Jennifer van de Ligt, PhD

Portrait of Jennifer van de Ligt

Jennifer van de Ligt, PhD

TLI Faculty, Technological Leadership Institute


Ph.D. Animal Nutrition
University of Kentucky

M.S. Animal Nutrition
University of Illinois

B.S. Animal Science
North Carolina State University


Dr. van de Ligt has an extensive background in animal feed and human food production, nutrition, modeling, safety, and regulations, with academic, industry, and global perspectives. Her research and industry experience spans areas from consumer-packaged goods labeling compliance for global product launch to development of novel food and feed ingredients to developing and launching innovation online education programs. A key focus of her current research portfolio is building collaborations with and transitioning food and feed security, safety, and supply-chain resiliency solutions to the food industry. She also leads a team dedicated to improving the leadership and systems thinking capabilities of early to mid-career professionals affiliated with any aspect of the food system.

Prior to joining the University of Minnesota, Dr. van de Ligt held numerous leadership positions at a global food, agricultural, financial, and industrial products company operating in 70 countries. She was the lead nutrition and regulatory expert for a variety of food and feed novel ingredient and claims innovations. 

Dr. van de Ligt has more than 130 global patents and patent applications, including for specialty ingredients, processing technology, packaging innovations, and biology-based dynamic modeling formulation systems.

Alternate Job Roles

  • Associate Professor, Veterinary Population Medicine 
  • Director, Integrated Food Systems Leadership Program
  • Associate Director, Food Protection and Defense Institute


  • Nutrition
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Product Innovation
  • Food Defense
  • Biological Modeling
  • Cross-functional Team Leadership
  • Research and Development (R&D)
  • Supply Chain Resiliency 
  • Business Strategy
  • Intellectual Asset Management