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J. Thomas Brenna, Ph.D.

Education

Ph.D., Chemistry
Cornell University

About

J. Thomas Brenna is a professor in the Department of Pediatrics. His research focuses on fats and oils and fatty acids. His group’s basic research into the chemical, biochemical, metabolic, genetic and ecological aspects of fatty acids have had a decisive influence on modern knowledge of these key nutrients. His group discovered a specific polymorphism in fatty acid desaturase 2 (FADS2) that controls endogenous synthesis of long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFA) and drives human evolutionary adaptation.

Professional Affiliations
  • International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids
    President, 2015-2018
  • Cornell University
    Professor Emeritus
Awards & Honors
  • Osborne and Mendel Award for Outstanding Contributions to Basic Research in Nutrition
    American Society for Nutrition, 2017
  • Robert Herman Award for Advancement of Clinical Nutrition
    American Society for Nutrition, 2013