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Nancy Turner

Turner , Nancy
Nancy Turner
Research Professor
214C Cater-Mattil
Undergraduate Education
B.S. in Animal Science, Texas A&M University, 1978
Graduate Education
M.S. in Animal Nutrition, Texas A&M University, 1984
Ph.D. in Nutrition, Texas A&M University, 1978
Recipient of Mentoring Award from Department of Nutrition & Food Science, 2012
Selected as a 2011 BEN Scholar
Received a SEBM Travel Fellowship Grant to attend EB 2000
1998 Ethel Ashworth-Tsutsui Memorial Award for Mentoring, received 1/27/99
Registered as a Certified Nutrition Specialist, 1995
Dan F. Jones Memorial Scholarship, 1990
Courses Taught
NUTR 202: Fund. of Human Nutrition
NUTR 203: Scientific Principles of Human Nutrition
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. Schreurs, AS, Shirazi-Fard, Y, Shahnazari, M, Alwood, JS, Truong, TA, Tahimic, CG et al.. Dried plum diet protects from bone loss caused by ionizing radiation. Sci Rep. 2016;6 :21343. doi: 10.1038/srep21343. PubMed PMID:26867002 PubMed Central PMC4750446.
  2. Kim, E, Davidson, LA, Zoh, RS, Hensel, ME, Patil, BS, Jayaprakasha, GK et al.. Homeostatic responses of colonic LGR5+ stem cells following acute in vivo exposure to a genotoxic carcinogen. Carcinogenesis. 2016;37 (2):206-14. doi: 10.1093/carcin/bgv250. PubMed PMID:26717997 PubMed Central PMC4804129.
  3. Hong, MY, Turner, ND, Murphy, ME, Carroll, RJ, Chapkin, RS, Lupton, JR et al.. In vivo regulation of colonic cell proliferation, differentiation, apoptosis, and P27Kip1 by dietary fish oil and butyrate in rats. Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2015;8 (11):1076-83. doi: 10.1158/1940-6207.CAPR-15-0147. PubMed PMID:26323483 PubMed Central PMC4633322.
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