Cancer Research

Assistant Professor Dallas Donohoe is researching the concept that what we eat influences cancer development and progression. Recent advances by Donohoe suggest that in order for dietary fiber to have a protective effect against colorectal cancer the proper bacteria must be present in the intestinal tract. The metabolic product butyrate produced by these bacteria after chowing down on fiber reduces the risk for cancer. His research is designed to better define the role of bacteria-derived butyrate in colorectal cancer and develop strategies to increase those bacteria in high-fiber diets.

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