Professor, Distinguished Professor and Regents Professor, University Faculty Fellow, & William W. Allen Endowed Chair in Nutrition
Office: Kleberg Center, Rm 213
Dr. Joanne R. Lupton is a Distinguished Professor, Regents Professor, University Faculty Fellow and holder of the William W. Allen Endowed Chair in Nutrition at Texas A&M University. Until 2008 she was the Team Leader for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute’s Nutrition, Physical Fitness and Rehabilitation Team, which aims to optimize function and the health of astronauts through nutrition and physical activity. Her research expertise is on the effect of diet on the gastrointestinal tract with a primary focus on fat, fiber and colon cancer. Her NSBRl project addresses a fat/fiber countermeasure to radiation-enhanced colon cancer. She is Principal Investigator for the PhD training Grant in Space Life Sciences. Dr. Lupton has also reviewed grants for NASA, is the U.S. nutrition representative for the International Artificial Gravity Project, was an external advisor in formulating the nutrition standards for space flight for NASA, and is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics.
Dr. Lupton is past-president of the American Society for Nutrition (ASN). She was a member of the 2005 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and chaired the Dietary Reference Intake (DRl) Committee to determine values for macronutrients (Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences). She also chaired the DRl Committee to determine the definition of dietary fiber and has since consulted to South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and China on setting up their DRl values and their definitions of dietary fiber. Because of her contributions to the National Academy of Sciences, she was made a Lifetime Associate in 2002. She was a Visiting Scholar at the Food and Drug Administration during 2003, where she helped develop their evidence-based system to evaluate health claims. She served five years on the Nutrition Study Section for the National Institutes of Health. From 1995 to 2005, she was an Associate Editor of The Journal of Nutrition.
Dr. Lupton has mentored more than 50 graduate students and received the ASNS/Dannon Institute Mentoring Award. She was the Founding Chair of the Nutrition Faculty at Texas A&M University. She has also received the Award in Excellence from Texas A&M University for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the Association of Former Students of Texas A&M University Distinguished Teaching Award and the USDA National Award for Teaching, Southern Region. She received the Vice Chancellor's Award for Research from Texas A&M, and in 2007 received the Distinguished Achievement Award for Research at Texas A&M. Her undergraduate degree is from Mt. Holyoke College and her Ph.D. in Nutrition is from the University of California, Davis.