Connie J. Rogers, Ph.D., M.P.H.

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Associate Professor

Contact Information

205 Chandlee Laboratory
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-863-6103


M.P.H., The University of Pittsburgh, 2003
Ph.D., The University of Pittsburgh, 1998

Research Interests

My research focuses on the role of changes in energy balance and related nutritional factors on inflammation, immune regulation and cancer risk using both animal models and human subjects.

Selected Publications

Walsh NP, Gleeson M, Shephard RJ, Gleeson M, Woods JA, Bishop NC, Fleshner M, Green C, Pedersen BK, Hoffman-Goetz L, Rogers C.J., Northoff H, Abbasi A and Simon P. Position Statement Part One: Immune Function and Exercise. Exerc Immunol Rev. 2011. 17: 6-63.

Flock, M.R., Rogers, C.J., Prabhu, K.S., Kris-Etherton, P.M. Immunometabolic role of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids in obesity-induced inflammation. Diabetes/Metabolism Research and Reviews. 2013. 29(6):431-45.

Sae-tan, S., Rogers, C.J., Lambert, J.D. Voluntary exercise and green tea enhance the expression of genes related to energy utilization and attenuate metabolic syndrome in high fat fed mice. Molecular Nutrition & Food Research. 2014. 58(5):1156-9.6.

Rogers, C.J., Prabhu, K.S., Kumar, M.V. The Microbiome and Obesity – an Established Risk for Certain Cancer Types. Cancer Journal. 2014. 20(3):176-80.

Sinha R, Cooper TK, Rogers CJ, Sinha I, Turbitt WJ, Calcagnotto A, Perrone CE, Richie JP. Dietary methionine restriction inhibits prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia in TRAMP mice. Prostate. 2014; 74 (16):1663-73.

Sae-tan, S., Rogers, C.J., Lambert, J.D. Decaffeinated Green Tea and Voluntary Exercise Induce Gene Changes Related to Beige Adipocyte Formation in High Fat-Fed Obese Mice. Journal of Functional Foods. 2015;14: 210-214.

Meng, H., Lee, Y., Fleming, J., Roberts, R.F., Kris-Etherton, P., Ba, Z., Furumoto, E.J., Rogers, C.J. In vitro production of IL-6 and IFN- is influenced by dietary variables and predicts upper respiratory tract infection incidence and severity respectively in young adults. Frontiers in Immunology. 2015; 6(94); 1-13.

Turbitt, W.J., Black, A.J., Collins, S.D., Meng, H., Xu, H., Washington, S., Aliaga, C., El-Bayoumy, K., Manni, A., Rogers, C.J. Fish oil enhances T cell function and tumor infiltration and is correlated with a cancer prevention effect in HER-2/neu but not PyMT transgenic mice. Nutrition and Cancer. 2015;67(6):965-75.

Meng H., Ba, Z., Lee, Y., Fleming, J. A., Furumoto, E. J., Roberts, R. F., Kris-Etherton, P. M., Rogers, C. J. Consumption of Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis BB-12 in yogurt reduced expression of TLR-2 on peripheral blood-derived monocytes and pro-inflammatory cytokine secretion in young adults. European Journal of Nutrition. 2015. Nov. 30 [Epub ahead of print].

Meng H., Lee, Y., Ba, Z., Fleming, J. A., Furumoto, E. J., Roberts, R. F., Kris-Etherton, P. M., Rogers, C. J. Consumption of Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis BB-12 impacts upper respiratory tract infection and the function of T cells and NK cells in young adults. The Journal of Molecular Nutrition and Functional Foods. 2016 [Epub ahead of print].

Courses Taught

NUTR 445 Nutrient Metabolism I

NUTR 490W Nutrition Seminar

NUTR 597I Nutritional Immunology

NUTR 501 Regulation of Nutrient Metabolism I