Zora Djuric, Ph.D.

Research Professor of Family Medicine and Nutritional Sciences


Zora Djuric received her B.S. degree in biochemistry from Texas A&M University and her Ph.D. degree in Toxicology from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Her postdoctoral training was in the field of chemical carcinogenesis at the National Center for Toxicological Research. Dr. Djuric became a faculty member at Wayne State University and the Karmanos Cancer Institute, working there for 18 years. She moved to the University of Michigan Department of Family Medicine in 2003. She is a member of the University of Michigan Cancer Center and has a joint appointment in the Department of Nutritional Sciences. She serves on national grant review panels, is active in several professional organizations, and is an elected member of the Nutritional Sciences Governing Council of the American Society for Nutrition. She has published more than 130 articles.


Research Interests

The goal of my research program is to develop dietary approaches for reducing cancer risk. This work has included both clinical trials and animal studies. We have developed methodology for eliciting dietary changes that target key mechanisms in carcinogenic processes. The laboratory has also developed methods to quantify biomarkers of risk, which is often challenging in some types of samples, such as human biopsies. Current studies are investigating the interplay of obesity and background diet in modulating the efficacy of preventive agents. Finally, I am interested in applying the methodology developed to elicit dietary changes in research settings to community and clinical settings.


Faith Umoh, Ananda Sen, Jianwei Ren, Ikuko Kato, Mack T. Ruffin IV, D. Kim Turgeon, Dean E. Brenner, and Zora Djuric. Markers of systemic exposures to products of intestinal bacteria in a dietary intervention study, European Journal of Nutrition, 55(2): 793-798, 2016. PMC4619169

Anna Arthur, Emily Bellile, Laura Rozek, Karen Peterson, Jianwei Ren, Ethan Harris, Christie Mueller, Lisa Peterson, Gregory T. Wolf and Zora Djuric, Pretreatment serum carotenoid concentrations predict head and neck cancer recurrence and survival, Head & Neck: Journal for The Sciences & Specialties of The Head and Neck, 38 Suppl 1:E1591-7, 2016. PMC4844799

Elkhansa Sidahmed, Ananda Sen, Jianwei Ren, Arsh Patel, D. Kim Turgeon, Mack T. Ruffin, Dean Brenner and Zora Djuric. Colonic saturated fatty acid concentrations and expression of cox-1, but not diet, predict prostaglandin e2 in normal human colon tissue, Nutrition and Cancer, 68(7):1192-201, 2016. PMC 5061293.

Suzanna Zick, J. Colacino, M. Cornelier, T. Khobir, J. Ren, K. Surnow, Z. Djuric. Fatigue Reduction Diet in Breast Cancer Survivors: A Pilot Randomized Clinical Trial. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, 161:299-310, 2017; PMC in progress

Zora Djuric, Nadeem M. Aslam, Becky Simon, Ananda Sen, Yan Jiang, Jianwei Ren, Rena Chan, Tanu Soni, T.M. Rajendiran, William L. Smith and Dean E. Brenner. Effects of fish oil supplementation on prostaglandins in normal and tumor colon tissue: modulation by the lipogenic phenotype of colon tumors, J. Nutr. Biochemistry, 46:90-99, 2017. PMC in progress.