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Jay Whalen

Jay Whelan

Department Head and Professor of Cellular Molecular Nutrition


Professor Whelan's research examines the relationship between a variety of cancers and the cellular and biomolecular effects of dietary fats. There is a specific focus on omega-3 and omega-6 fats, primarily arachidonic acid, and their effects on tumor progression from benign forms to metastatic cancer. 




1989 Post-doctoral degree, Penn State University, State College, PA

Center for Air and Environmental Science

1988 PhD, Penn State University, State College, PA,

Nutritional Sciences

1982 MPH, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 

Public Health Nutrition

1976 BA, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT, 


Curriculum Vitae

Jay Whalen

Contact Information

  • 1215 W. Cumberland Ave. 229 Jessie Harris Building Knoxville, TN 37996-1920
  • Phone: 865-974-6260
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