Frank Busta, Ph.D., has been director emeritus of the National Center for Food Protection and Defense (NCFPD) since 2007 and professor emeritus of food microbiology at the University of Minnesota since 1999. Dr. Busta was named the first director of NCFPD in 2004, a position he held until 2014. Previously, he held faculty positions at the University of Minnesota, North Carolina State University, and the University of Florida. He served as chair of the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Florida from 1984 to 1987 and head of the Department of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota from 1987 to 1997. Dr. Busta’s research is in the areas of food safety, growth and survival of microorganisms in food after environmental stress, microbial ecology, and food defense. He has published more than 125 refereed research papers. Dr. Busta retired from the International Commission on the Microbiological Specifications for Food in 2002 after 15 years of service. He is a fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists, serving as its president in 1995-1996; the American Academy of Microbiology; the American Association for the Advancement of Science; the Institute of Food Science and Technology in the United Kingdom; the International Association for Food Protection; and the Academy of the International Union of Food Science and Technology. From 2011 to 2014, he chaired the Food Forum of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Dr. Busta received his B.A. and M.S. from the University of Minnesota and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.
Cindy Davis, Ph.D., is director of grants and extramural activities in the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), National Institutes of Health (NIH). In this position, she actively engages and encourages partnerships with other NIH institutes and centers to facilitate funding of grants that are of high relevance to ODS’s mission and goals. She is also actively involved in a number of government working groups on the microbiome. Before coming to ODS, Dr. Davis was a program director in the Nutritional Sciences Research Group at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). In 2000, she received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and was named U.S. Department of Agriculture Early Career Scientist. She has published more than 125 peer-reviewed journal articles and 11 invited book chapters. Dr. Davis received her B.S. in nutritional sciences with honors from Cornell University and her Ph.D. in nutrition with a minor in human cancer biology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She completed her postdoctoral training at the Laboratory of Experimental Carcinogenesis at NCI.
Rafael de Cabo, Ph.D., is senior investigator at the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging; chief of the Translational Gerontology Branch; and chief of the Experimental Gerontology Section in the Aging, Metabolism, and Nutrition Unit. In 2004, he was appointed tenure track investigator in the Laboratory of Experimental Gerontology. Dr. de Cabo was tenured in 2009 and now heads the Experimental Gerontology Section (EGS). The EGS applies both physiological and tissue-specific molecular approaches to investigate effects of nutrition interventions on basic mechanisms of aging and age-related diseases. Its research is aimed at identifying protective mechanisms invoked by caloric restriction and evaluating the consequences of dietary interventions for lifespan, pathology, and behavioral function, and balances the exploration of in vivo rodent as well as in vitro paradigms of caloric restriction. Dr. de Cabo is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Gerontology Biological Sciences. He received his B.S. and M.S. from the University of Cordoba, Spain, and his Ph.D. from the Department of Foods and Nutrition, Purdue University. Upon completing his graduate education, he received a postdoctoral position in the Laboratory of Neurosciences at the National Institute on Aging.
Sharon M. Donovan, Ph.D., R.D., is Melissa M. Noel Endowed Chair in Nutrition and Health, professor, and interim director, Illinois Transdisciplinary Obesity Prevention Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is actively involved in her professional societies, having served as 2011-2012 president of the American Society for Nutrition and currently serving as president-elect of the International Society of Research on Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML). Her laboratory conducts basic
and translational research in pediatric nutrition, currently focusing on optimizing the intestinal and cognitive development of neonates, development of the gut microbiome, and prevention of childhood obesity and picky eating in children. Dr. Donovan has published numerous peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and has garnered substantial research and training grant funding from governmental, private, and nonprofit organizations. She has received several awards in recognition of her research, including the Mead Johnson and Norman A. Kretchmer Awards from the American Society of Nutrition and the Erhlich-Kodovsky Young Investigator Award from ISRHML. She currently serves on the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and the Food Advisory Committee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. Dr. Donovan received her B.S. and Ph.D. in nutrition from the University of California, Davis. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric endocrinology at Stanford University School of Medicine, after which she accepted a faculty position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Johanna Dwyer, D.Sc., R.D., is a senior nutrition scientist in the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) and professor of medicine and community health at the Medical School and Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University. She is also senior scientist at the Jean Mayer U.S. Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. At ODS her work involves the development of a Dietary Supplement Ingredient Database providing analytically substantiated values for key ingredients in dietary supplements, and the Dietary Supplement Label Database, a database of virtually all dietary supplements sold in the United States. Dr. Dwyer is involved in activities aimed at understanding motivations for and use of dietary supplements in Americans. She is the author or co-author of numerous publications on topics including preventing diet-related disease in children and adolescents, maximizing quality of life and health in the elderly, vegetarian and other alternative lifestyles, and dietary supplements. In addition to her work as a scholar and clinician, her interests in public nutrition policy have led to extensive involvement and assignments in Washington, DC. She was a member of the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine from 1990 to 2002 and has been active in a number of professional associations. Dr. Dwyer received her D.Sc. and M.Sc. from the Harvard School of Public Health and an M.S. from the University of Wisconsin, and completed her undergraduate degree with distinction at Cornell University. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and has served on its Council.
