Bart C De Jonghe, PhD
Assistant Professor of Nursing

Contact Information
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Room 140 Fagin Hall
418 Curie Blvd.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-4217
tel: (215) 898-4901

Dr. De Jonghe received his Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from the Pennsylvania State University in 2006, after which he entered a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Neurophysiology at the Monell Chemical Senses Center to study nausea, vomiting and malaise. In 2008, Dr. De Jonghe began postdoctoral work in the Department of Animal Biology at the Penn School of Veterinary Medicine, examining the etiology and development of obesity as a Principal Investigator on a Postdoctoral Fellowship Grant from the American Heart Association.

Dr. De Jonghe teaches “Nutrition: Science and Applications” (NURS 112), the introductory course in the Nutrition Minor program, which is available to all university students. This course provides an overview of the scientific foundations of nutrition. The focus is on the functions, food sources, and metabolism of carbohydrate, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals, and water, in the contexts of health and disease. Dr. De Jonghe also routinely guest lectures on current issues of nutrition, physiology, obesity, food policy, eating disorders, Type II Diabetes, and molecular biology in courses throughout Penn within the Schools of Nursing, Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. De Jonghe’s research focuses on the nutritional, physiological, neuronal, and cellular signaling controls of energy balance with relevance to obesity, type 2 diabetes, and chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. Through his research, he aspires to improve patient recovery and quality of life during the treatment of chronic diseases, as well as gain understanding of the etiology of obesity and the complexities of treating chronic diseases which involve disturbances in energy balance. Dr. De Jonghe is currently funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, The McCabe Fund, and the School of Nursing Behavioral Research Center to explore these endeavors.

• Currently Funded Grants

• Center for Biobehavioral Research


Dr. De Jonghe is strongly committed to both promotion of research and teaching. He is currently an ad hoc reviewer for more than 10 peer-reviewed journals in fields of physiology, ingestive behavior, and body weight regulation. He has also served on study sections for the American Diabetes Association. Dr. De Jonghe is instrumental in promoting awareness of nutrition to incoming freshman through lectures as part of the NSO preceptorials, as well as recruiting and encouraging enrollment in the Nutrition Minor, the most popular minor at Penn.
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As obesity and obesity-related diseases continue to present major healthcare and socioeconomic consequences, there is significant need for furthering nursing education in the prevention and treatment of these diseases. Understanding the nature of how weight/appetite fluctuations, nausea and vomiting clinically manifest is one of the most highly applicable areas of basic scientific research to nurses, who are the front lines of patient care and encounter these symptoms on a daily basis