Michael Lefevre arrived as a USTAR professor at USU’s Center for Human Nutrition Studies in September of 2007, from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana where he served as Chief of the Division of Functional Foods Research, as well as professor in the Division of Nutrition and Chronic Diseases. He was also an adjunct professor at the School of Human Ecology at Louisiana State University. In April of 2011, Dr. Lefevre was named the Scientific Director of the newly formed Applied Nutrition Research team at Utah State University.
Dr. Lefevre is a fellow of the American Heart Association, belonging to the Council on Arteriosclerosis; the Council on Nutrition, Metabolism and Physical Activity; the Council on Epidemiology and Prevention; and is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Institute of Food Technology. Additionally, he serves as a consultant for a number of major food corporations and commodity groups. He earned his doctorate in nutrition with a minor in physiological sciences from the University of California Davis. Dr. Lefevre’s major research interests are in the role of diet in the prevention and delay of chronic disease, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cognitive decline with ageing.