Prof. Dr. Orien Lee Tulp
President of The University
Professor Orien Lee Tulp is a graduate of the University of Vermont and University of Vermont College Technology (honors), the Graduate College, and of the College of Medicine, classes of 1968, 1970, and 1974 respectively, followed by 4 years of Post graduate study in the Clinical Research Center, Department of Medicine, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT, where he specialized in Nutrition, Endocrinology, and Metabolism. He was awarded an individual NIH National Research Service Award for continued study in Vermont, where he conducted original research in Nutrient-Endocrine interactions. He elucidated the mechanism of nutrient induced modulation of thyroid function and its contributions to adaptive thermogenesis and energy balance, and has published extensively on the nutritional and environmental regulation of thermogenesis and brown adipose tissue. Professor Tulp has also served as Research Associate Professor (Medicine), University of Vermont; Associate Professor and Director of Biochemistry at Colby College, Maine; Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Maryland in Europe; Lecturer, University of Greenwich, Cambridge and Kings College, UK; Professor of Industrial Hygiene, Environmental Studies Institute, Drexel University, and Professor of Nutrition, Drexel University, from where he retired in 2004. Professor Tulp is an elected member of numerous professional societies in his field of expertise including the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons, the American College of Nutrition (Fellow and Certified Nutrition Specialist), The American Society for Clinical Nutrition, the Nutrition Society (UK), The Association of Military Surgeons, and others, and has been guest lecturer at numerous Universities and colleges worldwide. Professor Tulp has served on the Editorial Boards of leading professional societies in his fields of expertise including the Journal of Military Medicine and the Proceedings of the Society of Experimental Biology and Medicine and others.
Professor Tulp has an extensive research career, with over 400 publications including abstracts, manuscripts, books and book chapters, and over 500 invited lectures worldwide in his areas of expertise (nutrition, endocrinology, and metabolism). He has held research, academic and guest scientist appointments at the University Of Vermont College Of Medicine, the College of Medicine, University of Heidleberg (Germany), The University of the Sciences (Pennsylvania), the Southwest Institute for Medical Research (USA), The US Department of Agriculture, Beltsville, MD, the Veterans Administration, The University of Maryland in Europe, and others. Dr. Tulp discovered the biochemical basis of nutrient induced changes in endocrine metabolism, nutritional and environmental regulation of adaptive thermogenesis and energy metabolism, and discovered and characterized congenic genetic animal models of aging, obesity and diabetes that have been used worldwide by many leading scientists.
Professor Tulp has also had extensive military experience, retiring in the grade of Colonel, AMEDD, US Army, with recommendation for promotion to the grade of Brigadier General. He served in the US and South America, where he conducted numerous (over 250) medical civic action missions, in addition to command and Staff Positions at all levels of command from Medical Company, Combat Support Hospital, Special Staff officer, and consultant to the Surgeon's Office at the Pentagon, Washington DC. Among his citations and awards are a Presidential Citation (William Jefferson Clinton); the USA Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Medal of Military Medical Merit, the Garde Nationale Trophy, the Citizenship Medal, US Army Commendation Medal with 7 Oak Leaf Clusters, the US Army Achievement medal with oak leaf clusters, the National Defense Service Medal w/oak leaf cluster, the Reserve Components Achievement Medal w/3 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Expert Field Medical Badge, and numerous others. He has been cited for his pioneering work on the diet and pathophysiology of disease among native populations of the Altiplano (Bolivia) while conducting humanitarian medical support missions in South America. He is a graduate of the Vermont Military Academy, The US Army Medical Field Service School, the USA Academy of Health Sciences, the USA Command and Staff College, the USA National Defense University, and others.
Professor Tulp serves as a member of the Oxford Educational Network, International Higher Education Council; Fellow and Certified Nutrition Specialist, American College of Nutrition, USA; Fellow, Royal College of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Dublin; and Diplomat, National Naturopathic Board of Examiners. In 2008 Dr Tulp was invested and appointed as a Knight of Grace, Ancient Sovereign Order of Hospitallers of St John of Jerusalem, under authority of the Romanoff family. Professor Tulp is a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Complementary and Alternative Medicine [FRCAM,Dublin]. He assumed his present position as Professor of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences and President and Chief Executive Officer of USAT and Director of the Mayfield Clinic for Regenerative Research in 2003.