Luigi Ferrucci, M.D., Ph.D., is scientific director of the the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging (NIA). He is a geriatrician and epidemiologist who conducts research on the causal pathways leading to progressive physical and cognitive decline in older persons. Dr. Ferrucci was named chief of NIA’s Longitudinal Studies Section in 2002 and from 2002 to 2014 was director of the Baltimore Longitudinal Study on Aging. Between 1985 and 2002 he was chief of geriatric rehabilitation at the Department of Geriatric Medicine and director of the Laboratory of Clinical Epidemiology at the Italian National Institute of Aging. During the same period, he collaborated with the U.S. NIA. Dr. Ferrucci has made major contributions to the design of many aging-related epidemiological studies conducted in both the United States and Europe. He has redesigned the Baltimore Longitudinal Study on Aging to retain the wealth of data collected over more than 50 years while introducing new questions on the nature of aging that have emerged in the recent literature. Dr. Ferrucci received an M.D. and a Ph.D. in the biology and pathophysiology of aging at the University of Florence, Italy.
Roger A. Fielding, Ph.D., is director and senior scientist of the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, and Sarcopenia Laboratory at the Jean Mayer U.S. Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Tufts University. He is also professor of nutrition at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and professor of medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. Currently, he serves as associate director of the Boston Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center. Dr. Fielding is an internationally known researcher who studies the underlying mechanisms contributing to the age-associated decline in skeletal muscle mass; the resultant impact on function; and the potential role of exercise, nutrition, and physical activity in attenuating this process. He has extensive experience in the conduct of randomized controlled trials of exercise, nutrition, and pharmacological therapies in older adults. Dr. Fielding has a strong record of extramural funding from both public- and private-sector organizations. He also serves as associate editor of the Journal of Gerontology Medical Sciences and of Calcified Tissue International and Musculoskeletal Research.
Tamara B. Harris, M.D., M.S., is senior investigator and chief of the Interdisciplinary Studies of Aging Section, Laboratory of Epidemiology and Population Sciences, National Institute on Aging (NIA). From Harvard, she joined the Office of Analysis and Epidemiology at the National Center for Health Statistics. She moved to NIA in 1991. Dr. Harris received her M.D. degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She trained in internal medicine at Montefiore Hospital, Bronx, New York, and in geriatric medicine at Harvard University, Division on Aging, where she was a Kaiser
Fellow in Geriatric Medicine. She also obtained an M.S. in epidemiology from Harvard School of Public Health and has an M.S. in human nutrition from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Gordon L. Jensen, Ph.D., M.D., is senior associate dean for research and professor of medicine and nutrition at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine. His research interests focus largely on geriatric nutrition concerns. His team has emphasized the development and testing of nutrition screening and assessment tools in relation to specific functional and health care resource outcomes for older persons, with a particular focus on the impact of obesity on these outcomes. Dr. Jensen is past president of the American Society for Nutrition, past president of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), and a current member of ASPEN’s Foundation Board. He is also past chair of the Association of Nutrition Programs and Departments. He has served on advisory panels, study sections, or work groups for the National Institutes of Health, the American Dietetic Association, and the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Dr. Jensen received a Ph.D. in nutritional biochemistry from Cornell University and an M.D. from Cornell University Medical College.
