Associate Faculty, Biodesign Center for Fundamental and Applied Microbiomics
Assistant Professor, School of Nutrition and Health Promotion
Dr. Corrie M. Whisner is an Assistant Professor of Nutrition in the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion at Arizona State University (ASU). After receiving both her BS and PhD in Nutrition Science from Purdue University, she was a USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative postdoctoral fellow in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University. Dr. Whisner’s research at ASU builds on both her doctoral and postdoctoral experiences which focused on nutrient metabolism in pediatric populations. During her doctoral work she studied the effects of prebiotic (novel dietary fiber) supplementation on calcium absorption and the gut microbiome in healthy adolescent boys and girls. Dr. Whisner utilized her postdoctoral training to expand her research expertise to include the effects of maternal diet on prenatal bone loss and fetal programming among pregnant adolescents. Currently, Dr. Whisner’s research focuses on the intricate relationships between dietary intake and intestinal microbial communities. Her work includes observational studies aimed at identifying dietary factors that impact the intestinal microbiome and supplementation trials to alter systemic metabolic health via microbial functions. Specific areas of systemic health that she has expertise in, include osteoporosis and obesity. Most recently, Dr. Whisner has completed a longitudinal study of college freshmen to assess how changes in lifestyle behaviors (diet, exercise and stress) impact the intestinal microbiome and subsequent weight-related outcomes.
Dr. Whisner is a member of the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) and is currently serving a two-year campaign on the Public Information Committee. She has also provided regular blog entries on the ASN blog and was a student representative for the Vitamins and Minerals Research Interest Section as a postdoc. In her short tenure at ASU, she has become a faculty affiliate with the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center, a national Exploratory Center of Excellence on minority health and health disparities, as well as a Core Faculty Member of the Fundamental and Applied Microbiomics Research Center. In June 2015, Dr. Whisner was one of 20 early career professional inductees into the Dannon Institute’s Nutrition Leadership Institute and a recipient of a “Diamond of the Department” award from her alma mater in May 2016.