GenoVive is dedicated to nutritional science and keeping current the latest scientific discoveries to advance the field of personalized health. The GenoVive Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) was established to guide the company’s research activities, seeking out the most innovative and promising research projects for continuing validation of the emerging field of Nutrigenomics.
GenoVive’s SAB is comprised of renowned experts in multi-discipline fields of Nutrigenomics, Genetics, Biochemistry, Exercise Physiology and Food Science. The mission of the GenoVive SAB is to translate published science into actionable solutions.
Steven H. Zeisel, MD, PhD – Chairman: Dr. Steven Zeisel is the Kenan Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Nutrition in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. He served as chair of the Department of Nutrition at UNC from 1990-2005. He is currently a member of the American Society for Nutrition, the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, the American College of Nutrition and the Society for Pediatric Research.
Dr. Zeisel is also the Director of the UNC Nutrition Research Institute at the newly formed North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, North Carolina. The Institute is also known as a “metabolic chamber” where researchers study foods, activity levels and genes affecting human metabolism. Their findings will help recommend customized diets and exercise plans that support the ultimate goal of individualized nutrition. The Institute’s research endeavors were recently featured in The Charlotte Observer.
He serves on the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Journal editorial board and is a former member of the Annual Review of Nutrition editorial committee. Dr. Zeisel is a member of the World Cancer Research Fund’s Expert Panel on “Food, Nutrition and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective.” He serves as the principal investigator on multiple federally funded research projects that focus on human requirements for choline and the effects of this nutrient on brain development. He has authored more than 280 scientific publications.
Dr. Zeisel earned his MD from Harvard Medical School in 1975, was a resident in pediatrics at Yale University from 1975–1977, and earned his PhD in nutrition at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980.
David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP: Dr. David Katz is the founding director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center. He received his BA from Dartmouth College (1984; Magna Cum Laude); his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1988); and his MPH from the Yale University School of Public Health (1993). He is a board certified specialist in Preventive Medicine/Public Health, and two-time Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine (1991; 2001). Dr. Katz is Director and founder of the Integrative Medicine Center at Griffin Hospital (2000) in Derby, CT, and founder and president of the non-profit Turn the Tide Foundation (www.turnthetidefoundation.org).
Known internationally for expertise in nutrition, weight management, and chronic disease prevention, as well as integrative care and patient-centered care models, Dr. Katz is active in patient care, research, teaching, and public health practice. He established, and formerly directed, one of the nation’s first combined residency programs in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine; and served as Director of Medical Studies in Public Health at the Yale School of Medicine for eight years.
Dr. Katz has secured nearly $35 million in research funding. He has published over 120 scientific articles & textbook chapters; nearly a thousand newspaper columns; innumerable commentaries and blogs; and 12 books to date. He has consulted on obesity control and chronic disease prevention to the World Health Organization; National Cancer Institute; National Governors Association; Health Canada; the Health Ministry of Israel; the Institute of Medicine; several U.S. Governors; the US Secretary of Health; and the FDA.
Dr. Katz serves as a reviewer of federal research grants for the NIH, the CDC, and AHRQ, as well as a number of international organizations. He is a peer reviewer for numerous leading medical journals. He is on the editorial advisory boards of The American Journal of Health Promotion; Prevention Magazine; Health; Men’s Health; Children’s Health; and Eating Well. In 2011, he was appointed Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed journal, Childhood Obesity. He was nominated for the position of US Surgeon General in 2009 by the American College of Physicians, the American College of Preventive Medicine, and the Center for Science in the Public Interest, among others; and was the 2011 recipient of the Katharine Boucot Sturgis award from the American College of Preventive Medicine, the most prestigious award the College confers – awarded for illustrious career contributions to the field of Preventive Medicine. Also in 2011, he received the Lenna Frances Cooper Award from the American Dietetic Association for illustrious contributions to the field of nutrition. In 2012, Katz was named the first inductee into the MDPA Communicating Childhood Obesity Prevention and Policy Hall of Fame.
Daniel Pomp, MS, PhD: Dr. Daniel Pomp is a Professor of Genetics, Nutrition, & Cell and Molecular Physiology in the School of Medicine and the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina. He is a member of UNC’s Nutrition and Obesity Research Center, Carolina Center for Genome Science, Center for Integrated Systems Genomics, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility.
Dr. Pomp studies the genetic architecture of complex traits, with an emphasis on obesity and body weight regulation. Using polygenic mouse models and high throughput approaches integrating genomics and physiology, he identifies genes that control predisposition to obesity, including components of energy balance such as caloric intake, basal metabolism and voluntary exercise. He studies how these genes interact with each other and with nutritional and therapeutic interventions, and how these combine to regulate an individual’s change in weight, fat and muscle content. Dr. Pomp also investigates polygenic and dietary obesity as risk factors for mammary and colon cancer susceptibility.
Dr. Pomp serves on the editorial board for several journals, including Physiological Genomics, Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology, Advances in Genomics and Gene Expression, and Mammalian Genome. Dr. Pomp’s research has been funded by the National Institute of Health, the National Science Foundation, the United States Department of Agriculture, and by a variety of sources in the biomedical and agricultural industries.
