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Margherita Teresa-Anna Cantorna, PhD

Margherita Teresa-Anna Cantorna, PhD

Distinguished Professor, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics
Scientific Program:Mechanisms of Carcinogenesis

Research Interests

  • Vitamin D
  • Calcitriol Receptors
  • T-Lymphocytes
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
  • Calcitriol
  • Infections
  • Immune System
  • Knockout Mice
  • Vitamin A
  • Inflammation
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Diet

Recent Publications


Meyer, MB, Bernal-Mizrachi, C, Bikle, DD, Biyani, M, Campbell, MJ, Chaudhari, SN, Christakos, S, Ingles, SA, Knuth, MM, Lee, SM, Lisse, TS, Liu, ES, Piec, I, Plum, LA, Rao, SD, Reynolds, CJ, Thacher, TD, White, JH & Cantorna, MT 2023, 'Highlights from the 24th workshop on vitamin D in Austin, September 2022', Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, vol. 228, 106247.
Cantorna, MT & Arora, J 2023, 'Two lineages of immune cells that differentially express the vitamin D receptor', Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, vol. 228, 106253.


Davila, ML, Xu, M, Huang, C, Gaddes, ER, Winter, L, Cantorna, MT, Wang, Y & Xiong, N 2022, 'CCL27 is a crucial regulator of immune homeostasis of the skin and mucosal tissues', iScience, vol. 25, no. 6, 104426.
Arora, J, Wang, J, Weaver, V, Zhang, Y & Cantorna, MT 2022, 'Novel insight into the role of the vitamin D receptor in the development and function of the immune system', Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, vol. 219, 106084.
Chai, Z, Lyu, Y, Chen, Q, Wei, CH, Snyder, LM, Weaver, V, Sebastian, A, Albert, I, Li, Q, Cantorna, MT & Ross, C 2022, 'Transcriptional Profiling of the Small Intestine and the Colon Reveals Modulation of Gut Infection with Citrobacter rodentium According to the Vitamin A Status', Nutrients, vol. 14, no. 8, 1563.
Arora, J, Patel, DR, Nicol, MJ, Field, CJ, Restori, KH, Wang, J, Froelich, NE, Katkere, B, Terwilliger, JA, Weaver, V, Luley, E, Kelly, K, Kirimanjeswara, GS, Sutton, TC & Cantorna, MT 2022, 'Vitamin D and the Ability to Produce 1,25(OH)2D Are Critical for Protection from Viral Infection of the Lungs', Nutrients, vol. 14, no. 15, 3061.
Martineau, AR & Cantorna, MT 2022, 'Vitamin D for COVID-19: where are we now?', Nature Reviews Immunology, vol. 22, no. 9, pp. 529-530.


Chai, Z, Lyu, Y, Chen, Q, Wei, CH, Snyder, LM, Weaver, V, Sebastian, A, Albert, I, Li, Q, Cantorna, MT & Ross, AC 2021, 'RNAseq studies reveal distinct transcriptional response to vitamin A deficiency in small intestine versus colon, uncovering novel vitamin A-regulated genes', Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, vol. 98, 108814.


Fleet, JC, Bernal-Mizrachi, C, Hewison, M, Jorde, R, White, J, Cantorna, M, Schoenmakers, I & Erben, R 2020, 'Highlights from the 22nd workshop on vitamin D in New York City, May 2019', Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, vol. 203, 105747.
Snyder, LM, Arora, J, Kennett, MJ, Weaver, V & Cantorna, MT 2020, 'Retinoid Signaling in Intestinal Epithelial Cells Is Essential for Early Survival From Gastrointestinal Infection', Frontiers in immunology, vol. 11, 559635.


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.
Tian, Y, Gui, W, Smith, PB, Koo, I, Murray, IA, Cantorna, MT, Perdew, GH & Patterson, AD 2019, 'Isolation and Identification of Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor Modulators in White Button Mushrooms (Agaricus bisporus)', Journal of agricultural and food chemistry, vol. 67, no. 33, pp. 9286-9294.
Snyder, LM, McDaniel, KL, Tian, Y, Wei, CH, Kennett, MJ, Patterson, AD, Catharine Ross, A & Cantorna, MT 2019, 'Retinoic acid mediated clearance of Citrobacter rodentium in vitamin A deficient mice requires CD11b+ and T cells', Frontiers in immunology, vol. 10, no. JAN, 3090.
Cantorna, MT, Snyder, L & Arora, J 2019, 'Vitamin A and vitamin D regulate the microbial complexity, barrier function, and the mucosal immune responses to ensure intestinal homeostasis', Critical Reviews in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, vol. 54, no. 2, pp. 184-192.
Cantorna, MT, Lin, YD, Arora, J, Bora, S, Tian, Y, Nichols, RG & Patterson, AD 2019, 'Vitamin D Regulates the Microbiota to Control the Numbers of RORĪ³t/FoxP3+ Regulatory T Cells in the Colon', Frontiers in immunology, vol. 10, pp. 1772.
Lin, YD, Arora, J, Diehl, K, Bora, SA & Cantorna, MT 2019, 'Vitamin D is required for ILC3 derived IL-22 and protection from Citrobacter rodentium infection', Frontiers in immunology, vol. 10, no. JAN, 1.