Simin Nikbin Meydani, D.V.M, Ph.D.
Vice Provost of Research, Tufts University, U.S.
Dr. Simin Nikbin Meydani was appointed Vice Provost of Research at Tufts University in August 2016 after having served as the Director of the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University since 2009. She is professor of nutrition and immunology at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and the Tufts Sackler Graduate Program in Immunology. Dr. Meydani’s scientific interests include the impact of nutrition on the aging process and age-associated diseases, the role of nutrition on immune and inflammatory responses and predisposition to infectious diseases in developed and less developed countries. She is an internationally recognized scholar with more than 300 publications and continuous USDA, NIH, industry and foundation funding. Her research is multidisciplinary and expands from cell and molecular to animal and clinical investigations. 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; International HERMES Vitamin Research Award; She was the President of the American Society for Nutrition (June 2014-June 2015) and President of the American Aging Association (2005-2006). She has served the academic, government and corporate communities 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; member of NIH-funded Consortium Lipid Maps Scientific Advisory Committee, NIA Primate Calorie Restriction Project Advisory Board; member of the ILSI North America Board of Trustees, of the editorial boards of several journals; chair of several national and international meetings. Dr. Meydani holds a D.V.M. (Tehran University), an M.S. in Nutrition (Colorado State University) and a Ph.D. in Nutrition (Iowa State University).