Robert J. Cousins

Eminent Scholar. Boston Family Professor of Nutrition. Director, Center for Nutritional Sciences. University of Florida. USA.


Robert J. Cousins is the Boston Family Professor of Nutrition and Eminent Scholar at the University of Florida. He has a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from the University of Connecticut and was a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Postdoctoral Fellow in Biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin. He has been President of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) and President of the American Society for Nutrition (ASN). He has received numerous awards including the Osborne and Mendel Award from ASN, the MERIT Award from NIH, the US Department of Agriculture Secretary’s Honor Award, the American College of Nutrition Research Award, the Bristol-Myers Squibb/Mead Johnson Award for Achievement in Biomedical (Nutrition) Research, the Dannon Institute Mentorship Award and the Distinguished Scientist Award of the International Society for Trace Element Research in Humans. He has served as Associate Editor of the Journal of Nutrition and Editor of the Annual Review of Nutrition. He was an Editor of the text Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease (10th and 11th Ed). He. He was elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences (US) and as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has trained over 75 doctoral students and postdoctoral associates. His research is on the molecular and cell biology of zinc metabolism, nutrition, transport and function.