Zora Djuric, Ph.D.


University of Michigan
Department of Family Medicine
Cancer Center/Geriatric Center
2150 CCGC, SPC 5930
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-5930

Administrative Contact

Lois Phizacklea, 734-998-7874, loisp@med.umich.edu


Dr. Zora Djuric is a cancer prevention researcher with a joint appointment as a Research Professor in Family Medicine and in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the School of Public Health. Her work focuses mainly on the role of nutrition in cancer prevention, but she has collaborations in diverse areas that utilize similar dietary approaches for better health. She is on the faculty of the Cancer Biology Program at the Medical School, she trains Nutritional Sciences graduate students, mentors resident research in Family Medicine, and she mentors students in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. Nationally she is active in the American Society for Nutritional Sciences (ASN) and serves on the Nutritional Sciences Council 2015-2017. She is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research, the International Carotenoid Society and a Fellow of the Obesity Society having served as chair of the Obesity and Cancer Interest section. She is active in manuscript review and has served on several journal editorial boards. Dr. Djuric is regularly invited to participate in grant review for the National Institutes of Health, and she is currently a member of the review panel for the PREVENT Cancer Program of the National Cancer Institute.     

Areas of Interest

Research Interests
  • Relationships between diet composition, obesity and cancer prevention
  • Developing methodology for eliciting specific dietary changes and using biomarker endpoints to elucidate the mechanisms by which diet can reduce cancer risk
  • Dietary patterns as a whole versus single dietary components
  • Mechanisms by which specific types of dietary patterns can be useful for preventing weight gain
  • Applying the methodology developed to community and clinical settings
Department Areas


Advanced Degrees
  • M.S., Environmental Health Sciences, University of Michigan, School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, Mich., 1980
  • Ph.D., Toxicology, University of Michigan, School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, Mich., 1983
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Center for Toxicological Research, Food and Drug Administration, Jefferson, Ark., 1986


Current Research
  • Project 1: Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Colon Cancer, NIH, Co-Investigator (PI: Brenner)
  • Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research, NIH, This supplement pays for a graduate student (effort and tuition) who works with Dr. Djuric on Project #1 within the GI Spore, Dean Brenner, Spore PI.
  • Great Lakes/New England Clinical Validation Center, NIH/ NCI, Co-Investigator (PI: Brenner)
  • Validation of Colon Biomarkers for the Early Detection of Colorectal Adenocarcinoma, NIH, Co-Investigator (PI: Brenner)
  • Maternal Diet and Susceptibility to Neonatal Brain Injury, NIH, Co-Investigator (PI: Barks)