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Tom Brenna joined The University of Texas at Austin in 2017 as a professor of pediatrics, human nutrition and chemistry in the Dell Medical School and the College of Natural Sciences. He served for 28 years as a professor of human nutrition, food science and chemistry at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., where he is currently professor emeritus. He served as a member of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Panel for the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. He was president of the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL) and was a member of the WHO/FAO Expert Consultancy on Fats and Fatty Acids (2011). Brenna’s research focuses on fats and oils and fatty acids. His group’s basic research into the chemical, biochemical, metabolic, genetic and ecological aspects of fatty acids has had a decisive influence on modern knowledge of these key nutrients.

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Research Output 1984 2019

Dietary pattern regulates fatty acid desaturase 1 gene expression in Indian pregnant women to spare overall long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids levels

Joshi, K., Gadgil, M., Pandit, A., Otiv, S., Kothapalli, S. D. K. & Brenna, J. T., Feb 1 2019, In : Molecular Biology Reports. 46, 1, p. 687-693 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Fatty Acid Desaturases
Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Pregnant Women
Gene Expression
Birth Weight

Episodic Dietary DHA for Support of Tissue DHA

Brenna, J. T., Apr 1 2019, In : The Journal of nutrition. 149, 4, p. 547-548 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Erratum: Associations of plasma very-long-chain SFA and the metabolic syndrome in adults (British Journal of Nutrition DOI: 10.1017/S0007114518002106)

Zhao, J., Li, X., Li, X., Chu, Q., Zhou, Y., Li, Z., Zhang, H., Brenna, J. T., Song, Y. & Gao, Y., Jan 14 2019, In : British Journal of Nutrition. 121, 1, 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

Open Access

Glycerol derived process contaminants in refined coconut oil induce cholesterol synthesis in HepG2 cells

Liu, R., Cheng, M., Kothapalli, S. D. K., Wang, Z., Mendralla, E., Park, H. G., Block, R. C., Wang, X. & Brenna, J. T., May 1 2019, In : Food and Chemical Toxicology. 127, p. 135-142 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

coconut oil
Hep G2 Cells

High levels of branched chain fatty acids in nātto and other Asian fermented foods

Wang, D. H., Yang, Y., Wang, Z., Lawrence, P., Worobo, R. W. & Brenna, J. T., Jul 15 2019, In : Food Chemistry. 286, p. 428-433 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

branched chain fatty acids
fermented foods
Fatty Acids
dairy consumption