- Department Head
- Distinguished Professor of Animal Nutrition
324 Henning Building
Ph.D., Animal Science, University of Minnesota, 1978
M.S., Animal Science, University of Illinois, 1974
B.S., Ag. Science, University of Illinois, 1971
1978-1979: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Medicine, Stanford University
1979-1983: Assistant Professor of Animal Nutrition, Department of Dairy
and Animal Science, Penn State University
1983-1987: Associate Professor of Animal Nutrition, Department of Dairy
and Animal Science, Penn State University
1987-1996: Professor of Animal Nutrition, Department of Dairy and Animal Science, Penn State University
1996-present: Distinguished Professor of Animal Nutrition, Department
of Dairy and Animal Science, Penn State University
1998-2012: Department Head, Department of Dairy and Animal Science, Penn State University
- 2012-present: Department Head, Department of Animal Science, Penn State University
Animal Nutrition 501, Energy Metabolism (1979-1986)
Nutrition 501, Energy Metabolism (1987-1991)
Nutrition 581, Metabolic Regulation (1992-1998)
Animal Industries/ Animal Science 514, Animal Growth and Development (1980-1998)
Animal Science 300, Integrated Animal Biology(1990-1998; 2005, 2006)
- Animal Science 110S, Contemporary Issues in Animal Biotechnology and Society (2011-present)
Member: Graduate programs in Animal Science and Nutritional Sciences
Membership in Professional Societies
American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society for Nutrition, American Dairy Science Association
Awards and Honors
1984: Invited Visiting Fellow of The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinshaft
(German Research Society) at the Univ. of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, F.R.G.
1986: Recipient of the Northeast American Society of Animal
Science/American Dairy Science Association Young Scientist Award.
1988: Recipient of Gamma Sigma Delta Research Award of Merit, College
of Agriculture, The Pennsylvania State University.
1990: Recipient of Hoffmann-LaRoche Animal Growth and Development
Research Award, American Society of Animal Science. Award recognizes
distinguished research accomplishments in growth biology.
1991: Recipient of The University Faculty Scholar Medal in Life and
Health Sciences from Penn State University. The award is the highest
honor given by Penn State to recognize excellence in research.
1992: Wise and Helen Burroughs Lecturer, Iowa State University.
1993: Mary Shorb Lecturer, The University of Maryland.
1993: Recipient of Alex and Jessie C. Black Award for Excellence in
Research, College of Agricultural Sciences, The Pennsylvania State
1996: Awarded title of Distinguished Professor of Animal Nutrition,
College of Agricultural Sciences, Penn State University.
2004: 87th Little International Dedicatee, Penn State Block and Bridle Club.
2004: Service Award, Penn State Dairymen’s Club.
2008: Booster Award, Penn State Stockmen's Club.
1982-1984: Editorial Board, Journal of Animal Science.
1984-1987: Section Editor, Growth and Development Biology, J. Animal Science.
1986: Consultant to National Research Council Committee on
Technological Options to Improve the Nutritional Attributes of Animal
1986-1987: Sabbatical leave, Children's Hospital/University of
California-SanFrancisco. Studied regulation of insulin-like growth
factor-I gene expression.
1987-1988: Chairman, Biennial Growth Symposium Planning Committee, American Society of Animal Science.
1988: Editor, Biennial Symposium IV on Current Concepts of Animal Growth, J. Anim. Sci. 66(Suppl. 3).
1989-1990: Member, Office of Technology Animal Biotechnology Panel on
"Emerging Agricultural Technology: Issues for the 1990's", Office of
Technology Assessment, Congress of the United States.
1989-1994: Chairman, Subcommittee on the Effect of Metabolism Modifiers
on Nutrient Requirements of Food Producing Animals. National Research
Council, National Academy of Sciences.
1990-1992: Member, Editorial Board, Domestic Animal Endocrinology.
1995-1998: Member, Editorial Board, American Journal of Physiology.
1994-present: Member, Board of Scientific Advisors, American Council on Science and Health.
1996-2008: Member, Expert Panel on Biotechnology, International Food Information Council.
1998-2001: Member, Editorial Board, American Journal of Physiology.
1998-2001: Board member, American Society of Animal Science.
2001-2005: Co-Chair, Committee on Biotechnology, Federation of Animal Science Societies (FASS)
2002: Member, National Academy of Science Study on Health Effects of Genetically Engineered Foods
2003-2004: President, American Society of Animal Science
2005-2006: President, Federation of Animal Science Societies (FASS)
Donkin, S.S., A.D. McNall, B.S. Swenki, J.L. Peters and T.D. Etherton.
