Zora Djuric, Ph.D.

Research Professor, Departments 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
120 articles.

Research Interests

Dr. Djuric's lab is currently evaluating the relationships between diet composition, obesity and cancer prevention. This research uses biomarkers of cancer risk as an endpoint in clinical trials. Much of the work concerns developing novel biomarkers and/or better methods to detect biomarkers of risk in humans. The lab has also developed novel methodology for eliciting dietary changes, with a particular emphasis on dietary patterns as a whole. Some of these methods are being applied to community and primary care settings to encourage preventive lifestyles.


Umoh FI, Kato I, Ren J, Wachowiak PL, Ruffin MT 4th, Turgeon DK, Sen A, Brenner DE, Djuric Z. Markers of systemic exposures to products of intestinal bacteria in a dietary intervention study. Eur J Nutr. 2015 Apr 24. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25903259.

Djuric Z, Turgeon DK, Ren J, Neilson A, Plegue M, Waters IG, Chan A, Askew LM, Ruffin MT 4th, Sen A, Brenner DE. Effects of a Mediterranean Diet Intervention on Anti- and Pro-Inflammatory Eicosanoids, Epithelial Proliferation, and Nuclear Morphology in Biopsies of Normal Colon Tissue. Nutr Cancer. 2015 Jul;67(5):721-9. PubMed PMID: 25869112;

Li Y, Sen A, Ren J, Askew LM, Sidahmed E, Brenner DE, Ruffin MT 4th, Turgeon DK, Djuric Z. Effects of vitamin E from supplements and diet on colonic α- and γ-tocopherol concentrations in persons at increased colon cancer risk. Nutr Cancer. 2015;67(1):73-81. PubMed PMID: 25372556; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4281489.

Jiang Y, Djuric Z, Sen A, Ren J, Kuklev D, Waters I, Zhao L, Uhlson CL, Hong YH, Murphy RC, Normolle DP, Smith WL, Brenner DE. Biomarkers for personalizing omega-3 fatty acid dosing. Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2014 Oct;7(10):1011-22. PubMed PMID: 25139294;

Sidahmed E, Cornellier ML, Ren J, Askew LM, Li Y, Talaat N, Rapai MS, Ruffin MT, Turgeon DK, Brenner D, Sen A, Djuric Z. Development of exchange lists for Mediterranean and Healthy Eating diets: implementation in an intervention trial. J Hum Nutr Diet. 2014 Oct;27(5):413-25. PubMed PMID: 24112099;

Porenta SR, Ko YA, Gruber SB, Mukherjee B, Baylin A, Ren J, Djuric Z. Interaction of fatty acid genotype and diet on changes in colonic fatty acids in a Mediterranean diet intervention study. Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2013 Nov;6(11):1212-21. PMID: 24022589;