A. Catharine Ross

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Dr. A. Catharine Ross is the Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair and a Professor of Nutrition and Physiology at Penn State University.[1] She studies areas of nutritional science related to the vitamin A molecule.

Early life[edit]

Ross attended the University of California, Davis and majored in zoology, graduating in 1970.[2] She enrolled for one semester at the University of California, Berkeley, where she took an introductory course in nutrition from Doris Calloway which inspired her later career as a nutritionologist. She married Alex Ross, a photographer, in 1969.[2]

After graduating from the University of California, Davis, Ross enrolled at Cornell, where she completed her master's degree in nutritional science and PhD from the department of biochemistry.[2]


Ross studies the biosynthesis of vitamin A molecules,[3] and how vitamin A factors into the immune response.[2] For her research, Ross has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences.[3] Since 2004, she has been an editor of the Journal of Nutrition[2] and served two terms as a member of the Board of Food and Nutrition at the National Academy Institute of Medicine from 1997 to 2004.[2]

In 2013, Ross published the 11th edition of the textbook Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease.[4] Ross became a professor at Penn State University in 1997 and head of the nutritional sciences department in 2017.[5]

Ross has authored or coauthored 290 publications and has an h-index of 26.[6]


  1. ^ "A. Catharine Ross | Penn State College of Health and Human Development". hhd.psu.edu. Retrieved 2020-07-22.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Trivedi, B. (2005-09-26). "Profile of A. Catharine Ross". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 102 (40): 14139–14141. Bibcode:2005PNAS..10214139T. doi:10.1073/pnas.0506178102. ISSN 0027-8424. PMC 1242312. PMID 16186491.
  3. ^ a b "A. Catharine Ross". www.nasonline.org. Retrieved 2020-07-22.
  4. ^ "A. Catharine Ross edits new book 'Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease' | Penn State University". news.psu.edu. Retrieved 2020-07-22.
  5. ^ "Department of Nutritional Sciences announces new head | Penn State University". news.psu.edu. Retrieved 2020-07-22.
  6. ^ "A Catharine Ross | Semantic Scholar". www.semanticscholar.org. Retrieved 2020-07-25.