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Connie Jo Rogers, PhD

Connie Jo Rogers, PhD

Professor, Nutritional Sciences
Scientific Program:Cancer Control

Research Interests

  • Neoplasms
  • Obesity
  • Diet
  • T-Lymphocytes
  • Cytokines
  • Gastrointestinal Microbiome
  • Fats
  • Vaccines
  • Spices
  • Inflammation
  • Immunity
  • Randomized Controlled Trials

Recent Publications


Damani, JJ, De Souza, MJ, Strock, NCA, Koltun, KJ, Williams, NI, Weaver, C & Rogers, CJ 2023, 'Associations Between Inflammatory Mediators and Bone Outcomes in Postmenopausal Women: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of Baseline Data from the Prune Study', Journal of Inflammation Research, vol. 16, pp. 639-663.


Arnold, CRK, Srinivasan, S, Rodriguez, S, Rydzak, N, Herzog, CM, Gontu, A, Bharti, N, Small, M, Rogers, CJ, Schade, MM, Kuchipudi, SV, Kapur, V, Read, AF & Ferrari, MJ 2022, 'A longitudinal study of the impact of university student return to campus on the SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence among the community members', Scientific reports, vol. 12, no. 1, 8586.
Oh, ES, Petersen, KS, Kris-Etherton, PM & Rogers, CJ 2022, 'Four weeks of spice consumption lowers plasma proinflammatory cytokines and alters the function of monocytes in adults at risk of cardiometabolic disease: secondary outcome analysis in a 3-period, randomized, crossover, controlled feeding trial', American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vol. 115, no. 1, pp. 61-72.
Van Syoc, E, Weaver, E, Rogers, CJ, Silverman, JD, Ramachandran, R & Ganda, E 2022, 'Metformin modulates the gut microbiome in broiler breeder hens', Frontiers in Physiology, vol. 13, 1000144.
Rogers, CJ, Petersen, K & Kris-Etherton, PM 2022, 'Preventive Nutrition: Heart Disease and Cancer', Medical Clinics of North America, vol. 106, no. 5, pp. 767-784.
Simpson, AMR, De Souza, MJ, Damani, J, Rogers, C, Williams, NI, Weaver, C, Ferruzzi, MG, Chadwick-Corbin, S & Nakatsu, CH 2022, 'Prune supplementation for 12 months alters the gut microbiome in postmenopausal women', Food and Function, vol. 13, no. 23, pp. 12316-12329.
De Souza, MJ, Strock, NCA, Williams, NI, Lee, H, Koltun, KJ, Rogers, C, Ferruzzi, MG, Nakatsu, CH & Weaver, C 2022, 'Prunes preserve hip bone mineral density in a 12-month randomized controlled trial in postmenopausal women: the Prune Study', American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vol. 116, no. 4, pp. 897-910.
De Souza, MJ, Strock, NCA, Rogers, CJ, Williams, NI, Ferruzzi, MG, Nakatsu, CH, Simpson, AMR & Weaver, C 2022, 'Rationale and study design of Randomized Controlled Trial of Dietary Supplementation with prune (dried plums) on bone density, geometry, and estimated bone strength in postmenopausal women: The Prune study', Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications, vol. 28, 100941.
Oh, ES, Kris-Etherton, PM, Rogers, CJ & Petersen, K 2022, Role of dietary spices in modulating inflammation and oxidative stress. in Current Advances for Development of Functional Foods Modulating Inflammation and Oxidative Stress. Elsevier, pp. 545-580.
Damani, JJ, De Souza, MJ, VanEvery, HL, Strock, NCA & Rogers, CJ 2022, 'The Role of Prunes in Modulating Inflammatory Pathways to Improve Bone Health in Postmenopausal Women', Advances in Nutrition, vol. 13, no. 5, pp. 1476-1492.


