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Department of Food Science and Nutrition
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Department of Food Science and Nutrition

Allen S. Levine

Allen Levine Ph.D., Dean and Professor
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

Director, Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station
277 Coffey Hall
Phone: (612) 626-7173
Fax: (612) 625-7076
Curriculum Vitae

Abbreviated Bio

Allen Levine is Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota. Prior to this position, he was Head of the Department of Food Science and Nutrition. He was the Associate Director of Research and a Senior Career Scientist at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. He is also Director of the Minnesota Obesity Center, a National Institutes of Health funded collaborative research group of over 55 federally funded investigators from the University, the Mayo Clinic, the Minneapolis VA Medical Center, Health Partners, and Hennepin County Medical Center.

Dr. Levine is a Professor in the Departments of Food Science and Nutrition, Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Medicine, and is a member of the nutrition, food science, and the neuroscience graduate faculties at the University of Minnesota. 


Dr. Levine’s research focus for the past 30 years has been on neural regulation of food intake, particularly related to the opioid peptides and Neuropeptide Y. He has published nearly 300 scientific papers and over 100 review articles, editorials and book reviews. He has received four major awards for his research efforts: one from the American Institute of Nutrition (Mead Johnson Award) one from the American College of Nutrition (Grace A. Goldsmith Award), one from AAAS (Fellow), and elected to Sigma Xi Society.


University of Minnesota:
Minnesota Obesity Center
Department of Medicine
Department of Neuroscience
Department of Psychiatry
Department of Surgery
College of Veterinary Medicine
Intercollegiate Nutrition Consortium

Mayo Clinic
Health Partners
VA Medical Center

Resident and Outreach Teaching

CFANS 1903 Ethics of Food
Current Issues in Food Science
Guest Lecturer in Neuroscience and Nutrition courses

Selected Scholarship/Publications

Alsiö, J., Olszewski, P.K., Levine, A.S., Schiöth, H.B. Feed-forward mechanisms: addiction-like behavioral and molecular adaptations. Neuroendocrinol. (2012), doi: 10.1016/j-yfrne.2012.01.002. Epub 2012 Jan 28 Review. PMID 22305720.

Olszewski PK , Rozman J , Jacobsson JA , Rathkolb B , Strömberg S , et al. (2012) Neurobeachin, a Regulator of Synaptic Protein Targeting, Is Associated with Body Fat Mass and Feeding Behavior in Mice and Body-Mass Index in Humans. PLoS Genet 8(3): e1002568. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1002568.

Mitra, A., Kotz, C.M., Kim, E.M., Grace, M.K., Kuskowski, M.A. Billington, C.J., Levine, A.S. Effects of butorphanol on feeding and neuropeptide Y in the rat. Pharmacol. Biochem. Behav. 2012 Jan; 100(3):575-80. PMID: 21925202.

Mitra, A., Klockars, A., Gosnell, B.A., Le Grevès, M., Olszewski, P.K., Levine, A.S., Schiöth, H.B. Expression levels of genes encoding melanin concentrating hormone (MCH) and MCH receptor change in taste aversion , but MCH injections do not alleviate aversive responses. Pharmacol. Biochem. Behav. 2012 Jan; 100(3):581-6. PMID: 21925200.

Rask-Anderson, M., Almén, M.S., Olausen, H.R., Olszweski, P.k., Eriksson, J., Chevan, R. A., Levine, A.S., Fredriksson, R., Schiöth. Functional coupling analysis suggests link between the obesity gene FTO and the BDNF-NTRK2 signaling pathway. 2011. BMC Neurosci 2011; 12:117. PMCID: PMC3248879.

Cedernaes, J., Olszewski, P.K., Almén, M.S., Stephansson, O., Levine, A.S., Fredriksson, R., Nylander, O., Schiöth, H.B. Comprehensive analysis of localization of 78 solute carrier genes throughout the subsections of the rat gastrointestinal tract. Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 2011 August 12;411(4):702-7. Epub 2011 Jul. 13. PMID: 21781957.


Grace A. Goldsmith Award from the American College of Nutrition (1992)
National Academy of Sciences Committee on "Assessing Future Research Needs: Mental and Addictive Disorders in Women" (1991)
Mead Johnson Award from the American Institute of Nutrition (1985)
American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow (2009)
Sigma Xi (2012)

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