IGPNS Faculty Mentors

Forty faculty members at the University of Wisconsin-Madison serve as trainers in the  Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences (IGPNS). If you are looking for mentors in an specific emphasis, go to: Graduate Program, Prospective Students, Faculty and then the emphasis group you are interested in.

Alexandra K. Adams, M.D. 1994, Ph.D. 1997. Department of Family Medicine Family- and community-based intervention to reduce obesity and cardiac risk factors in American Indian children.

Rozalyn Anderson, Ph.D. 2000. Department of Medecine, Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology, SMPH.

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: "The Ferlin Family in Skeletal Muscle Development and Disease".

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, University of Wisconsin; 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.

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

Frank R. Greer, Professor of Pediatrics; M.D., 1972. Infant nutrition: fat soluble vitamins, calcium metabolism, energy requirements, effects of dexamethasone on metabolism.

Guy E. Groblewski, Associate 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.

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.

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., 1995. 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.

Mattew 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 of Nutritional Sciences; Ph.D. Department of Nutritional Sciences - focusing on human nutrition and improving infant feeding practices in low-income families.

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

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 Rey, Assistant Professor of Bacteriology; Ph.D. Effects of diet on human gut microbiome interactions and impact on host.

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.

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

Richard Weindruch, Professor of Medicine; Ph.D., 1978. The biology of aging; studying caloric restriction (CR), which slows the aging process in laboratory animals such as mice, rats, and rhesus monkeys.

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.