About ENC and Our Nutrition Experts
The Egg Nutrition Center (ENC) is the science and nutrition education division of the American Egg Board (AEB), a national checkoff program on all egg farms with more than 75,000 hens.
Our team consists of dedicated nutrition health experts with a range of professional experience in food science and nutrition fields.
ENC is a credible source of nutrition and health science information and the acknowledged leader in research and education related to eggs.
ENC sponsors health-related scientific research that is primarily focused on eggs. Our nutrition health experts also monitor scientific findings and regulatory developments, and serve as a resource for health practitioners needing current nutrition information to share with their patients.
Mitch Kanter, Ph.D.
Dr. Mitch Kanter serves as the Executive Director of the Egg Nutrition Center, a role he has held since August 2009. Prior to joining ENC, Mitch spent almost 20 years in the food industry, serving in director level positions for the Quaker Oats Company (Director of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute; Director of Scientific Research and Communications), the General Mills Company (Director of Nutrition Science), and Cargill (Director of Health and Nutrition; Director of Venturing).
Mitch received BS and MS degrees from Queens College in NYC, and an MS in Nutrition and a Ph.D. in Physiology from The Ohio State University. He also served as a post doctoral research fellow in Preventive Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
Mitch has authored dozens of articles and book chapters in both lay and scientific publications, and he has conducted more than 300 lectures and presentations over the years on various health and nutrition-related topics.
Tia M. Rains, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Nutrition Research & Communications
Dr. Tia Rains is the Senior Director, Nutrition Research & Communications at the Egg Nutrition Center. Prior to joining ENC in July of 2013, Tia was the Senior Director of Metabolic Sciences at Biofortis Clinical Research, a global contract research organization specializing in the design and conduct of clinical research for leading food, beverage, and supplement companies around the world. Prior to that, Tia held several positions within the Research & Development department of Kraft Foods, including roles in nutrition research and product development.
Tia holds a BS in Food Science & Human Nutrition from Arizona State University and a Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from University of Illinois. She has authored more than 40 scientific articles and book chapters and is a frequent public speaker at universities, health professional meetings, and industry events.
Rachel Bassler, RDN, CSSD, LDN
Senior Manager, Nutrition Communications
Rachel Bassler is the Senior Manager, Nutrition Communications at the Egg Nutrition Center. Prior to joining ENC in October of 2015, Rachel was a Senior Scientist at Kraft Foods where she focused on nutrition communications and health professional outreach. Prior to that, Rachel worked at two different global public relations agencies where she supported a number of food clients.
Rachel holds a BS in dietetics and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She completed her dietetic internship at the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital.
Our Health Professional Advisors
MS, RD, LDN, CDE
MPH, RD, LD
MSN, CLS, FAHA, FPCNA, FNLA
MS, RDN, LD
Robyn Kievit Kirkman
FNP-BC, RDN, LDN, CSSD, CEDRD
Partners/Organizations We Sponsor