Lilian de Jonge, PhD

Lilian de Jonge
Titles and Organizations

Acting Chair, Department of Nutrition and Food Studies

Professor, Nutrition

Contact Information

Phone: 703-993-5153
Building: Peterson Hall
Room 4109


Dr. Lilian de Jonge is a professor at the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies. She obtained her PhD degree in nutrition from the Université de Montréal, in Montréal, Canada. After her PhD degree, Dr. de Jonge moved to the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, LA where she was a faculty member and the director of the Metabolic Chambers Laboratory, a position she held until 2010. During this time, she developed the Indirect Calorimetry Core Laboratory. As the director of the core, she was involved in the redesign and reprogramming of the metabolic chambers. These chambers have become a model for several other metabolic chambers in the USA, including the NIH/NIDDK and the University of Colorado. At the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, she studied the adaptation of energy expenditure and substrate oxidation to changes in dietary composition and energy balance and the role of physical activity in this adaptation. Dr. de Jonge has collaborated with a large number of investigators on numerous studies, both federally and privately funded, including several long-term multicenter studies such as POUNDS LOST, a two-year intervention exploring the effect of diet composition on long-term weight loss and patient adherence, and CALERIE, a two-year intervention studying the effects of 25 percent caloric restriction on markers of longevity. In September 2010, Dr. de Jonge accepted a staff scientist position at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD where she was involved in the study of the role sleep and circadian rhythm on obesity.


Research Interests

  • Energy metabolism
  • Body composition
  • Obesity
  • Metabolic adaptation
  • Circadian rhythm
  • Dietary supplements


  • Liu G, Dhana K, Furtado JD, Rood J, Zong G, Liang L, Qi L, Bray GA, Smith SR, de Jonge L, Gardner CD, Coul Bl, Sacks FM, Grandjean P, Sun Q. Perfluoroalkyl Substances and Changes in Body Weight and Resting Metabolic Rate in Response to Weight-Loss Diets: The POUNDS Lost Trial. BMJ (submitted)

  • de Jonge L, Piaggi P, Csako G. Changes in Resting Energy Expenditure in Relationship to Changes in Sleep and Endocrine Variables in Obese Men and Premenopausal Women With Short Sleep Duration. IJO (submitted)

  • Gallo S, Rhoades S, Sanchez K, de Jonge L, Canales J. The Childhood Health, Education, & Wellness (CHEW) program: A Pilot Trial for an Individualized, Family-Centered and Culturally Adapted Intervention Targeting Childhood Obesity among Latino Children. Acad Ped (submitted)

  • de Jonge L, Brennan K, Gallo S, Slavin M, Herrick J. Water Consumption Increases Fat Oxidation. Obesity (submitted)

  • Bray GA, Smith SR, Sutton EF, Redman LM, de Jonge L. Body Compostition and Change in Amino Acids During 8 Weeks of Overfeeding. Obesity (submitted)

  • De Jonge L. Dairy Consumption in Teenage Girls and the Development of Type 2 diabetes Later in Life. Diabetes Res Open J. (submitted)

  • Persily A, de Jonge L. Carbon Dioxide Generation Rates for Building Occupants. Indoor Air 2017;

  • de Jonge L, Kitzhaber L. Sleep and Diabetes in Adolescents: A Battle between Physiology and Social Factors. Diabetes Res Open J. 2016; 2(2): e7-e9. doi: 10.17140/DROJ-2-e006

  • Bray GA, Redman LM, de Jonge L, Rood J, Smith SR. Effect of Three Levels of Dietary Protein on Metabolic Variables during Eight Weeks of Overfeeding. J Clin Invest 2016;101;2836-43 10.

  • Ravussin E, Redman LM, Rochon J, Das SK, Fontana L, Kraus WE, Romashkan S, Williamson DA, Meydani SN, Villareal DT, Smith SR, Stein RI, Scott TM, Stewart TM, Saltzman E, Klein S, Bhapkar M, Martin CK, Gilhooly CH, Holloszy JO,Hadley EC, Roberts SB; CALERIE Study Group. A 2-Year Randomized Controlled Trial of Human Caloric Restriction: Feasibility and Effects on Predictors of Health Span and Longevity. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2015;70:1097-104.

Honors and Awards

  • Top 10 Poster, Bio-behavioral Research Section of The Obesity Society, 2016, Obesity Week
  • Distinction in Scholarship Award, 2015, American Physiology Association
  • NIDDK Directors Award, 2012, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH