Ann L. Yaktine, Ph.D., R.D.
U.S. Food Nutrition Board, Institute of Medicine, Washington, D.C., U.S.
Ann L. Yaktine, Ph.D., M.S., R.D. is Director of the Food and Nutrition Board (FNB) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The FNB applies scientific knowledge to advise the nation on policies related to food, nutrition, and food safety, and their roles in health maintenance and disease prevention. In her role as Director, she is responsible for developing, implementing, and managing the board’s activities, as well as engaging FNB members in strategic planning to identify important and emerging issues in nutrition and food sciences, and food safety. Dr. Yaktine is a 2008 recipient of the Institute of Medicine’s Cecil Award. In 2009 she participated in the Korea-U.S. Symposium on the Science of Food Safety Assessment. She has published journal reports on nutrition and cancer, nutrients and contaminants in foods, and nutrition assistance programs. Dr. Yaktine is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the American Society for Nutrition. She holds a Master’s degree in nutrition from the University of Kansas and a Ph.D. in biochemistry and cancer biology from the Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer and Allied Diseases at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.