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Dr. Jana KraftJana Kraft

Dr. Kraft holds a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences and a Ph.D. in Nutritional Physiology/Lipid Biochemistry from the University of Jena in Germany. After a period of postdoctoral work at both the University of Jena and the University of Vermont, she joined the Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences as an Assistant Professor and then was promoted to Associate Professor. Dr. Kraft's research at the interface of animal science and human nutrition integrates ruminant nutrition and utilization of animal models to determine factors influencing the nutritional quality of ruminant-derived fats/fatty acids and their role in prevention and treatment of the metabolic syndrome. The overall objective of Dr. Kraft's research program is to gain a better understanding of how lipids and bioactive fatty acids influence established and emerging risk factors/biomarkers linked to the metabolic syndrome, especially as it relates to the impact of maternal lipid and fatty acid consumption during pregnancy and lactation as a determinant of lifelong well-being and risk of disease development. Another area of her research includes the lipid and fatty acid analysis of numerous matrices such as oils/fats, feed, food items, tissues/organs, blood components (e.g., plasma, erythrocyte membranes), and ruminal/intestinal digesta. Current research efforts focus on the analysis of the trans-fatty acid content and profile of food items in a large scale survey to establish a comprehensive database accessible to academia and industry.

Work Address

219 Terrill, 570 Main Street, Burlington, VT  05405
Office:  (802) 656-5489
Lab: (802) 656-8827
Fax: (802) 656-8196


B.S./M.S. (1998, Nutritional Sciences, University of Jena, Germany
Ph.D. (2004), Nutritional Physiology/Lipid Biochemistry, University of Jena, Germany

Postdoctoral Training

Post-doctoral Researcher (2004-2007), Department of Nutritional Physiology, University of Jena, Germany
Post-doctoral Researcher (2007-2010), Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, University of Vermont, VT

Professional Positions

2010 Research Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Science, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
2010-present, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

Professional Memberships
American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA)
American Dairy Science Association (ADSA)
American Society of Nutrition (ASN)

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