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Tom Brenna, Ph.D.

Education

Ph.D., Chemistry
Cornell University

About

Tom Brenna joined The University of Texas at Austin in 2017 as a professor of pediatrics, human nutrition and chemistry in the Dell Medical School and the College of Natural Sciences. He served for 28 years as a professor of human nutrition, food science and chemistry at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., where he is currently professor emeritus. He served as a member of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Panel for the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. He was president of the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL) and was a member of the WHO/FAO Expert Consultancy on Fats and Fatty Acids (2011). Brenna’s 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 has had a decisive influence on modern knowledge of these key nutrients.

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