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Christopher J. Cifelli

Christopher J. Cifelli, Ph.D.​

Senior Vice President
Nutrition Research
​National Dairy Council​

IMGC Team: Scientific Advisory Committee


Dr. Cifelli joined the IMGC Scientific Advisory Committee in 2022 and has participated in the IMGC Symposia for nearly a decade. He is the Senior Vice President of Nutrition Research at National Dairy Council (NDC). In this position, Dr. Cifelli leads the Nutrition Research program at NDC. Dr. Cifelli is responsible for establishing the strategic vision for the research program, which examines the role of dairy foods in healthy and sustainable eating patterns and the effect of dairy intake on key wellness territories. Dr. Cifelli obtained both his B.S. degree in Biology and his Ph.D. degree in Nutritional Sciences from the Pennsylvania State University, where his graduate work focused on understanding how vitamin A status and inflammation affected retinoic acid metabolism. Additionally, he utilized mathematical modeling to study the effects of retinoic acid supplementation on whole-body vitamin A kinetics. During his post-doctorate work at Penn State, he examined vitamin A kinetics, storage and disposal rates in adults from different ethnic backgrounds. Dr. Cifelli is active in several professional organizations. He currently serves as the Chair of the Nutrition Translation Research Interest Section of the American Society for Nutrition, is Chair of the Science and Translation Committee for the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics, and is Chair of the Gut Microbiome Committee of the Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Science. In addition, he has authored or co-authored over 35 peer-reviewed manuscripts, reviews and abstracts.