Mary Ann Johnson, Ph.D., is Bill and June Flatt Professor in Foods and Nutrition at the College of Family and Consumer Sciences and interim director of the Institute of Gerontology at the College of Public Health, University of Georgia. She conducts research and outreach programs for older people to improve dietary habits, physical activity, and self-management of chronic diseases, and also studies centenarians. Through state and federal grants, Dr. Johnson and her staff provide nutrition, physical activity, wellness, and chronic disease self-management programs in communities. She serves on the board of directors of the Athens Community Council on Aging and also collaborates with faith-based organizations. She frequently speaks about aging, nutrition, and obesity at local, state, national, and international events. As part of the American Society for Nutrition’s presidential line, Dr. Johnson will serve as the society’s president in 2017-2018, previously having served the organization in several capacities. She is also a member of the Institute of Food Technologists and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Dr. Johnson received her B.A. in chemistry from the University of Northern Iowa and her Ph.D. in nutritional sciences from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Janet C. King, Ph.D., is a senior scientist at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI). She also is a professor of nutrition at the University of California, Berkeley, and Davis. Dr. King is recognized in-
ternationally for her research in maternal nutrition and human zinc requirements. She has published more than 250 papers and trained more than 65 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. She is the recipient of the International Underwood Award for Outstanding Research in Trace Elements, the W.O. Atwater award for distinguished nutrition research, and the Conrad Elvehjem award for public service in nutrition. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Research Hall of Fame. Dr. King has been involved in implementing national and international nutrition policy throughout her career: she chaired the 2005 U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and initiated the Dietary Reference Intake process as chair of the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Prior to moving to CHORI in 2003, Dr. King directed the USDA Western Human Nutrition Research Center at the University of California, Davis (1995-2002), and chaired the Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of California, Berkeley (1988-1994), where she had served on the faculty since 1974.
Penny Kris-Etherton, Ph.D., R.D.N., is distinguished professor of nutrition in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University, where she has been on the faculty since 1979. Her research expertise is in cardiovascular nutrition. She conducts controlled clinical nutrition studies designed to evaluate the effects of nutrients, bioactives, and dietary patterns on risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Dr. Kris-Etherton has served on national committees in the United States that have issued dietary guidelines as well as guidelines for the control of blood cholesterol levels. Presently, she is vice-chair of the American Heart Association (AHA) Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health and past chair of the AHA Nutrition Committee. Dr. Kris-Etherton is a fellow of AHA, the National Lipid Association (for which she served as president), and the American Society for Nutrition. She is the recipient of many awards in the field of nutrition and has published more than 330 papers in the peer-reviewed literature.
Catherine Kwik-Uribe, Ph.D., is global director of Applied Scientific Research and Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, Mars Symbioscience, a division of Mars, Inc., where she currently is responsible for managing scientific affairs and regulatory compliance. As part of her work at Mars, Dr. Kwik-Uribe has been actively involved in research on the unique role of bioactives in foods in supporting and optimizing health, with a particular focus on the bioactives in cocoa, known as cocoa flavanols. This global research program on cocoa flavanols has taken a multidisciplinary research approach to understanding the potential role of these compounds in supporting human health, with the research spanning from the development of validated
analytical methods to human dietary invention trials. Dr. Kwik-Uribe also lends her expertise to Mars, Inc., on scientific issues related to human nutrition, health, and well-being. Since joining the company in 2002, she has remained actively engaged in research, having co-authored numerous papers and book chapters. Dr. Kwik-Uribe received her doctorate degree in human nutrition from the University of California, Davis, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in the Department of Toxicology.
Douglas “Duffy” MacKay, N.D., is senior vice president, scientific and regulatory affairs for the Council for Responsible Nutrition, where he oversees the Science and Regulatory Affairs Department, ensuring that the association’s scientific, policy, and legislative positions are based on credible scientific rationale. His expertise combines practical knowledge of industry regulation and scientific product development with hands-on experience as a medical practitioner. Dr. MacKay is a licensed naturopathic doctor who still sees patients on a part-time basis in an integrative medical practice; he previously was owner and practitioner in a complementary and alternative medicine private practice. He serves on the Advisory Board for the American Botanical Council, the National Science Foundation’s International Joint Committee on Dietary Supplements, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology/National Institutes of Health Dietary Supplement Laboratory Quality Assurance Program. Dr. MacKay is also on the editorial board of three peer-reviewed publications: the official publication of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Natural Medicine Journal; Integrative Medicine, a clinicians’ journal; and Current Topics in Nutraceutical Research. He is also chair of the Steering Committee for the Standardized Information on Dietary Ingredients Work Group. Dr. MacKay earned his degree in marine biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and his N.D. from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon.
Jennifer H. Madans, Ph.D., is associate director for science at the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), where she is responsible for the overall plan for and development of data collection and analysis programs. Since joining NCHS, she has concentrated her research efforts on data collection methodology, measurement of health and functioning, and health services research. She has directed two national longitudinal studies, as well as the redesign of the National Health Interview Survey questionnaire. Dr. Madans was one of the designers of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Survey Integration Plan. She is a founding member and chair of the steering committees for three initiatives aimed at developing internationally comparable measures of disability and health. She has also
served as an adjunct associate professor in the Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Georgetown University School of Medicine, and in the Department of Demography at Georgetown. She is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute and served as a vice president of the International Association of Official Statistics. Dr. Madans received her B.A. from Bard College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale University.
