J. Thomas Brenna, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Pediatrics
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.
International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids
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