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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


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, K, 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.


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.