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Abby Benninghoff

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Agricultural Experiment Station

Toxicology, Diet and Cancer, Epigenetics

Associate Professor

Educational Background

PhD, Marine Science, (Comparative Endocrinology), University of Texas at Austin, 2004
BS, Biochemistry and Biology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1997
Cirtificate of Training, Biosafety Levels II/III, Utah State University Environmental Health and Safety Office, 2010
Laboratory Saftey, Utah State University Environmental Health and Safety Office, 2010


Biography

Abby Benninghoff is an Associate Professor in Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences and the School of Veterinary Medicine at Utah State University. In 1997, she received her B.S. with dual majors in Biochemistry and Biology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She then completed her doctoral research in Marine Science, with a specialization in comparative endocrinology, at the University of Texas at Austin in 2004. Dr. Benninghoff then worked as a post-doctoral research associate at Oregon State University, where she received additional training in the areas of toxicology and carcinogenesis. In 2010, she joined USU faculty and initiated a multidisciplinary research program in toxicology, cancer and epigenetics. Dr. Benninghoff's laboratory currently includes four graduate students and ten undergraduate student researchers. She also collaborates with faculty across campus, including scientists in the departments of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science and Chemistry and Biochemistry. Dr. Benninghoff is an affiliate faculty member of the USTAR Applied Nutrition Research program, which has a research focus on gut microbiota, diet and health.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Benninghoff is currently a Distinguished Associate Professor of Honors Education, for which she teaches the honors breadth life science course Science and Society (HONR 1350). She also instructs two courses for her department, including Science Communication (ADVS 5650/6650) and Endocrinology (ADVS 563/6630), the latter of which is also cross-listed with Biology (BIOL 5630/6630). As a member of the School of Veterinary Medicine faculty, she also teaches components of veterinary physiology and directs the veterinary student research program (VM 7508 Research Orientation and VM 7509 Research Issues, Ethics and Literacy).

Research Interests

Research in Dr. Benninghoff’s laboratory is multi-disciplinary, covering topics ranging from dietary bioactives and cancer to toxicology to genome reprogramming and epigenetics. A major goal of Dr. Benninghoff’s research program is to understand the influence of environmental factors on mechanisms of gene regulation in determining health and disease in animals and humans. In other words, she focuses on the intersection of nature and nurture by investigating gene-environment interactions. Projects in her lab fall within two broad program objectives: 1) Determine how modification of dietary intakes of macronutrients, micronutrients and specific bioactive food chemicals may prevent or suppress carcinogenesis, and 2) understand how certain environmental contaminants (e.g., polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, perfluorinated chemicals) interact with the genome, either through receptor activation or modification of the epigenome, to increase cancer risk. Dr. Benninghoff’s research program is currently supported by funds from the Utah Agricultural Experiment Station, the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.


Contact Information

Office Hours: Thursday 3PM - 4PM and by appointment
Go toOffice Location: AGRS 246
DialPhone: 435-797-8649
SendEmail: abby.benninghoff@usu.edu

Awards

Award of Excellence to W-3122 Multi-State Research Group, 2016

Western Extension and Research Directors, USDA

Outstanding Graduate Mentor of the Year, 2016

Utah State University

Graduate Mentor of the Year, 2015

College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences

Faculty Researcher of the Year, 2014

Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences

Distinguished Associate Professor of Honors Education, 2014

Utah State University

Faculty Researcher of the Year, 2013

Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences

Colgate/Palmolive Grants for Alternative Research Award, 2006

Society of Toxicology and the Colgate/Palmolive Company

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2006

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

    Publications - Books & Book Chapters

      Book Chapters

    • Walter, R.B, Tilton, S.C, Orner, G.O, Benninghoff, A., Bailey, G.S, Williams, D.E, (2008). Carcinogenesis models: focus on xiphophorus and rainbow trout.

    * Has not been peer reviewed

    Publications - Fact Sheets

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      Publications - Curriculum

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        Publications - Journal Articles

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        Publications - Literary Journal

          * Has not been peer reviewed

          Publications - MultiMedia

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            Publications - Technical Reports

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              Publications - Translations & Transcripts

                Publications - Other

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                  Scheduled Teaching

                  VM 7508 - Research Orientation, Fall 2016

                  ADVS 5650, 6650 - Science Communication, Fall 2016

                  ADVS, VM 7519 - Veterinary Physiology I, Fall 2016

                  VM 7509 - Research Issues, Ethics, and Literacy, Spring 2016

                  ADVS, BIOL 5630, 6630 - Endocrinology, Fall 2015

                  VM 7508 - Research Orientation, Fall 2015

                  VM 7509 - Veterinary Physiology I, Fall 2015

                  HONR 1350 - Integrated Life Science, Spring 2015

                  VM 7509 - Research Issues, Ethics, and Literacy, Spring 2015

                  VM 7508 - Research Orientation, Fall 2014

                  ADVS 5650,6650 - Science Communication, Fall 2014

                  VM 7509 - Research Issues, Ethics, and Literacy, Spring 2014

                  VM 7519 - Physiology I, Fall 2013

                  VM 7508 - Research Orientation, Fall 2013

                  ADVS 5650,6650 - Science Communication, Fall 2013

                  ADVS 5630,6630 - Endocrinology, Spring 2013

                  VM 7509 - Research Issues, Ethics, and Literacy, Spring 2013

                  VM 7519 - Physiology I, Fall 2012

                  VM 7508 - Research Scholars Orientation, Fall 2012

                  ADVS 5650,6650 - Science Communication, Fall 2012

                  ADVS 6600 - Advanced and Molecular Toxicology, Fall 2011

                  ADVS 1090 - New Student Orientation, Fall 2011

                  ADVS 6650 - Science Communication, Fall 2011

                  ADVS 3910 - ST: ENDOCRINOLOGY, Spring 2011

                  ADVS 1090 - New Student Orientation, Fall 2010

                  ADVS 2040 - Introduction to Biotechnology, Spring 2010


                  Graduate Students Mentored

                  Daphne Rodriguez, Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences, August 2016
                  Hector Esquer, Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences, September 2015
                  Sumira Phatak, Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences, July 2014
                  Jocelyn Cuthbert, Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences, January 2014
                  Trevor Fish, Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences, July 2011 - August 2015
                  Stephany Perez Monsanto, Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences, September 2011 - August 2013