Kelly S. Swanson - Using Genomic Biology to Study Pet Aging



Kelly S. Swanson, PhD, Univ. of Illinois, Dept. of Animal Sciences, Div. of Nutritional Sciences

Dr. Kelly Swanson is the Kraft Heinz Company Endowed Professor in Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received a bachelor’s degree in animal and range sciences from North Dakota State University in 1997 and a master’s and doctorate degrees in nutritional sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1999 and 2002, respectively. His laboratory studies the effects of nutritional intervention on health outcomes, identifying mechanisms by which nutrients impact gene expression and host physiology, with primary emphasis on gastrointestinal health and obesity. His research addresses basic and applied target areas, including rodent models, dogs, cats, and humans. Over the past decade, Dr. Swanson has established an internationally recognized research pro­gram, highlighted by over $12 million in research support, over 100 invited lectures in 11 countries around the world, and over 150 peer-reviewed publications. He has received 12 research and teaching awards, including those from the American Society for Nutrition and the American Society of Animal Science. Thus far, Dr. Swanson has trained 26 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, hosted 14 international visiting scholars and mentored 26 undergraduate research projects. He teaches three nutrition courses annually to undergraduate, graduate and veterinary students, and has been elected 17 times to the “List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students.” Finally, Dr. Swanson serves on many committees at the departmental, college and campus levels, including being vice chair of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.

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