Bruinsma, TJ, Dyer, AM, Rogers, CJ, Schmitz, KH & Sturgeon, KM 2021, 'Effects of diet and exercise-induced weight loss on biomarkers of inflammation in breast cancer survivors: A systematic review and meta-analysis', Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, vol. 30, no. 6, pp. 1048-1062.
Petersen, KS, Davis, KM, Rogers, CJ, Proctor, DN, West, SG & Kris-Etherton, PM 2021, 'Herbs and spices at a relatively high culinary dosage improves 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure in adults at risk of cardiometabolic diseases: A randomized, crossover, controlled-feeding study', American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vol. 114, no. 6, pp. 1936-1948.
Zhang, X, Wang, G, Forman, MR, Fu, Q, Rogers, CJ, Wu, S & Gao, X 2021, 'In utero and childhood exposure to the Great Chinese Famine and risk of cancer in adulthood: The Kailuan Study', American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vol. 114, no. 6, pp. 2017-2024.
Ba, Z, Lee, Y, Meng, H, Kris-Etherton, PM, Rogers, CJ, Lewis, ZT, Mills, DA, Furumoto, EJ, Rolon, ML, Fleming, JA & Roberts, RF 2021, 'Matrix Effects on the Delivery Efficacy of Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis BB-12 on Fecal Microbiota, Gut Transit Time, and Short-Chain Fatty Acids in Healthy Young Adults', mSphere, vol. 6, no. 4, pp. 1-17.
Oh, ES, Na, M & Rogers, CJ 2021, 'The Association Between Monocyte Subsets and Cardiometabolic Disorders/Cardiovascular Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis', Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine, vol. 8, 640124.


Xu, Y & Rogers, CJ 2020, 'Impact of physical activity and energy restriction on immune regulation of cancer', Translational Cancer Research, vol. 9, no. 9, pp. 5700-5731.
Xu, Y & Rogers, CJ 2020, 'Physical Activity and Breast Cancer Prevention: Possible Role of Immune Mediators', Frontiers in Nutrition, vol. 7, 557997.
Oh, ES, Petersen, KS, Kris-Etherton, PM & Rogers, CJ 2020, 'Spices in a High-Saturated-Fat, High-Carbohydrate Meal Reduce Postprandial Proinflammatory Cytokine Secretion in Men with Overweight or Obesity: A 3-Period, Crossover, Randomized Controlled Trial', Journal of Nutrition, vol. 150, no. 6, pp. 1600-1609.
Petersen, KS, Rogers, CJ, West, SG, Proctor, DN & Kris-Etherton, PM 2020, 'The effect of culinary doses of spices in a high-saturated fat, high-carbohydrate meal on postprandial lipemia and endothelial function: A randomized, controlled, crossover pilot trial', Food and Function, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 3191-3200.


Cantorna, MT, Rogers, CJ & Arora, J 2019, 'Aligning the Paradoxical Role of Vitamin D in Gastrointestinal Immunity', Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism, vol. 30, no. 7, pp. 459-466.
Sturgeon, KM, Mathis, KM, Rogers, CJ, Schmitz, KH & Waning, DL 2019, 'Cancer- and Chemotherapy-Induced Musculoskeletal Degradation', JBMR Plus, vol. 3, no. 3, e10187.
Turbitt, WJ, Collins, SD, Meng, H & Rogers, CJ 2019, 'Increased adiposity enhances the accumulation of MDSCs in the tumor microenvironment and adipose tissue of pancreatic tumor-bearing mice and in immune organs of tumor-free hosts', Nutrients, vol. 11, no. 12, 3012.
Turbitt, WJ, Xu, Y, Sosnoski, DM, Collins, SD, Meng, H, Mastro, AM & Rogers, CJ 2019, 'Physical activity plus energy restriction prevents 4T1.2 mammary tumor progression, MDSC accumulation, and an immunosuppressive tumor microenvironment', Cancer Prevention Research, vol. 12, no. 8, pp. 493-505.