He earned his Ph.D. in Animal Genetics from North Carolina State University, a Masters in Animal Breeding from the University of Wisconsin, and a BS in Animal Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Ruth DeBusk, PhD, RD: Dr. DeBusk has a long-standing interest in nutritional genomics. Trained first as a food and nutrition professional and subsequently as a geneticist and molecular biologist, Dr. DeBusk was a member of the genetics faculty at Florida State University for many years. Her research interests combined nutrition and genetics, focusing on genetic regulation of nutrient absorption in response to environmental signals. In 1985 she and her husband co-founded a biotechnology company to develop genetic diagnostic assays for the food industry and, later, a second company that used DNA profiling for identifying individuals.
These experiences provided the foundation for establishing her clinical practice in the early stages of the integration of genetics into healthcare. She has a wide variety of clinical experience, including several years with a group of gastroenterologists whose practice focuses on digestive disorders. Her role has ranged from genetic counseling to gastroenterology-related nutrition therapy to gene-based nutritional interventions as that technology began to be introduced into practice.
In addition to her practical experience in science, business, and clinical practice, Dr. DeBusk has served on local, state, national, and international committees and advisory boards related to nutrition, genetics, and biotechnology. As a university professor she authored numerous research papers in genetics and nutrition. She has written four books, including the American Dietetic Association’s Genetics: The Nutrition Connection and more recently one for those new to nutritional genomics: "It’s Not Just Your Genes!" in collaboration with Yael Joffe, RD.
Dr. DeBusk has been honored with various awards, including the Florida Dietetic Association’s 2009 Outstanding Dietitian Award, the Tallahassee Dietetic Association’s 2008 and 2009 Outstanding Dietitian Award, and the first Excellence in Practice Award conferred by the American Dietetic Association’s Nutrition in Complementary Care practice group. In 2007 she received the Harold Harper Award for Science and Practice by the American College for Advancement in Medicine. Dr. DeBusk frequently presents lectures and workshops to health care professionals and is currently adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey where she teaches a graduate level course in nutritional genomic
Barbara E. Ainsworth, PhD, MPH, FACSM, FNAK: Dr. Ainsworth is a Professor in the Exercise and Wellness Program within School of Nutrition and Health Promotion at Arizona State University. Dr. Ainsworth received her graduate degrees in exercise physiology and epidemiology from the University of Minnesota. Her research relates to physical activity and public health with focus on the assessment of physical activity in populations, the evaluation of physical activity questionnaires, and physical activity in women. Dr. Ainsworth is best known as the lead author for the Compendium of Physical Activities, an exhaustive list of the energy cost of human physical activities.Dr. Ainsworth has 30 years experience in evaluating physical activity surveys for their validity and reliability in adult men and women. She has collaborated in several large physical activity validation studies [(Survey of Activity, Fitness, and Exercise (1987-1989); Cross-Cultural Activity Participation Study (1995-2000); Physical Activity in Women (2007-2008)] which were designed to assess the validity and reliability of multiple surveys used in epidemiological research.
As the primary author for the Compendium of Physical Activities (aka, Compendium), she regularly serves as a resource for others who aim to assess physical activity in their research studies and to help them evaluate their study findings. She is an expert in the assignment of metabolic equivalents (METs) for thousands of activities for researchers interested in measuring physical activity for research studies.
With over 250 publications, Dr. Ainsworth is a fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Academy of Kinesiology, Research Consortium of American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and the North American Society of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Professionals. She serves on the Editorial Board for several journals and has lectured in many countries. Dr. Ainsworth holds an honorary academic appointment at the Akershus University College in Oslo, Norway. She has served as President for the ACSM and was a 2006 ACSM Citation Award recipient.
San San Ng, PhD, MB (ASCP)CM , VP of Scientific Affairs: Dr. Ng comes to GenoVive with 14 years of outstanding professional accomplishments including 14 years of hands-on laboratory experiences in various scientific fields. Her areas of expertise include genotyping, DNA sequencing, development of clinical tests, and experimental design. San San began her career at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans, studying DNA replication and gene expression, using bacteriophage T4 and T4-realted phages as models.
In 2000, she joined the Department of Genetics at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and Department of Pathology at Children’s Hospital, New Orleans, developing clinical tests for the studies and identification of genetic mutations in the Acadian population. She was promoted to Lab Director in 2001 to head and develop the Genomics Core Facility, offering high quality DNA sequencing and genotyping services to researchers around the New Orleans area.
Dr. Ng received her bachelor of science in Cell and Molecular Biology from Tulane University in 1996, and a doctorate in Human Genetics from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in 2008. She is board certified by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners as a specialist in the field of Molecular Biology.
With a distinguished academic and professional background focusing on human genetics, San San Ng joined GenoVive in 2010 with a goal of establishing GenoVive as a leader in personalized health solutions focused on providing customized products with a scientific advantage. As Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Ng will guide the company’s long term research strategy and lead development of innovative personalized products utilizing the company’s genetic technology. Dr. Ng has a deep and unwavering appreciation and understanding of how our unique genetic code and all its variants play a critical role in human health.