Current Research Projects • USDA-ARS: Immunity, Inflammation, and Nutrition in Aging • USDA-ARS: Immunity Affected by Diet and Obesity • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: Safe and effective delivery of supplemental iron to healthy volunteers
Biography Dr. Simin Meydani is Senior Scientist and Director of the Nutritional Immunology Laboratory at the HNRCA. She also served as Director of the HNRCA from 2009 until she was appointed Vice Provost for Research at Tufts University in 2016. Dr. Meydani’s scientific interests include the basic mechanisms of aging, impact of nutrition on the aging process and age associated diseases, role of nutrition on immune and inflammatory responses, and predisposition to infectious diseases in developed and less developed countries. She is a professor in the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and a Professor of Immunology in Tufts University Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences. Her honors include the American Aging Association Denham Harman Lifetime Research Achievement Award; American Society of Nutrition (ASN) Herman Award in clinical nutrition; ASN Lederle Award in Human Nutrition Research; Fellow of Hedwig van Amerigen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine; American College of Nutrition Grace Goldsmith Award; and International HERMES Vitamin Research Award. She is world-renowned scholar with more than 300 publications and is a reviewer for Nature, Journal of American Medical Association, and New England Journal of Medicine, among other journals. She is section editor for Aging Cell as well as an editorial board member for AGE Journal, Aging Cell, and Functional Food Reviews. Dr. Meydani has served as member of NIH Geriatric Rehabilitation Study Section, Aging Systems and Geriatrics Study Section, and Cellular Mechanism of Aging and Development Study Section; member of USDA Human Nutrient Requirements for Optimal Health Program Grant Review Panel; member of United Nations FAO/WHO Expert Panel on Nutritional Requirements of the Elderly; and Chair of several FASEB summer conferences and other international meetings.