To discover the triggers of chronic diseases through innovative research that improves human health across the lifespan.


222 acres housting 688,000 square feet of state-of-the-art laboratories, clinics, conference facilities, and office space

Faculty and Staff

Nearly 200 scientists including over 70 faculty, 100 adjunct faculty and over 30 postdoctoral researchers
Approximately 325 additional research associates, research technicians and support personnel

Executive Director

William Cefalu, MD

FY 2012-2013 Operating Budget
$59 million

Major Research Funding
National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Agriculture, State of Louisiana, Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation, and others.

University Support
As a member of the Louisiana State University System, the Pennington Center benefits from close ties with LSU’s Baton Rouge campus, the LSU Medical Center, and the LSU Agricultural Center.

50 research laboratories and 19 core facilities, including genomics, proteomics, clinical chemistry, mass spectrometry, cell culture, comparative biology, transgenic, body composition, and food analysis laboratories.

Clinic & Imaging Center
Outpatient examination and interview rooms, 14 inpatient rooms, metabolic kitchen, metabolic procedure room, two whole-room indirect calorimeters, dual energy X-ray absorptiometry, ultrasound imaging, air displacement plethysmography, MRS, and underwater weighing unit.