Dr. Ordovás is Professor of Nutrition at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy,
Professor of Genetics at the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at Tufts
University and Senior Scientist at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at
Tufts University in Boston Massachusetts where he is also the Director of the Nutrition and
Genomics Laboratory. He is a Senior Collaborating Scientist at the CNIC, and IMDEA
Alimentation, both in Madrid (Spain).
Dr. Ordovás was educated in Spain at the University of Zaragoza where he completed his
undergraduate work in chemistry (1978) and received his doctorate in the topic of Human
Lipoprotein Metabolism (1982). He did postdoctoral work at the MIT, Harvard and Tufts.
Dr. Ordovás’ major research interests focus on the genetic factors predisposing to
cardiovascular disease and obesity and their interaction with the environment and
behavioral factors with special emphasis on diet. He has published about 700 scientific
articles in peer review journals and written numerous reviews and books on these topics.
In this regard, he is considered one of the most distinguished world experts in gene-diet
interactions related to cardiovascular traits. Moreover, he has trained in his laboratory over
60 scientists and his current genetic studies involve populations and investigators from all
Throughout his career, Dr. Ordovás has received multiple honors for his scientific
achievements including, among several others, the USDA Secretary’s Award, the Centrum
American Nutrition Society Award; the Mary Swartz Award from the Dietetic Association;
the Garry-Labbe Award from the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, the
Francisco Grande Memorial Lecture all for Excellence in Nutrition Research; The Rafael
del Pino Foundation Lecture, the Turkish Genetics Society Award; the Jaén Paraíso
Interior and AEMO awards for his contributions to the diffusion of the Mediterranean diet
and the Olive oil; the Good Cholesterol award from Aviles and the Danone Foundation
Award for achievements in Nutrition Research and Gold Medal of the Spanish Society of
Cardiology and the Francisco Grande Award from the Fundacion Dieta Meditarranea. He
has been awarded an honorary degree in Medicine bestowed by the University of Cordoba
in Spain and the title of Member of the Royal Academies of Sciences, Medicine, Nutrition
and Pharmacy, all of them in Spain.
Dr. Ordovás serves on multiple editorial boards and is active with multiple international
peer review and steering committees. Dr. Ordovás served on the Food and Nutrition Board
from 2005 to 2011.
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