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Turner , Nancy
Nancy Turner
Associate Professor
Undergraduate Education
Graduate Education
Courses Taught
NUTR 481: Undergraduate Seminar
NUTR 646: Fundamentals of Space Life Sciences
NUTR 681: Graduate Seminar

Research Interests:Dr. Turner’s research program focuses on determining the impact of dietary constituents on regulatory processes that may protect against carcinogenesis and inflammation in the colon. Her lab is evaluating the effects of fiber sources and the specific phytochemicals contained within them on aspects of cellular proliferation or apoptosis, and microbial/epithelial cell interactions. The goal is to determine how these normal processes are being perturbed by chemical carcinogens, radiation or pro-inflammatory compounds, and how diet may mitigate the damage caused by them. Work conducted in the laboratory is currently funded by the United Sorghum Checkoff Board, the California Dried Plum Board, and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute.


Research Area

Characterization of the chemoprotective ability of bioactive compounds against colon cancer and inflammatory bowel disease


  1. Cho, Y, Turner, ND, Davidson, LA, Chapkin, RS, Carroll, RJ, Lupton, JR (2014) Colon cancer cell apoptosis is induced by combined exposure to the n-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid and butyrate through promoter methylation. Exp. Biol. Med. (Maywood) 239: 302-10
  2. Cho, Y, Turner, ND, Davidson, LA, Chapkin, RS, Carroll, RJ, Lupton, JR (2012) A chemoprotective fish oil/pectin diet enhances apoptosis via Bcl-2 promoter methylation in rat azoxymethane-induced carcinomas. Exp. Biol. Med. (Maywood) 237: 1387-93
  3. Jeffery, JL, Turner, ND, King, SR (2012) Carotenoid bioaccessibility from nine raw carotenoid-storing fruits and vegetables using an in vitro model. J. Sci. Food Agric. 92: 2603-10
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