal Sciences; Ph.D. 1983. Flavonoids and other phytochemicals in animal and human health and nutrition.

Federico E. Rey, Assistant Professor of Bacteriology; Ph.D., 2006. Gut bacterial metabolism and human health, and microbial cross-feeding.

Joanne Robbins, Professor of Medicine, Sections of Gastroenterology and Geriatrics/Gerontology; M.D. Swallowing/changes with age; dysphagia – its diagnosis and treatment, particularly in elders.

Daniel Schaefer, Professor of Animal Sciences; Ph.D., 1979. Growth of beef cattle in grazing and feedlot systems.

William Schrage, Professor of Kinesiology; Ph.D., 2001. Human cardiovascular control during exercise or environmental stress, focused on the impact of obesity and insulin resistance on blood flow regulation to skeletal muscle and brain.

Phillip W. Simon, Professor of Horticulture; Ph.D., 1977. Biochemical genetics and breeding of carrots, alliums, and cucumber; genetic improvement of vegetable culinary and nutritional value.

Susan M. Smith, Professor of Nutritional Sciences; Ph.D., 1987. Nutritional interactions with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome; molecular mechanisms of FAS neurotoxicity.

Roger A. Sunde, Professor of Nutritional Sciences; Ph.D., 1980. Selenium deficiency as a model for nutrient regulation of gene expression; molecular mechanism of selenium regulation and homeostasis; biochemical functions of selenium.

Sherry Tanumihardjo, Professor of Nutritional Sciences; Ph.D., 1993. Vitamin A assessment methodology; carotenoid bioavailability; and international nutrition.

Heather White, Assistant Professor of Dairy Science; Ph.D. 2010. Nutritional Physiology – Focus on hepatic carbon flux specifically during the coordinated responses to the transition to lactation, nutrition, and stress in dairy cattle and during onset and progression of NAFLD and NASH in humans.

Eric Yen, Assistant Professor of Nutritional Sciences; Ph.D. 2000. Intestine, assimilation of dietary fat, and energy balance.