Gershoff Professor of Nutrition Science and Policy
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 focuses 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. She has served on committees for the American Heart Association, National Academies of Sciences, Food and Drug Administration, and US Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services. Dr. Lichtenstein was a member of the 2000 and vice-chair of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. She currently serves on the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academies of Sciences, as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Lipid Research, and Executive Editor of the Tufts Health and Nutrition Letter. Dr. Lichtenstein received a BS in nutrition from Cornell University, MS in nutrition from the Pennsylvania State University, and MS and Doctorate in Nutritional Biochemistry from Harvard University.