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Nancy Turner

Turner , Nancy
Nancy Turner
Research Professor
214C Cater-Mattil
Undergraduate Education
Graduate Education
Courses Taught
NUTR 202
NUTR 203
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. Morgan, JL, Ritchie, LE, Crucian, BE, Theriot, C, Wu, H, Sams, C, Smith, SM, Turner, ND, Zwart, SR (2014) Increased dietary iron and radiation in rats promote oxidative stress, induce localized and systemic immune system responses, and alter colon mucosal environment. FASEB J. 28: 1486-98
  3. Turner, ND, Ritchie, LE, Bresalier, RS, Chapkin, RS (2013) The microbiome and colorectal neoplasia: environmental modifiers of dysbiosis. Curr Gastroenterol Rep 15: 346
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