Tom Brenna

Department: 
Nutritional Sciences
Office: 
B38 Savage Hall
Mass spectrometry; human nutrition. Role of Polyusaturated Fatty Acids in fetal development, especially neural formation, examining precursors to PUFAs, Antidoping science; detection of performance-enhancing drugs, especially steroids.
Research Interests: 
Biochemistry
Genomics
Nutrition
BioG 2990/4990 Credit: 
Yes
Paid Work Study: 
Yes
Paid Non-Work Study: 
Yes
Volunteer: 
Yes
Honors Thesis: 
Yes
Research Activities in Which Undergraduates Participate: 
Sample preparation and gas chromatography and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry analysis of fatty acids in mammalian tissue. Extraction and analysis of urinary metabolites/steroids in human urine and other samples by GC and high end MS. PCR/Electrophoresis/analysis of mRNA. Animal nutrition studies, including piglets, mice, rats, and whatever species is relevant.
Approximate Number of Students in the Lab per Semester: 
8
Is There a Minimum Number of Hours per Week: 
Yes
If So, How Many?: 
10