Jenifer Fenton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. Her research seeks to understand dietary patterns and nutrients in disease risk, particularly fatty acids.
Dr. Fenton obtained her M.S. from the University of Missouri and her Ph.D. from MSU. She also earned her MPH from the University of Michigan. Dr. Fenton is the chair of the undergraduate Nutritional Sciences curriculum committee at Michigan State University.
The Fenton Lab focuses on the following research areas: 1) understand how obesity modulates lipid metabolism and influences colon cancer risk, 2) understand the role of fatty acids in health and disease including the characterization of essential fatty acid deficiency in developing countries and the association with growth stunting and cognition, and 3) quantify the fatty acid profile of food sources.