1996. The growth hormone-dependent decrease in hepatic fatty acid
synthase mRNA is the result of a decrease in gene transcription. J.
Mol. Endocrinol. 16:151-158.
Donkin, S.S., P. Y. Chiu, D. Yin, I. Louveau, B. Swenki, J. Vockroth,
C.M. Evock-Clover, J.L. Peters and T. D. Etherton. 1996. Porcine
somatotropin differentially down-regulates expression of the GLUT4 and
fatty acid synthase genes in pig adipose tissue. J. Nutr.
Mustad, V.A., J.L. Ellsworth, A.D. Cooper, P.M. Kris-Etherton and T.D.
Etherton. 1996. Dietary linoleic acid increases and palmitic acid
decreases hepatic LDL receptor protein and mRNA abundance in young
pigs. J. Lipid Res. 37:2310-2323.
Mustad, V.A., T. D. Etherton, A. D. Cooper, A. Mastro, T. A. Pearson
and P. M. Kris-Etherton. 1997. Reducing saturated fat intake is
associated with increased levels of LDL receptors on mononuclear cells
in healthy men and women. J. Lipid Res. 38:459-468.
Kris-Etherton, P.M., T.D. Etherton and S. Yu. 1997. Efficacy of
multiple dietary therapies in reducing cardiovascular disease risk
factors. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 65:560-561. (Editorial). Etherton, T.D.
1997. Growth hormone technology develops new twist. Nature
Biotechnology 15:1248 (Invited Analysis).
Yin, D., S.D. Clarke, J. Peters and T.D. Etherton. 1998.
Somatotropin-dependent decrease in fatty acid synthase mRNA abundance
in 3T3-F442A adipocytes is the result of a reduction in gene
transcription. Biochem. J. 331:815-820.
Etherton, T.D. and D.E. Bauman. 1998. Biology of somatotropin in growth
and lactation of domestic animals. Physiol. Rev. 78:745-761.
Yu-Poth, S, G. Zhao, T. Etherton, M. Naglak, S. Jonnalagadda and P.M.
Kris-Etherton. 1999. Effects of the National Cholesterol Education
Program's Step I and Step II dietary intervention programs on
cardiovascular disease risk factors: a meta-analysis. Am. J. Clin.
Etherton, T.D. 1999. Emerging strategies for enhancing growth: Is there
a biotechnology better than somatotropin? Domest. Anim. Endocrinol.
Kris-Etherton, P.M., S. Yu-Poth, J. Sabate, H.E. Ratcliffe, G. Zhao and
T.D. Etherton. 1999. Nuts and their bioactive constituents: effects on
serum lipids and other factors that affect disease risk. Am. J. Clin.
Nutr. 70(3 Suppl):504S-511S.
Etherton, T.D. 1999. Effets de la somatotrophine sur les parameters
zootechniques de croissance chez le porc (The effect of somatotropin on
growth and composition of pigs). Le M¨¦decin V¨¦t¨¦rinaire du Qu¨¦bec.
Kris-Etherton, P.M., T.A. Pearson, Y. Wan, R.L. Hargrove, K. Moriarty,
V. Fishell V, and T.D. Etherton. 1999. High-monounsaturated fatty acid
diets lower both plasma cholesterol and triacylglycerol concentrations.
Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 70:1009-1015.
Yu-Poth, S., T.D. Etherton, C.C. Reddy, T.A. Pearson, R. Reed, G. Zhao,
S. Jonnalagadda, Y. Wan, and P.M. Kris-Etherton. 2000. Lowering dietary
saturated fat and total fat reduces the oxidative susceptibility of LDL
in healthy men and women. J. Nutr. 130:2228-2237.
Etherton, T.D. 2000 The biology of somatotropin in adipose tissue growth and nutrient partitioning. J. Nutr. 130:2623-2625.
Yin, D.J., M.J. Griffin and T.D. Etherton. 2001. Analysis of the signal
pathways involved in the regulation of fatty acid synthase gene
expression by insulin and somatotropin. J. Anim. Sci. 79:1194-1200.
Yin, D., S.D. Clarke and T.D. Etherton. 2001. Transcriptional
regulation of fatty acid synthase gene by somatotropin in 3T3-F442A
adipocytes. J. Anim. Sci. 79:2336-2345.