Simin Nikbin Meydani, D.V.M., Ph.D., has served as director of the Jean Mayer U.S. Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University since 2009 and is currently transitioning to the position of vice provost for research at Tufts University. She is professor of nutrition and immunology at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and the Tufts Sackler Graduate Program in Immunology. Dr. Meydani’s scientific interests include the impact of nutrition on the aging process and age-associated diseases, the role of nutrition in immune and inflammatory responses, and predisposition to infectious diseases in developed and less developed countries. She is an internationally recognized scholar with more than 300 publications and has received numerous honors and awards. Her research is multidisciplinary and extends from cell and molecular to animal and clinical investigations. She has served as president of the American Society for Nutrition and the American Aging Association. She has also served the academic, government, and corporate communities as a member of a number of expert panels and boards, and has been a member of the editorial boards of several journals and chair of multiple summer conferences and other international meetings. Dr. Meydani holds a D.V.M. (Tehran University), an M.S. in nutrition (Colorado State University), and a Ph.D. in nutrition (Iowa State University).
Timothy A. Morck, Ph.D., is president and founder of Spectrum Nutrition LLC, a firm that provides expertise in nutrition-related basic/clinical research, product development, regulatory and public policy, and global scientific affairs. Dr. Morck’s career includes clinical nutrition practice, research, and medical school faculty appointments; scientific association management; entrepreneurial personalized nutrition start-ups; and executive and senior management positions at several global nutrition and pharmaceutical companies. His unique multidisciplinary perspective integrates science and business objectives with a passion for personalized approaches to improving health. Dr. Morck received a B.S. in animal science from The Pennsylvania State University, followed by M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in nutrition (biochemistry and physiology minors) from Cornell University.
Athena Papas, D.M.D., Ph.D., is distinguished Erling Johansen professor of dental research and head of the Division of Oral Medicine at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. With expertise in the oral health care of the elderly and medically compromised, Sjögrens, cancer, and bone marrow transplant patients, Dr. Papas has been the principal investigator of more than 100 clinical trials. She co-authored a textbook titled Nutrition in Clinical Dentistry, and has conducted research on the interrelationship between nutrition and oral health in an aging population with the Tufts U.S. Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Center on Aging. Dr. Papas was selected as the 2009 recipient of the International Association of Dental Research’s Pharmacology/Therapeutics/Toxicology (PTT) Distinguished Scientist Award and has been the president of PTT. She has also received the Gavel and Pierre Fauchard awards and is a life fellow of the American College of Dentists. She received her dental degree from Harvard and her Ph.D. in oral biology from the Nutrition Department at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She completed a predoctoral fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and a postdoctoral fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Nancy Rawson, Ph.D., M.Sc., is associate director and associate member at the Monell Center, where she is responsible for managing corporate relationships and supporting strategy development and intellectual property management. As an associate member, she also conducts research in taste and olfactory cell biology. Dr. Rawson began her professional career as a nutritionist at Campbell Soup Company, providing nutrition guidance to product development and marketing teams and working with external researchers studying interactions between diet and health. She served as chief scientific officer at WellGen, Inc., directing research and development of therapeutic anti-inflammatory and antioxidant ingredients for the medical foods market. She then moved to AFB International, a global ingredient company serving the pet food industry, to build and lead the Basic Research and Innovation Teams. Dr. Rawson has held many advisory and teaching positions and has published more than 65 peer-reviewed research articles, reviews, and book chapters. She received her Ph.D. in biology at the University of Pennsylvania and holds an M.Sc. in nutrition from the University of Massachusetts and a B.Sc. from Fairfield University.
David B. Reuben, M.D., is director, Multicampus Program in Geriatrics Medicine and Gerontology, and chief, Division of Geriatrics, at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Center for Health Sciences. He is Archstone Foundation chair and professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care program. Dr. Reuben is a past president of the American Geriatrics Society and former board chair, American Board of Internal Medicine. In
2012, he received one of the first Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation Innovation Challenge Awards to develop a model program for providing comprehensive, coordinated care for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. In 2014, Dr. Reuben was one of three principal investigators to be awarded a multicenter clinical trial by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and the National Institute on Aging focused on reducing serious fall-related injuries—the largest grant PCORI has awarded. He also leads a grant aimed at determining and measuring patient and caregiver goals in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. In addition to his leadership in geriatrics, Dr. Reuben continues to provide primary care for frail older persons, including making house calls.
