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Catharine Ross

TitleProfessor of Nutritional Sciences, Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair
InstitutionCollege of Health and Human Development
DepartmentNutritional Sciences
Address204 Chandlee Lab
University Park, PA 16802
Other Positions
InstitutionHuck Institutes of the Life Sciences


Professor of Nutritional Sciences
Occupant of Dorthy Foehr Huck Chair


Ph.D., Cornell University, 1976


Dr. Ross' research focuses on Vitamin A/retinoid metabolism, hepatic retinoid function and gene expression, Vitamin A in infection and immunity, and Vitamin A and lung development in the neonatal period.

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  1. Ross AC. Vitamin A and retinoic acid in T cell-related immunity. Am J Clin Nutr. 2012 Nov; 96(5):1166S-72S.
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  2. Ross AC. Use of laboratory studies for the design, explanation, and validation of human micronutrient intervention studies. J Nutr. 2012 Jan; 142(1):157S-60S.
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  3. Ross AC, Zolfaghari R. Cytochrome P450s in the regulation of cellular retinoic acid metabolism. Annu Rev Nutr. 2011 Aug 21; 31:65-87.
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  4. Ross AC, Manson JE, Abrams SA, Aloia JF, Brannon PM, Clinton SK, Durazo-Arvizu RA, Gallagher JC, Gallo RL, Jones G, Kovacs CS, Mayne ST, Rosen CJ, Shapses SA. The 2011 report on dietary reference intakes for calcium and vitamin D from the Institute of Medicine: what clinicians need to know. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2011 Jan; 96(1):53-8.
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  5. Ross AC, Cifelli CJ, Zolfaghari R, Li NQ. Multiple cytochrome P-450 genes are concomitantly regulated by vitamin A under steady-state conditions and by retinoic acid during hepatic first-pass metabolism. Physiol Genomics. 2011 Jan 7; 43(1):57-67.
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  6. Ross AC, Chen Q, Ma Y. Augmentation of antibody responses by retinoic acid and costimulatory molecules. Semin Immunol. 2009 Feb; 21(1):42-50.
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  7. Ross AC, Li NQ. Retinol combined with retinoic acid increases retinol uptake and esterification in the lungs of young adult rats when delivered by the intramuscular as well as oral routes. J Nutr. 2007 Nov; 137(11):2371-6.
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  8. Ross AC, Li NQ. Lung retinyl ester is low in young adult rats fed a vitamin A deficient diet after weaning, despite neonatal vitamin A supplementation and maintenance of normal plasma retinol. J Nutr. 2007 Oct; 137(10):2213-8.
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  9. Ross AC, Li NQ, Wu L. The components of VARA, a nutrient-metabolite combination of vitamin A and retinoic acid, act efficiently together and separately to increase retinyl esters in the lungs of neonatal rats. J Nutr. 2006 Nov; 136(11):2803-7.
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  10. Ross AC, Ambalavanan N, Zolfaghari R, Li NQ. Vitamin A combined with retinoic acid increases retinol uptake and lung retinyl ester formation in a synergistic manner in neonatal rats. J Lipid Res. 2006 Aug; 47(8):1844-51.
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  11. Ross AC, Pasatiempo AM, Green MH. Chylomicron margination, lipolysis, and vitamin a uptake in the lactating rat mammary gland: implications for milk retinoid content. Exp Biol Med (Maywood). 2004 Jan; 229(1):46-55.
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  12. Ross AC, Zolfaghari R. Regulation of hepatic retinol metabolism: perspectives from studies on vitamin A status. J Nutr. 2004 Jan; 134(1):269S-275S.
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  13. Ross AC. Advances in retinoid research: mechanisms of cancer chemoprevention symposium introduction. J Nutr. 2003 Jan; 133(1):271S-272S.
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  14. Ross AC. Retinoid production and catabolism: role of diet in regulating retinol esterification and retinoic Acid oxidation. J Nutr. 2003 Jan; 133(1):291S-296S.
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