Simin Nikbin Meydani, D.V.M., Ph.D.

Laboratory Director
Senior Scientist
Nutritional Immunology Laboratory
Phone: (617) 556-3129
Fax: (617) 556-3224



D.V.M., University of Tehran, Iran
Ph.D., Nutrition, Iowa State University

Research Focus
Nutrition, lifestyle and prevention of age-related diseases and disabilities with particular focus on immune and inflammatory diseases.

Academic Appointments
Professor, Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University
Professor, Immunology, Tufts University Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences

Selected Professional Affiliations
American Society of Nutrition, Past President and Board Member
American Aging Association, Past President and Board Member
International Life Sciences Institute, Board of Trustees

Select Publications
Barnett JB, Dao MC, Hamer DH, Kandel R, Brandeis G, Wu D, Dallal GE, Jacques PF, Schreiber R, Kong E, Meydani SN. Effect of zinc supplementation on serum zinc concentration and T cell proliferation in nursing home elderly: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2016 Jan 27 (Epub ahead of print; DOI: 10.3945/ajcn.115.115188); 2016, 103: 942-951.

Ravussin, E, Redman, LM, Rochon, J, Das, SK, Fontana,  L, Kraus, WE, Romashkan, S, Williamson, DA, Meydani, SN, Villareal, DT, Smith, SR, Stein, RI, Scott, TM, Stewart, TM, Saltzman, E, Klein, S, Bhapkar, M, Martin, CK, Gilhooly, CH, Holloszy, JO, Hadley, EC, Roberts, SB for the CALERIE Study Group.  A two-year randomized controlled trial of human caloric restriction: feasibility and effects on predictors of health span and longevity, Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, 2015, Jul 17. pii: glv057. [Epub ahead of print].

Bou Ghanem EN, Clark S, Du X, Wu D, Camilli A, Leong JM, Meydani SN. The alpha-tocopherol form of vitamin E reverses age-associated susceptibility to Streptococcus pneumoniae lung infection by modulating pulmonary neutrophil recruitment. J Immunol, 2015, 194(3): 1090-9. PMID: 25512603. *Equal contributors

Rozati M, Barnett J, Wu D, Handelman G, Saltzman E, Wilson T, Li L, Wang J, Marcos A, Ordovas JM, Lee Y-C, Meydani M, Meydani SN. Cardio-metabolic and immunological impacts of extra virgin olive oil consumption in overweight and obese older adults: a randomized controlled trial. Nutrition & Metabolism, 2015, 12:28. DOI 10.1186/s12986-015-0022-5

Meydani SN, Leka LS, Fine BC, Dallal GE, Keusch GT, Singh MF, Hamer DH. Vitamin E and respiratory infections among elderly nursing home residents: a randomized controlled trial. JAMA, 292:828-836, 2004.

All Publications (Pub Med)