Ellen and Robert Kapito Endowed Professor in Nursing Science
Professor of Nutrition Science, Perelman School of Medicine
Associate Program Director, Graduate Nutrition Certificate

A nutrition scientist with training in the study of human ingestive behavior, Tanja Kral’s research focuses on the cognitive, sensory, and nutritional controls of appetite and eating in children and adults and their relevance to obesity.

Her research specifically assesses how familial predispositions to leanness or obesity interact with environmental factors, such as the obesogenic food environment, to produce individual differences in energy intake regulation.

“I am interested in improving health outcomes of children and adults who are most susceptible to developing obesity.”


  • PhD, The Pennsylvania State University, 2003
  • MS, The Pennsylvania State University, 2001
  • BS, University of Applied Sciences, Münster, Germany, 1998