Kris-Etherton, P.M., A.E. Binkoski, G. Zhao, S.M. Coval, K.F. Clemmer,
K.D. Hecker, H. Jacques and T.D. Etherton. 2002. Dietary fat: assessing
the evidence in support of a moderate fat diet; the benchmark based on
lipoprotein metabolism. Proc. Nutr. Soc. 61:287-298.
Kris-Etherton, P.M., T.D. Etherton, J. Carlson and C. Gardner. 2002.
Recent discoveries in inclusive food-based approaches and dietary
patterns for reduction in risk for cardiovascular disease. Curr. Opin.
Lipidol. 2002 13:397-407.
Kris-Etherton, P.M., K.D. Hecker, A. Bonanome, S.M. Coval, A.E.
Binkoski, K.F. Hilpert, A.E. Griel, and Etherton TD. 2002. Bioactive
compounds in foods: their role in the prevention of cardiovascular
disease and cancer. Am. J. Med. 113(Suppl 9B):71-88.
Etherton, T.D., D.E. Bauman, C.W. Beattie, R.D. Bremel, G.L. Cromwell,
V. Kapur, G. Varner, M.B. Wheeler, and M. Wiedmann. 2003. Biotechnology
in Animal Agriculture: An Overview. CAST (Council for Agricultural
Science and Technology) Issue Paper, No. 23.
Kris-Etherton, P.M. and T.D. Etherton. 2003. The impact of the changing
fatty acid profile of fats on diet assessment and health. J. Food Comp.
Yu-Poth, S., D. Yin, G. Zhao, P.M. Kris-Etherton, and T.D. Etherton.
2004. Conjugated linoleic acid upregulates LDL receptor gene expression
in HepG2 cells. J. Nutr. 134:68-71.
Etherton, T.D. 2004. Somatotropic function: The somatomedin hypothesis
revisited. J. Anim. Sci. 82(E. Suppl.):E239-E244.
Kris-Etherton, P.M., M. Lefevre, G.R. Beecher, M.D. Gross, C.L. Keen,
and T.D. Etherton. 2004. Bioactive compounds in nutrition and
health-research methodologies for establishing biological function: The
antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of flavonoids on
atherosclerosis. Annu. Rev. Nutr. 24:511-538.
Zhao G., T.D. Etherton, K.R. Martin, S.G. West, P.J. Gillies, and P.M.
Kris-Etherton. 2004. Dietary ¦Á-linolenic acid reduces inflammatory and
lipid cardiovascular risk factors in hypercholesterolemic men and
women. J. Nutr. 134:2291-2297.
Yu-Poth S., D. Yin, P.M. Kris-Etherton, G. Zhao, and T.D. Etherton.
2005. Long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid expression in fibroblasts
and HepG2 cells. J. Nutr. 135:2541-2545.
Zhao G., T.D. Etherton, K.R. Martin, J.P. Vanden Heuvel, P.J. Gillies,
S.G. West, and P.M. Kris-Etherton. 2005. Anti-inflammatory effects of
polyunsaturated fatty acids in THP-1 cells. Biochem. Biophys. Res.
Kris-Etherton, P.M., A.E. Griel, T.L. Psota, S.K. Gebauer, J. Zhang,
T.D. Etherton. 2005. Dietary stearic acid and risk of cardiovascular
disease: intake, sources, digestion, and absorption. Lipids
Zhao, G., T.D. Etherton, K.R. Martin, P.J. Gillies, S.G. West, and P.M.
Kris-Etherton. 2007. Dietary alpha-linolenic acid inhibits
proinflammatory cytokine production by peripheral blood mononuclear
cells in hypercholesterolemic subjects. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 85:385-391.
Vicini, J., T. Etherton, P. Kris-Etherton, J. Ballam, S. Denham, R. Staub, D.
Goldstein, R. Cady, M. McGrath, and M. Lucy. 2008. Survey of retail milk composition as affected by label claims regarding farm-management practices. J. Am. Diet. Assoc. 108:1198-1203.
Etherton, T.D. 2009. ASAS Centennial Paper: Animal growth and development research: Historical perspectives. J. Anim. Sci. 87:3060-3064.
Kris-Etherton, P.M., J.A. Grieger, and T.d. Etherton. 2009. Dietary reference intakes for DHA and EPA. Prostaglandins Leukot. Essent. Fatty Acids. 81:99-104.
Zhao, G. E.S. Ford, C. Li, P.M. Kris-Etherton, T.D. Etherton, and L.S. Balluz. 2010. Independent associations of serum concentrations of 25-hydroxyvitamin D and parathyroid hormone with blood pressure among U.S. adults. J. Hypertens. 28:1821-1828.