Biography: Alice H. Lichtenstein, DSc

Alice H. Lichtenstein, DSc
  • Gershoff Professor of Nutrition Science and Policy
  • Director and Senior Scientist, Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory
  • Tufts University
  • JM USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging
  • Boston, MA

Dr. Lichtenstein is the Stanley N. Gershoff Professor of Nutrition Science and Policy at the Friedman School, and Director of the Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory and Senior Scientist at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, at Tufts University. She holds secondary appointments as Professor of Medicine at Tufts Medical Center, and an honorary doctoral degree from the University of Eastern Finland. Dr. Lichtenstein’s career research has focused on assessing the interplay between diet and cardiometabolic risk factors. Past and current work includes addressing issues related to trans fatty acids, soy protein, and isoflavones, sterol/stanol esters, novel vegetable oils differing in fatty acid profile and glycemic index, primarily in postmenopausal females and older males. Additional work is focused on population-based studies to assess the relationship between nutrient biomarkers and cardiovascular disease risk, and application of systematic review methodology to the field of nutrition. Dr. Lichtenstein served on the 2000 and 2015 (vice-chair) Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committees. She is a member and was past-chair of the AHA Nutrition Committee. Dr. Lichtenstein was a member of the 2003 Dietary Reference Intake Macronutrient Panel, vice-chair of the Examination of Front-of-Package Nutrition Rating Systems and Symbols, and member of the Sodium Intake in Populations Assessment of Evidence panels for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She served as vice-chair of the 2013 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Treatment of Blood Cholesterol to Reduce Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Risk in Adults and member of the 2013 AHA/ACC Guideline on Lifestyle Management to Reduce Cardiovascular Risk panels. Dr. Lichtenstein currently serves as Executive Editor of the Tufts Health and Nutrition Letter and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Lipid Research. She also serves as a member of the Food and Nutrition Board and Review of Dietary Reference Intakes for Sodium and Potassium panel, both of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.