Dr. Joanne R. Lupton, an expert on nutrition and diet, 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.
Lupton’s research expertise is on the effect of diet on the gastrointestinal tract with a primary focus on fat, fiber, and colon cancer. Her National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) project addresses a fat/fiber countermeasure to radiation-enhanced colon cancer. Until 2008, she led the NSBRI’s Nutrition, Physical Fitness and Rehabilitation Team, which aims to optimize the function and health of astronauts through nutrition and physical activity.
Lupton, who holds a Ph.D. in nutrition from the University of California Davis, is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics and is the U.S. nutrition representative for the International Artificial Gravity Project. She has reviewed grants for NASA and was an external advisor in formulating NASA’s nutrition standards for space flight.
A past president of the American Society for Nutrition (ASN), Lupton served as an associate editor of the Journal of Nutrition from 1995 to 2005. In recognition of her contributions to the National Academy of Sciences, she was made a lifetime associate in 2002. Lupton 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 also served five years on the Nutrition Study Section for the National Institutes of Health.
As a professor, 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, where she has received the Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the Association of Former Students of Texas A&M University Distinguished Teaching Award, the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Research, and the Distinguished Achievement Award for Research. She has also been honored with the USDA National Award for Teaching, Southern Region.