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Allen Levine

Ph.D., Dean and Professor
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
Director, Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station

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277 Coffey Hall
1420 Eckles Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108-6074

Phone:  612-626-7173
Fax:      612-625-7076

For appointments please contact:
Karen Kotval

Full curriculum vita (.pdf)  

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 has served on a variety of editorial boards and national organizations, including American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN), Journal of Nutrition, The Obesity Society (TOS) (ethics committee chair; development committee), Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB) (past President), American Society for Nutritional Sciences (ASNS), American Psychological Association (APA), and International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI). He has been on the advisory groups of various food and pharmaceutical corporations including the Dannon Institute, Best Foods, and the International Life Sciences Institute. He also has experience with non-profit corporations having been on the Boards and served as President or Executive Director of five non-profit organizations.

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.


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)

Resident and Outreach Teaching

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


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

Administration and Service

University of Minnesota:
Chair, Vice Provost for Student Affairs & Dean of Students Search Committee, 2012
Northrop Director Search Committee, 2012
UMore Development LLC Board of Governors, September 2011-present
President’s Senior Leadership Team, August, 2011-present
Public Engagement Council, August 2011-present
Chair, UMore Park Academic Mission Advisory Board, July 2011-present
AHC Review Executive Steering Committee, January 2011-2012
Chair, TC Deans Council, December 2010-June 2012
Presidential Search Advisory Committee, June 2010-November 2010
Budget Model Advisory Committee, May 2010-present
Global Food Strategy Committee, April 2010-present
Co-Chair, 2010 Community Fund Drive
Co-Chair, University Strategic Plan Task Force: CNR/COAFES/CHE (2005–2006) 

Recent 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