Gordon Jensen, MD, PhD is Professor and Head of Nutritional Sciences and Professor of Medicine at Penn State. Before coming to Penn State in 2007, Dr. Jensen served as Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Human Nutrition. He is board-certified in Nutrition and Internal Medicine and provides consultation for malnourished patients who require specialized feeding. Dr. Jensen is a past president of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and a past-chair of the Medical Nutrition Council of the American Society for Nutrition. He has served on advisory panels, study sections or work groups for the NIH, the American Dietetic Association, and the Food and Nutrition Board. He also has served on several editorial boards for leading nutrition journals and has authored more than 100 journal articles, reviews, and book chapters.
Dr. Jensen has mentored extensively at the undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels, and served as the primary mentor for two K-awards, 5 Master’s degrees, and 4 PhDs. Dr. Jensen has also directed a successful Nutrition Support Fellowship Program during which several physician trainees completed 1-2 years learning clinical nutrition and research. Under Dr. Jensen’s tutelage, elective nutrition support or research rotations have been completed by 75 undergraduates, medical students, and house officers as well as 20 gastroenterology fellows. An estimated 300 multidisciplinary trainees (dietitian, nurse, and pharmacist) have completed nutrition support training experiences as well.
Dr. Thiboutot is a tenured, endowed Professor in the Department of Dermatology and Director of Penn State’s Clinical and Translational Research Education Program. Prior to accepting this position, Dr. Thiboutot served as Associate Program Director of the CRC, Co-Director of Penn State’s MD/PhD program and Medical Director for Penn State’s K30 program. She has years of experience in administration and operation of these programs. Her NIH-funded laboratory focuses on translational studies investigating the mechanisms by which retinoids regulate cellular growth and human sebum production. She is actively involved in mentoring MD/PhD students, medical students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in her laboratory and within the university.
Dr. Thiboutot’s research career was fostered by excellent mentorship in a collaborative environment and funding through Dermatology Foundation fellowships, a K08 award and subsequently R01 awards. Dr. Thiboutot has recently completed her term on the ACTS study section of the NIH and continues to serve on an ad hoc basis. She is committed to fostering the next generation of clinical and translational researchers in her leadership position within the CTSI.