Jeffrey Blumberg, PhD


Professor of Nutrition



BPharm, BS, Psychology, Washington State University
PhD, Pharmacology, Vanderbilt University
Postdoctoral Training, University of Calgary



Campus: Boston
Office: HNRCA 508
Laboratory: HNRCA 503

Contact Information

Office Phone: 617-556-3334
Laboratory Phone: 617-556-3136
E-mail   Send an e-mail


Graduate Programs



Research Synopsis

I no longer accept Sackler students for rotations or thesis research but remain active in program activities.

My research focuses on reactive oxygen and nitrogen species generated during cellular metabolism and by certain environmental factors, including lifestyle, appear to play a critical role in the aging process. High dietary intakes of antioxidant vitamins and phytochemicals are associated with better maintenance of physiologic function and a lower prevalence of many degenerative conditions in older adults. Understanding how antioxidants, especially the carotenoids and polyphenols like the flavonoids, reduce oxidative stress and inflammation to impact the pathogenesis of chronic disease presents opportunities for health promotion and alternative therapeutic modalities for an aging population. We conduct studies of the multifunctional role of antioxidants, particularly the flavonoids and their synergy with other nutrients, on changes in oxidative stress, inflammation, and glucoregulation during aging. This work is conducted in vitro, in animal models, and in healthy and other human populations to elucidate antioxidant requirements for optimal health.

Lab Members

C-Y Oliver Chen, Associate Professor Send an e-mail
Elizabeth Johnson, Associate Professor Send an e-mail
Diane McKay, Assistant Professor Send an e-mail
Emily Mohn, Postdoctoral Scholar Send an e-mail
Jirayu Tanprasertsuk, PhD Student in Nutrition Send an e-mail

Apply to the Sackler School


The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development

June 15: Online Certificate in Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research