Sharon Ross, Ph.D., M.P.H., is a program director in the Nutritional Science Research Group, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health. In this capacity, she is responsible for directing, coordinating, and managing a multidisciplinary research grant portfolio in diet, nutrition, and cancer prevention. Prior to joining NCI, Dr. Ross worked at the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where she was involved in scientific review and regulation development for health claim labeling. Previously, she was a cancer prevention fellow in the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, NCI. Dr. Ross holds a B.S. in nutrition and dietetics from the University of New Hampshire, an M.S. in nutritional sciences from the University of Connecticut, an M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with an emphasis in epidemiology, and a Ph.D. in nutritional sciences from the University of Maryland. She did her doctoral dissertation research in the Laboratory of Cellular Carcinogenesis and Tumor Promotion at NCI, focusing on the effects of retinoids in growth, differentiation, and cell adhesion.
Pamela Starke-Reed, Ph.D., is deputy administrator for nutrition, food safety, and quality at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS). Prior to joining ARS in 2014, she was deputy director of the Division of Nutrition Research Coordination, National Institutes of Health (NIH), advising the NIH director and others on nutrition research issues and coordinating nutrition research and research training initiatives. Since 1991, she has served as adjunct professor with the George Washington University Medical Center. Dr. Starke-Reed is well known throughout the human nutrition community for her efforts at NIH to link research on nutritional sciences and physical activity to better understand how the quality of diet and physical activity contribute to health and disease/obesity. As part of that effort, she was co-chair of the Subcommittee on Dietary Reference Intakes of the Interagency Committee on Human Nutrition Research
(ICHNR), and she became co-executive secretary for ICHNR in 2014. She also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry and as associate editor for Nutrition Reviews. She earned her B.S. in biology at St. Lawrence University and her Ph.D. in pathology at Hahnemann University.
Eve Stoody, Ph.D., is lead nutritionist of nutrition guidance for the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). CNPP works to improve the health and well-being of Americans by developing and promoting dietary guidance that links scientific research to the nutrition needs of consumers. One of Dr. Stoody’s primary assignments is to support the revision process for the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. She assisted the 2010 and 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committees throughout their deliberations, helped write the policy document for the 2010-2015 guidelines, and played a lead role in the development of the 2015-2020 guidelines. Dr. Stoody’s team is also conducting foundational work to inform future dietary guidance for children from birth to 24 months and pregnant women. Prior to her current role at CNPP, she was a lead analyst for USDA’s Nutrition Evidence Library, where she served as project manager for the Dietary Patterns Systematic Review Project. She was also a fellow at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Dr. Stoody received her B.S. in biology with a minor in nutrition from Texas Christian University and her Ph.D. in nutrition from Texas Woman’s University.
Regina L. Tan, D.V.M., M.S., D.A.C.V.P.M., is director of the Office of Food Safety, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. She brings to this position more than 15 years of public health experience in preventive medicine, epidemiology, and systems analysis. Dr. Tan began her career as a Commissioned Corps officer in the U.S. Public Health Service and worked with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), first as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer and then as a preventive medicine fellow. She joined the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) as a veterinary epidemiologist in 2003. In 2005, she rejoined the CDC as a liaison with the Armed Forces Medical Intelligence Center, and in 2006 she joined The MITRE Corporation, where her management of a team of engineers was essential to developing innovative data architecture research and development across the federal government. She returned to FSIS in 2011 as director of the Applied Epidemiology Staff, and took over the Recall Management and Technical Analysis Division in 2013. Dr. Tan has led or served on numerous public health advisory committees, interagency teams, and working groups pertaining to threats to public health. She earned her D.V.M. and M.S. from Purdue University and her B.S. in biology from the
University of Maryland. She is also a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.
Connie Weaver, Ph.D., is distinguished professor and head of the Department of Nutrition Science at Purdue University. In 2015 she was appointed as a member to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Science Advisory Board. In 2014, she was appointed to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Advisory Committee on Research on Women’s Health. As founder and director of the Women’s Global Health Institute at Purdue University, she oversees the mission of improving the health of women globally through research and training by proactively identifying the causes and prevention of diseases related to women. In 2008, Dr. Weaver became deputy director of the NIH-funded Indiana Clinical and Translational Science Institute. From 2000 to 2010, she was director of the NIH Purdue–University of Alabama–Birmingham Botanical Research Center, studying dietary supplements containing polyphenolics for age-related diseases. Dr. Weaver’s research interests include mineral bioavailability, calcium metabolism, and bone health. She is past president of the American Society for Nutritional Sciences. She sits on several boards, has received multiple honors and awards, and has published numerous research articles. Dr. Weaver received a B.S. and an M.S. in food science and human nutrition from Oregon State University and a Ph.D. in food science and human nutrition from Florida State University. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.