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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. Seidel, DV, Azcárate-Peril, MA, Chapkin, RS, Turner, ND. Shaping functional gut microbiota using dietary bioactives to reduce colon cancer risk. Semin. Cancer Biol. 2017;46 :191-204. doi: 10.1016/j.semcancer.2017.06.009. PubMed PMID:28676459 PubMed Central PMC5626600.
  2. Ritchie, LE, Taddeo, SS, Weeks, BR, Carroll, RJ, Dykes, L, Rooney, LW et al.. Impact of Novel Sorghum Bran Diets on DSS-Induced Colitis. Nutrients. 2017;9 (4):. doi: 10.3390/nu9040330. PubMed PMID:28346392 PubMed Central PMC5409669.
  3. Turner, ND, Lloyd, SK. Association between red meat consumption and colon cancer: A systematic review of experimental results. Exp. Biol. Med. (Maywood). 2017;242 (8):813-839. doi: 10.1177/1535370217693117. PubMed PMID:28205448 PubMed Central PMC5407540.
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