Gerald F. Combs, Jr., Ph.D.
Dr. Combs has been an active researcher, author and teacher in the field of Nutrition for more than 40 years. His research has included fundamental studies with cultured cells and animal models, human metabolic studies, and human clinical trials in both field and institutional settings. His interests have focused on micronutrient metabolism and functions, diet and cancer prevention, and the linkages of agriculture, food production and human health. Has conducted research in the US, China, Bangladesh, Costa Rica and Malawi; and has lectured in some 30 countries.
Combs was the first American scientist to work in modern China (1980-1988), and the first professor to develop an academic course linking Agriculture and Human Nutrition (Cornell University). His group was the first to demonstrate anti-carcinogenic efficacy of selenium in humans, the first to identify genetic determinants of selenium metabolism in humans, and the first to describe endemic calcium-deficiency rickets in Bangladesh.
Combs was an Assistant Professor at Auburn University (1973-1975), a Professor of Nutrition at Cornell University (1975-2004), and Director of the USDA Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center (2002-2015). He is currently a Professor Emeritus of Nutrition at Cornell University, and a Senior Scientist and project co-PI at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, Boston. He has presented 372 invited lectures and published 162 peer-reviewed scientific papers, 155 reviews/chapters, and 14 books including a leading text/reference book, The Vitamins: Fundamental Aspects in Nutrition and Health (Academic Press) now in its 5th edition (2017).